Mosquitoes ruining your summer, but you’re finding it hard to get a mosquito repellant spray that is safe for your kids and you? Fret not, this blog will tell you all about how essential oils double up as natural and effective organic mosquito repellants.
Some mosquitoes are attracted to bacteria and sweat while others like carbon dioxide and certain smells. This also means that there are certain smells they cannot stand and that’s why these essential oils work so well.
But why can’t you use DEET products as a mosquito repellant, you ask? Because DEET products are problematic. They’re not only toxic for you and your family and pets, but they’re also bad for the environment.
1. Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
The best-known natural mosquito repellant, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil effective ingredient in keeping mosquitoes at bay. But ensure that your lemon eucalyptus essential oil is pure, high-quality and sourced responsibly.
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil is derived from Corymbia citriodora and smells soft, fresh and lemony, like citronella. PMD (para-menthane-3,8-diol) found in this essential oil is as effective as DEET in keeping away mosquitoes while still being gentle on the skin.
People have been using Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil as a mosquito and bug repellant since the 1940s! In fact, a study showed that 32 percent of Lemon Eucalyptus Oil provided more than 95 percent protection against mosquitoes for 3 hours.
Check out our 100% pure, organic and responsibly sourced Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil here.
2. Cinnamon Essential Oil
Smells like Christmas and repels mosquitoes? Where do we sign up?! Cinnamon Essential Oil is not just great in food and drinks, it is also a natural mosquito repellant. Remember to use a well-sourced oil for maximum benefits.
How does Cinnamon Essential Oil work as a mosquito repellant? Cinnamon Essential Oil contains eugenol, cinnamyl acetate, anethole, and cinnamaldehyde properties that make it a great ingredient in natural mosquito repellant sprays.
In fact, this study showed that Cinnamon Essential Oil can kill mosquito eggs and act as a repellant to adult mosquitoes, especially the Asian tiger mosquito.
Buy our steam distilled, 100% pure and organic Ceylon Cinnamon Essential Oil here.
3. Cedarwood Essential Oil
Believed to be the first oil ever extracted, Cedarwood Essential Oil smells like pine forests – warm, balsamic, and woody.
Cedarwood Essential Oil can not only repel but also kill mosquitoes, according to this study. Bonus, it can also help you steer clear of flying termites, bees, flies, and cockroaches.
Read the other benefits and uses of Cedarwood Essential Oil here.
Buy our 100% pure and organic Himalayan Cedarwood Essential Oil sourced right from the foothills of the Himalayas here.
4. Lavender Essential Oil
The wonderful smell of lavender is not a mosquito favourite. A study from 2002 on mice found lavender oil to be effective at repelling adult mosquitoes.
It is also a skin soother so it’ll not only prevent mosquito bites but also soothe those angry, itchy, red bumps.
Buy our Himalayan Lavender Oil that is made in the Indian state of Kashmir here.
Buy our mosquito repellant spray that contains Himalayan Lavender, Himalayan Cedarwood and more essential oils here.
5. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil, or melaleuca oil, is a popular essential oil from Australia. This oil is known for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. But studies also suggest that Tea Tree Essential Oil may be an effective mosquito repellent.
It has a strong earthy and herbaceous smell that mozzies don’t really like. Like our Himalayan Lavender Essential Oil, our Tea Tree Essential Oil also has soothing properties, making it great for itchy mosquito bites as well.
Tea Tree Oil is toxic when ingested, so never consume it orally or leave it out where children or pets can do so. It should only be used on the skin with a carrier oil.
Buy our 100% pure and organic Australian Tea Tree Essential Oil here.
All of these essential oils make great natural mosquito repellants but what if you could put their power together? When we made the Ollie Mosquito Repellent Spray, that is exactly what we did.
Ollie is passionate about keeping mosquitoes and nasty bugs away… but in a completely safe way! The Mosquito Repellant Spray contains 10 different essential oils, a completely safe alcohol base, distilled water and nothing else! Try it here.