Another homemade mosquito remedy

Mosquito bites human skin picture. Credit: http://morguefile.com/creative/mrooczek262

Photo credit: http://morguefile.com/creative/mrooczek262

Since it’s the middle of the summer in Austin, every time I go outside I immediately get 2-3 mosquito bites. And because of drought, it’s not even a bad mosquito season here! These little buggers are on my mind right now. So it’s not surprising that I’m tuned in to noticing articles about how to kill the pests. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how you can plant mosquito-repelling plants in your outdoor areas. Yesterday I read an article in BackHome magazine with a recipe to make a homemade mosquito spray. It uses natural essential oils mixed with rubbing alcohol. I’m going to try this recipe ASAP!

Homemade mosquito spray recipe:

  • 1/2 oz. citronella oil
  • 1/4 oz. lavender oil
  • 1/8 oz. pennyroyal oil
  • 1/8 oz. tea tree oil
  • 1/8 oz. jojoba oil
  • 18 oz. rubbing alcohol

Instructions: Mix all the essential oils together. Do not use undiluted on your skin! Put 18 oz. of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and mix in the essential oils. Spray on your skin before you go outside to repel mosquitoes. You may have to apply the mixture more frequently than store-bought, chemical mosquito repellants.

Warning: “Just because a product is natural does not mean it is completely safe. For example, pennyroyal is toxic when ingested and shouldn’t be used by pregnant women. Also, some people may be allergic to the various active ingredients,” the BackHome article says.

I’ll update with another post after I’ve tried the recipe.

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