Summer is in full swing here in South Florida and with the steamy temperatures comes some literally smaller annoyances, mosquitoes. All the outdoor activities you enjoy doing now come with little itchy bites and if you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, spraying yourself with DEET isn’t exactly a non-toxic option. So what are some natural, safer options?
Here are some EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) registered natural options:
1. Eucalyptus essential oil- this is a powerful oil to repel mosquitoes and especially the variant of this plant called lemon eucalyptus. Lemon eucalyptus is EPA registered and studied as an effective mosquito repellent that performs like small concentrates of DEET.
2. Citronella- not only does this essential oil keep you bite free but it also has skin clearing benefits. It is said to be good for oily skin, keeping acne at bay due to it anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Catnip Oil- this herb is part of the mint family. Besides being an effective mosquito repellent this essential oil is also been traditionally used to induce relaxation and relieve muscle cramps when applied topically. This oil is not recommended for pregnant women.
Top tip: Always blend your essential oils in a carrier oil such as almond, jojoba or coconut oil to avoid irritation. Or you can dilute it with an alcohol such as witch hazel to make a spray version.
Simple Repellant Spray Recipe (8 oz):
-8 oz bottle with spray nozzle
-40-50 drops of your chosen essential oil
-2-3 oz of alcohol (witch hazel, rubbing alcohol or vodka)
-Fill the rest with distilled water, shake and use!