Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent

Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent

Well, despite the slow start summer really is coming to the East coast, and with it comes…Mosquitoes.

Herbalists and aromatherapists have been saying for years that there are plenty of less toxic and more pleasant natural alternatives to the average bug spray, but until recently the CDC has only recommend DEET as a mosquito repellent.

Of course we want to protect our kids and ourselves from mosquitoes and the potential for mosquito-borne illnesses, but there haven’t seemed to be a lot of alternatives.

This year, however, the CDC has officially announced that Essential Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is an effective mosquito repellent. And we’re overjoyed to hear it. We’ve been using Eucalyptus, Holy Basil, Geranium, Patchouli, and Lemongrass oils for years, in the garden and the woods, to repel bugs, but now it’s official!

Try the following recipe for your very own great-smelling and super-effective mosquito repellent!

Bug Repellent Spray, recipe by Olivia MacMillan, Clinical Aromatherapist

2 oz spray bottle filled with water

10 drops Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops Geranium essential oil

5 drops Patchouli essential oil

5 drops Lemongrass essential oil

Add the essential oil to the bottle, shake well and mist over everything from hair to skin to clothes to dogs and beyond as a natural bug repellent. Essential oils are not good for cats, and of course be careful not to get it in your eyes!

I want to learn more about essential oils!

 

CDC Says Lemon Eucalyptus As Effective As DEET

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