Dengue has been increasing in Jamaica, people are being hospitalized because of it and how severe it is. To help with reducing your risk I’m sharing with you this diy mosquito repellent you can make at home.
Creating a DIY mosquito repellent at home can be an effective and natural way to keep those pesky insects at bay. Here’s a simple recipe for a homemade mosquito repellent using essential oils:
10-25 drops of essential oils (e.g., citronella, lemon eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, pine needle or lemongrass)
2 tablespoons of glycerin
1-2 tablespoons of water or distilled water or witch hazel
An empty spray bottle
Choose Essential Oils:
Select essential oils known for their mosquito-repelling properties. Some popular options include citronella, lemon eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, pine needle and lemongrass. You can use a single oil or create a blend by combining a few of these oils.
Create the Repellent Blend:
In a small bowl, mix 10-25 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) with 2 tablespoons of glycerin. The glycerin helps dilute the essential oils and ensures they are safe to apply to your skin.
Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of witch hazel/water/distilled water to the glycerin mixture. This helps disperse the solution and makes it easier to apply.
Transfer to a Spray Bottle:
Carefully pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle. Make sure to use a dark-colored bottle to protect the essential oils from light exposure.
Before each use, shake the bottle well to ensure the oil and water are thoroughly mixed.
Apply the Repellent:
Spray the DIY mosquito repellent onto exposed skin, avoiding your eyes and mouth. You can also apply it to your clothing. Reapply as needed, typically every few hours.
Perform a patch test on a small area of skin to check for any allergic reactions before applying the repellent more broadly.
Store the repellent in a cool, dark place when not in use.
If you’re using this repellent on children, consider using milder oils and testing a small amount on their skin first.
This DIY mosquito repellant is a natural and cost-effective alternative to commercial products. However, its effectiveness may vary depending on the essential oils used and individual preferences. Adjust the essential oil concentrations and types to find the scent and potency that works best for you.