Why should I consider this?
Citronella: Unlike other varieties of pesticides, citronella not does kill mosquitos. Rather, it repels them and other pests, reducing the number of mosquitos that land nearby. Citronella works by masking scents that are attractive to insects, namely carbon dioxide and lactic acid in humans.
Geranium: Geraniums repel insects due to the oils that the plant secrets. One of these natural oils is citronella, which is widely used in bug repellants and candles to drive away insects. The plant belongs to the genus Pelargonium and is commonly known to discourage mosquitoes, Japanese beetles, cabbage worms, rose chafers and leafhoppers.
Patchouli: Patchouli has been recognized for quite some time as being an effective natural insecticide. Its distinct aroma works to drive away pests such as mosquitoes, moths, and ants as well as other undesirables such as lice, bed bugs, and fleas.
Peppermint: The minty clean aroma of peppermint is so much better than that icky chemical smell, and it also serves as a natural insecticide that kills and repels mosquitoes, ants, fleas, beetles, spiders, flies, and even mice.
DIY HOMEMADE BUG REPELLENT: RUB ON
This is a crazy simple recipe. You only need two ingredients: a carrier oil and a mix of essential oils.
- Sweet Almond Carrier Oil or Jojoba Carrier Oil
- 10-20 drops of your preferred bug-repelling essential oil
- small bottle or old jar
In a small bottle or re-use, an old jar adds 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Add in 10-20 drops of your preferred bug-repelling essential oil.
To apply, simply shake the bottle well and rub a small amount of oil on exposed skin. The bugs will stay away and your skin will be nourished!