Mosquitoes are not pleasant insects to encounter. However, many of us live in humid areas, or are traveling to mosquito-infested regions, so sooner or later, we have to come into contact with them. However, simply buying generic repellents can wreak havoc on the environment, and your skin, as they tend to be full of unneeded chemicals. How about going for a more natural solution? Here is our list of the most effective natural mosquito repellents out there!
Starting straight away with one of the best natural repellants out there- citronella. Citronella is a plant that is amazing for warding off the little biters, and it has been scientifically proven to 100% keep them off your body. However, citronella has a downside of not lasting so long, so you will have to reapply regularly.
A very strange kind of product to be used as a repellent, but it works nonetheless. Soybean is meant to provide long-lasting protection from mosquitoes and other bugs, and what’s more, it doesn’t have such a strong and pungent aroma as some of the other repellents. Perfect for scenting your home or using it as a perfume.
The citrusy plants are definitely winners for repelling all kinds of insects, mosquitoes among them. Lemon eucalyptus is actually 85% citronella, which is where it gets its repellent properties from. You can expect to be protected for about 3 hours with lemon eucalyptus, so make sure to reapply if needed.
If you love the smell of cinnamon on cookies, you will really enjoy this natural repellent. Cinnamon spice has many great properties, and repelling mosquitoes is one of them. What is more, it can get rid of mosquito eggs too. Just pick a product with a strong cinnamon extract, and you are good to go.
Another baking spice turned repellent. Cloves, much like cinnamon, have healing powers, and they can also be used against mosquitoes. What is interesting is that cloves seem to be particularly effective against the nasty mosquitoes carrying diseases, so stock up on it if you are traveling to some affected regions.
Peppermint seems to have inexhaustible powers, and naturally, you can use it for preventing mosquito bites too. Peppermint is highly effective against many kinds of mosquitoes, and its effects last just over 2 hours. As with the other natural repellents, make sure you reapply sufficiently.
Lemongrass is often used as a home scent because of its fresh aroma, and it can double up as a mosquito repellent in the summer months. Lemongrass does smell amazing, but it is not 100% effective against mosquitoes, which is why it is better to mix it with other repellents with more power. Get creative with your candles and scent up your home!
We bet we don’t have to tell anyone twice to use lavender as a repellent! Lavender simply smells too good to be turned down, but what you might not know is that it also has repellent properties. Dried lavender is helpful in soothing the nervous system too, so make sure to carry it with you for the unfortunate mosquito emergency.
We might be more used to adding basil to our Italian meals, but the herb can also be applied as a natural repellent. It is not as efficient as other plants and only provides about 40% protection against the little insects, but you can definitely experiment with adding basil to your more powerful repellent mixture for a nice scent.
Another extremely versatile plant on the list! Tea tree can be used for so many ailments, that it should be termed magical, and believe it or not, it works as a repellent too. Not only is tea tree good for warding off mosquitoes, but it will also protect you from flies and midges. Just light up an incense stick for protection!
Neem is one of those oils that is severely underrated. Neem has fantastic repelling properties, but its main power comes from the fact that it can soothe and heal mosquito bites. If you have been bitten and simply can’t stop itching, apply the diluted neem oil to the affected areas and watch them stop bothering you.
Eucalyptus smells divine, and we won’t blame you for wanting to use it as a perfume or home scent. However, it is also extremely helpful against mosquitoes, and it can offer protection for up to 2 hours. You can experiment with burning a few eucalyptus candles or incense sticks for the best effect.
Geraniol, unlike the other natural repellents on our list, is not an oil. It’s a type of alcohol that is often used as a fragrance for homes and sometimes added to perfumes. It is also effective as a repellent and stays protective for around 2 hours. If you have sensitive skin, avoid geraniol, as it can be quite irritating.
Catnip has many medicinal uses and is a fascinating plant overall. Among other things, it also repels mosquitoes and lasts on the skin for about 2 hours. However, it is not as effective for a wide variety of mosquito species, so try to mix it with other more powerful and wide-spectrum extracts.
Thyme is one of our favorite natural smells, and it is an herb we use often. If diluted properly, the oil of thyme can also serve as a natural repellent, albeit for short durations. Mix it well with other oils to achieve your desired smell, and make sure to reapply regularly for a lasting effect.
Being more environmentally conscious when buying products is easier than it may seem. Mother nature has already provided us with many options for fighting some of its pests, so we just have to look closer and do the research. Opting for natural repellents is just a small, but extremely important, step towards becoming more chemical-free. So go ahead, and give them a try!