Conventional mosquito repellents often smell like they’re full of chemicals and are unpleasant to apply. Despite that, they’ve been flying off the shelves since Singapore’s first reported case of Zika early this week. If you find that your local pharmacy has ran out of mosquito repellent, don’t panic as you can DIY your own.
Certain essential oils have been researched to be effective at repelling mosquitos. They can be used as natural mosquito repellents and safe for children.
Essential oils effective against mosquitos:
- Citronella oil
- Lemon Eucalyptus oil
Things to note before you start using essential oils:
Essential oils can be used in a multitude of ways but according to Puressentiel co-founder Isabelle Pacchioni, you should always do a patch test to check if you are allergic to them. Following the application instruction and dosage is also important as misuse of essential oils may lead to certain side effects like headaches.
Pregnant women and mothers who are breastfeeding should also seek doctor’s advice before using them as the molecules of essential oils are very small and able to penetrate and travel through the blood stream.
Rub-on mosquito repellent
Note that essential oils should never be used directly on its on when applying it to the body. They are very concentrated and should be mixed with a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or avocado oil. If you’re using it as a rub-on, add about 10 to 20 drops of essential oil to 10 tablespoons of carrier oil.
Mix well and apply on exposed skin.
Spray-on mosquito repellent
You will need:
- Essential oil
- Carrier oil (you can also use vegetable glycerin)
- Distilled water
- Empty spray bottle
- Witch hazel
Mix one teaspoon of carrier oil, one teaspoon of witch hazel and about 15 to 25 drops of essential oils together. Add this mixture to about 25 ml of water and pour it into your spray bottle. Shake well before use.
You can use essential oils at home with vapourisers or oil burners to keep it mosquito-free.