essential oil mosquito spray

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This essential oil mosquito spray is a miracle for girls like me. I was covered in mosquito bites all summer for as long as I can remember. This natural spray is my favorite natural deterrent to mosquitos and ticks.

Female mosquitos rely on the protein in the blood for fertile egg production, and it turns off they are fond of O-type blood. Almost 40 percent of the population has type O blood, so the ladies have nearly a 1-in-3 chance of getting their favorite drink when searching for food.

How mosquitos locate their prey.

Popular studies suggest mosquitos locate human targets primarily by smell. When you breathe, you exhale Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This is the primary attraction of mosquitos. Since you can't stop breathing, we must mask our scent with something mosquitos find unattractive. The beauty of the spray recipe is that you and your kids won't find the smell offensive.

What is the history of commercial pest sprays?

Mosquito sprays were developed by the US Army in 1946, fighting in the Pacific during the second world war. It took ten years for corporations to bring commercial repellents to the general population.

My Dad should have bought stock in those first commercial mosquito spray companies. The entire family suffered from bug bites on camping and beach trips. In 1957 the EPA approved N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, the common name DEET, for use in sprays, and it remains the main repellent ingredient today. The government allows Insecticides to contain from five to 99 percent DEET. You never know how much DEET you get in these cans.

The EPA justifies using these chemicals in sprays for children and adults based on the number of diseases mosquitos carry and the effectiveness of keeping those diseases away from the general public.

The EPA usage guidelines made me concerned enough that I started to try and just avoid it. But going without a mosquito repellent exposes us to maleria, West Nile, Zika, and several other viruses, The EPA says regarding DEET application:
  • Do not apply over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.

  • Do not apply to hands or near eyes and mouth of young children.

  • Do not allow young children to apply this product.

  • Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing.

  • Do not use under clothing.

  • Avoid over-application of this product.

  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water.

  • Wash treated clothing before wearing it again.

  • Use of this product may cause skin reactions in rare cases.

All natural essential oil mosquito spray to the rescue!

I avoid processed and artificial foods. I don't use makeup or cleaners with petroleum. So the idea of putting chemicals on my skin is a red flag warning, especially if I can get or make something natural that works as well. This mosquito spray does work.

The essential oil mosquito repellent spray recipe.

You can make this recipe using just the oils in the set from Amazon mixed with alcohol, glycerin, and witch hazel. You can order those oils separately if you want to use the geranium and citronella fragrances.

Supplies Needed

Multi-purpose essential oil set

10-ounce mister bottle set

Distilled or boiled water
Vodka or rubbing alcohol
Witch Hazel

Optional Citronella, Bergamot and Geranium Oil.

Step by Step Instructions

Use a clean 10-ounce spray bottle. I use an aerosol bottle that sprays a fine mist for better coverage.

Add the following to your 10-ounce bottle.

Base Mixture
1/2 cup distilled or boiled tap water
1/2 cup of witch hazel
1 teaspoon of glycerin (helps the mix stick to the skin)
1 tablespoon of vodka or rubbing alcohol (helps essential oils emulsify)
Essential Oils
30 drops of geranium (You can substitute bergamot, grapefruit, or the sweet orange in the kit.)
30 drops of citronella (You can substitute lemongrass; if you live in a high tick area, you can use the cedarwood included in the kit.)
Ten drops of lemon (from the kit)
Ten drops of eucalyptus (from the kit)
Ten drops of rosemary (from the kit)
Ten drops of lavender (from the kit)

Shake the bottle to mix all the ingredients. Apply a light spray to all exposed skin. **You will want to shake the bottle before each application to guarantee everything stays mixed.**

This essential oil mosquito spray is easy to assemble and lasts a long time. The cost to make your own repellent is just about half the cost of the commercial, chemical-laden cans, and this is so much safer for the family.

You will find other ways to use your essential oils around the house. There are literally hundreds of recipes for replacing commercial window cleaners, laundry soap, and nasal sprays. Essential oils make excellent additives to cleaners and air fresheners. Essential oils are known to help boost mood and energy, and certain scents actually help you focus on tasks and learning.

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