Natural Ingredients that Repel Mosquitoes
Pesky mosquito bites can ruin any outdoor event. Itchy, bumpy skin is irritating and can also lead to infections or scarring, in extreme cases. And while there are chemical repellents such as DEET that effectively repel these pests, many health-minded consumers are looking for natural solutions for this common issue. Join us as we at Advanced Biotech take a look at natural ingredients that repel mosquitoes.
Lemon eucalyptus oil is a well-known mosquito repellent, and has been acknowledged by the CDC as an effective, natural repellent. Scientific studies have discovered that a mixture of 32 percent lemon eucalyptus oil provided more than 95% protection against mosquitoes for three hours. To use, simply dilute lemon and eucalyptus essential oils into clean water, fill a sterilized spray bottle with the mixture, and apply as needed. Lemon and eucalyptus have naturally invigorating scents that work to refresh tired skin and relieve fatigue.
Cinnamon is more than just a tasty ingredient in cookies or a topping for oatmeal, it can also be an effective mosquito repellent. Cinnamon oil is extracted from cinnamon bark and is widely used to make natural mosquito repellents. Cinnamon oil contains powerful ingredients such as eugenol, cinnamyl acetate, anethole, and cinnamaldehyde properties which work to fight against the primary species of mosquitos and also works to kill mosquito eggs.
Crushed lavender flowers produce a fragrance and oil that can repel mosquitoes. Lavender has analgesic, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. This means that in addition to preventing mosquito bites, it can calm and soothe skin irritated by mosquito bites. Lavender is also often used in aromatherapy and is well-liked for its sweet, floral and herbaceous smell that promotes relaxation.
The citronella plant is well-known for its natural pest repellent qualities. Essential oil extracted from this plant as a strong citrus scent that is a popular ingredient in both bug sprays and bug-repelling candles. This fragrant grass is easily grown in backyards and its leaves will also naturally prevent mosquitoes from ruining any backyard barbecue or get together.
Holistic, organic solutions to pesky mosquitoes are rising in popularity as consumers grow wary of synthetic components like DEET, which are thought to be harmful to the body. Not only do these natural solutions work to repel irritating mosquitoes, but they smell great and have a variety of other uses and health benefits.