Effective homemade herbal mosquito repellent
Learn how to make a herbal mosquito repellent that actually works. This natural, non-toxic herbal mosquito repellant is safe and effective.
Mosquitoes carry Dengue Fever, Malaria, West Nile Virus, and other serious illnesses. In our area, while it’s rare that some of these tropical diseases break out, mosquitoes traumatize children, and their bites are annoying, in the least and can lead to infection. The heavy rains and local flooding we are experiencing in BC, making it more likely that the mosquito population will be troublesome this summer.
The conventional way to combat the buzzing plague is to smother our skin with poison. The warning on the label of DEET based repellents makes you wonder if the cure isn’t worse than the disease. But herbs have been used for centuries to combat insect-vector disease and they are even more effective today when you can get quality, essential oils at very low prices. You only need 30 ml of any of these essential oils to make your own Herbal Mosquito repellent.
My daughter is off to Pines Bible Camp to counsel for the summer. Last night I made a huge bottle of non-toxic, herbal mosquito repellent to keep her comfortable and safe, with enough to share with the campers. Herbal mosquito repellent is even more effective when a group of people are wearing it. In fact, Sarah reports that the mosquitoes swarm those poor, misguided souls wearing DEET based repellent when she shows up with herbal mosquito repellent. This spray works on mosquitoes, ticks, black flies, no-see-ums, fleas, and lice. The spray acts as an insecticide, too, and it’s safe and effective for humans and other mammals.
Homemade Herbal Mosquito Repellent
This recipe makes 500 ml of herbal mosquito repellent:
1 — 500 ml (pint) amber glass bottle (you can upcycle a bottle that essential oils came in or use an olive oil bottle)
2 tbsp (30ml) Organic Tea Tree E.O.
2 tbsp (30 ml) Lemon Verbena E.O.
2 tsp (10ml) Cedarwood E.O.
2 tsp. (10 ml) Peppermint E.O.
2 tsp. (10 ml) Lavender E.O.
1 tbsp. (15 ml) Eucalyptus E.O.
2 tsp. (10ml) Rose Geranium E.O.
Fill up remaining space in the bottle with Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
By using an oil base for your herbal mosquito repellent, you preserve the essential oils, you make the repellent waterproof, and you avoid rancidity.
Tropical Traditions now carries organic, steam distilled essential oils.
To purchase quality, fresh, essential oils and carrier oils online, go to Mountain Rose Herbs:
If you don’t have some of the essential oils you can substitute or use more of one and less of another. As it is, it works perfectly, for the bugs we have around here. Lemon and tea trees are the basis. It’s not just a repellent. It will actually kill the bug, if it bites you, so the bugs avoid it. It works for ticks and fleas, too.
You can use it to spray pets, livestock, and it’s safe for babies. (Omit the tea tree e.o. if you are using it on cats or rabbits) Reapply as often as necessary.
Adapting a commercial spray mechanism to the glass bottle for more effective application:
The spray mechanism is the spritzer top from a spray bottle, sold for cleaning solutions. It fits perfectly on the 500 ml amber bottles. It will also fit the screw-top olive oil green glass bottles. To make it fit, you simply detach the plastic tube from the sprayer top. Measure the tube against the bottle that you want to use to hold your herbal mosquito repellent. Cut off the excess tube at the top (not the bottom). Reinsert the cut edge into the sprayer top. And screw onto the top of your bottle. You can shut off the spray, so the bottle doesn’t dribble during transport. And you can control the fineness of the spray for application.
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You don’t want to store the product in plastic, though, as the essential oils will leach from the plastic and degrade the plastic bottle. Always use glass or another inert container to store products that contain volatile essential oils.
This is great for the south! We have mosquitos that could probably carry away people!
Wow, another great piece of information! I love reading your posts everyday and have learned so much! Now, to find an ambered bottle and order some oils!
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Thanks for sharing this! I will have to give this a try.
Thanks so much for this recipe. I don’t want to use deet on my kids, but every “natural” repellent I’ve used either doesn’t work or smells like vomit. I will definitely give this a try.
This is soo amazing! I hate using deet, but most of the other repellents smell like vomit. I will definitely give this a try. Thanks!
I’d really like to make this, but where can I buy the essential oils. I live in a small town, and there’s no where local to purchase them from. Do placs like Wal-mart, Hobby Lobby, and etc have them, or is there somewhere on-line to buy them at a reasonable price?
Joybilee Farm says
Hi, Denise you can buy the essential oils online through Mountain Rose Herbs. There is a link in the article. Their prices are reasonable and the herbs are guaranteed organic and fresh.
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When you say you only need 30 ml of an EO, do you mean you use just one oil at 30 ml or a mixture of oils to make 30 ml. or use 30 ml of each? (or the amount you have listed by each oil and use every oil?)
Joybilee Farm says
Use every oil at the amount listed. 30ml is 2 tbsp. This recipe makes 500 ml of repellent, so if you are making a smaller amount you can reduce the essential oil proportionately. That’s why I included the ml measurements because it makes reducing the recipe easier.
Not good to use around cats and other small animals since essential oils can be toxic to them…
Joybilee Farm says
You can use it around them, because the essential oils are well diluted by the carrier oil. But you wouldn’t want to spray it directly on them. Basically you spray it on your hands and then rub it on exposed skin on your own body. Not all essential oils are toxic to cats. You need to know your essential oils. If you are worried you can omit the essential oils that are toxic to cats (in this recipe only tea tree oil). The recipe will still be effective.