Essential Oil to Repel Mosquitoes & a DIY bug repellent balm


There is only one month left to summer 2021 but bug season goes all the way till end of September depending on the region.


Mosquitoes & bugs are important to maintain ecosystems and I try not to let the thought of pesky mosquitoes and black flies keep me from enjoying summer but let me just put it out there I hate mosquitoes, have hated them as long as I can remember.


If you are like me and are a mosquito magnet, you are probably tired of having itchy, bumpy skin and I want to keep them far, far away from your personal space.


Some essential oils have proven to be quite effective and helpful in repelling mosquitoes & bugs. They are a natural solution and can be used instead of commercial bug sprays.


FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OILS TO FIGHT BUGS


Citronella

Citronella essential oil is well recommended against mosquitoes, but the plant is also very popular as a repellent against fleas, head lice, flies, ticks. Citronella essential oil has a crisp, floral, citrus-like aroma


Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Lemon eucalyptus oil also contains significant amounts of citronella and is extracted from lemon eucalyptus trees. It has a clean herbaceous scent with a sweet citrus finish. It works very well in a diffuser.


Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a fresh, slightly medicinal scent with characteristic woody, camphoraceous notes. Tea tree can protect and soothe painful bites from mosquitoes.


Lavender:

Lavender essential oil work well as a deterrent against fleas and ticks. Read our previous blog post on all the other benefits of lavender essential oil.


HOW TO MAKE BUG REPELLENT BALM


INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 shea butter

1/4 cup beeswax

8 drops of bug repellent essential oils (pick one or a mixture of oils from the list above)

Containers


INSTRUCTIONS

Melt all the ingredients, except the essential oils, in the microwave in 10 seconds short bursts, stirring between them. Let mixture cool a bit, then add in essential oils. Stir well until combined. Pour into containers. Allow the mixture to cool completely before use.

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