I don't know why, but I seem to be one of those people who are always bitten by mistakes, even if no one else is. I can participate with 5 or 6 other people, and I seem to be the only one. I must be delicious. It must be all healthy, real food! In the first few weeks of summer, after recovering well, I decided to do some research and make my own homemade essential oil insect repellent spray.
There are many essential oils and they are famous for their excellent natural insect repellents. Here are just some of them: lemongrass, clove, lemongrass, lemon eucalyptus, cedar, rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus, cedar, catnip, lavender, mint, basil, rose geranium, cinnamon oil, thyme, lemon, orange, pine
Many of these different essential oils are particularly effective against specific pests. Based on the research I have done, here are some of the more widely known pests and essential oils that can be used as their repellents:
Mosquitoes-citronella, lemon eucalyptus, mint, lemon, eucalyptus, catnip, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
Fleas-cedar, lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, lavender, orange, pine,
Ticks-rose geranium, juniper, red sandalwood, thyme, grapefruit, oregano
Some studies also show that other active ingredients include neem oil, soybean oil, vodka, garlic and vanilla extract
Use a clean 4 ounce spray bottle
with 2 ounces of distilled or boiling water. Add 1 ounce of witch hazel or vodka, and then add about 50 to 75 drops of essential oil. Any combination of the above essential oils should work. If you want to add more types of oil, you only need to add less of each oil, if you want the mixture to have a lower strength, you only need to add fewer oil droplets. To be safe, you just want to make sure that the total percentage of essential oils is kept below 15%. I added about 0.5 ounces of jojoba oil because of its moisturizing properties, but it is not necessary. Remember that you don't want to fill the bottle completely, so there is room to shake the mixture every time, which is necessary because the essential oils are insoluble in water and therefore will separate.
For the first batch, I used citronella oil, tea tree and peppermint essential oils because this is what I have. I just ran out of lavender, otherwise I would definitely add a little because I am addicted to the smell of fresh lavender. If I have some, I will also add lemon eucalyptus oil, because several studies have shown that it is the most effective of all natural congeners.
I have used this spray many times and it works very, very well, and it is also very effective for other people who have tried it.
Hope you are as lucky as me with this homemade spray!
2 ounces of distilled or boiling water
1.5 ounces witch hazel or vodka
30 drops citronella essential oil
25 drops peppermint essential oil
15 drops tea tree essential oil
1 teaspoon of jojoba oil (optional, if added, only add 1 ounce of vodka or witch hazel
Use a 4 ounce cleaning spray bottle filled with water, add witch hazel or vodka, and then add about 50 to 75 drops of various essential oils. Shake well. Spray on exposed skin and/or clothing, avoiding eyes and mucous membranes. Reapply every 2 hours or as needed. Store in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight.
For best results, make sure you are using therapeutic grade oil. If you plan to use it for pregnant women, young children, or people receiving holistic treatments, do research because essential oils can interact with certain treatments. Lavender and tea tree oil are the only essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin, and the others should be diluted. This mixture can also be sprayed on your dog’s collar to help him/her stay away from pests, but please don’t use it on cats because many essential oils are toxic to cats.
Sometimes no matter how hard we try to protect ourselves, we still get bitten. So how can you relieve itching or pain?
• Apply lavender or tea tree essential oil directly to the mosquito bite.
• Apply apple cider vinegar to the bite
• Rub the affected area with lemon slices
• Dip the iced chamomile tea bag into the bitten area to relieve inflammation and reduce inflammation.
• Biting an ice cube.
• Make a paste of water and baking soda and apply directly to the area
• It is well known that a slice of onion can relieve the pain immediately after being bitten by an insect.