Did you know that mosquitoes are drawn to a specific blood type?
It’s true, they prefer the ‘O’ group which, unfortunately for me, happens to be mine.
So how do I prevent being eaten by these pests?
Way back when I didn’t know any better, I used to bathe in a DEET filled repellent whenever I’d go hiking, to the park, or even to the beach. Yes! I had no clue of the dangers in a generic bottle of repellant. If you’re unfamiliar with these dangers, allow me to enlighten you.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information conducted a research in 2004 which resulted in some disturbing findings. DEET causes significant behavioral impairment associated with brain disease. Exponentially decaying the brain overtime which will ultimately cause permanent brain impairments.
After reading that I knew I had to find a natural way to ward off these suckers.
I was curious about how many types of mosquitoes existed since most of the research I read was only done on three types, so I googled “How many types of mosquito are there?” The results sent my skin crawling. More than 3,000 different types of mosquitoes live on the earth with us! That’s a scary thought.
During my research, I found three types of natural repellents that actually work. Some are more effective than others so to combine their strengths and ward off a wider range of bugs, I chose to mix them.
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Here are the two most effective natural repellants you can make at home.
#3: Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang in a carrier oil like coconut oil will protect your skin from incessant bites for up to one and a half hours. Even though the effectiveness doesn’t last as long as traditional DEET repellents it does a great job of keeping those suckers away from your blood. Traditionally ylang ylang has also been used to treat malaria.
Add two to three drops in one tablespoon of carrier oil and you’ll have yourself a quick and easy homemade repellent.
Insects hate peppermint. Not just mosquitoes but a wide array of bugs like spiders and ants hate the smell. That makes this oil a perfect addition to our mixture. It smells great, has a cooling feeling when it comes in contact with our skin, and keeps the bugs away. It’s a must-have ingredient for me.
When buying, make sure that the oil is not diluted with any other ingredient and is 100% pure.
Add one to two drops in one tablespoon of carrier oil.
#1: Lemon Eucalyptus
At number one we have the only essential oil approved by the CDC as being highly effective against mosquitoes. Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil comes from a tall north-eastern Australian tree commonly known as lemon-scented gum or spotted gum. With three hours of protection, you can go on a hike and return without worrying about reapplying. Just to be on the safe side, I advise preparing a portable mist to spray on open skin periodically because sweating does attract mosquitoes and the goal here is to not be bitten.
Add three to four drops in one tablespoon of carrier oil.
My recipe below includes all these essential oils.
I know the agony of not being able to take in a breathtaking view with the wind rushing through my hair because I’m hopping from one leg to the next trying and failing miserably to get away from flying insects. If you’re just as irritated as I was, give this mix a try and let me know how it works for you.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Ingredients for body oil
1/4 cup Neem oil
1 tbsp coconut oil
10 drops Lemon Eucalyptus
4 drops Peppermint
6 drops Ylang Ylang
Mix all ingredients together in a small bottle and apply to the exposed skin. Shake thoroughly before use. Reapply every 3-4 hours.
Ingredients for a body mist
1/4 cup Witch Hazel
4 drops Lemon Eucalyptus
2 drops Peppermint
4 drops Ylang Ylang
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Reapply every 1-2 hours.
When using any type of essential oil perform a small patch test before using to prevent skin irritation.
Wash hands thoroughly after applying any essential oil and avoid the eyes, lips, or mouth area.
We do not recommend the ingestion of any essential oils.
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