Natural Insect Repellent

 by Dr Uzelac

Insect Repellent – Homemade

Essential oils work great as a natural insect repellent. You can decide which one to use depending on which insect you want to protect yourself from.  Do not forget you need to mix the essential oils with the carrier oil - they are very concentrated and if not mixed with a carrier oil, may burn your skin. Also, make sure not to expose your skin to sun if you sprayed it with citrus oils for they can cause skin discolorations.

Aromatherapy

Here is a short info about which insects are repelled by which oils.

• cinnamon (mosquitoes)
• lemon eucalyptus or eucalyptus (mosquitoes, ticks, and lice)
• citronella (mosquitoes and biting flies)
• castor (mosquitoes)
• orange (fleas)
• rose geranium (ticks and lice)

Safe carrier oils:

• coconut oil
• olive oil
• sunflower oil
• witch hazel

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Directions

Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin or oil
Add about 25 drops of essential oils to desired scent.

Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You’ll need to reapply the natural product after about an hour or after swimming or exercise.

Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight. If you wish, you may combine the oil with aloe vera gel to change the consistency of the product.

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