Natural mosquito repellent

Mosquito repellent
Mosquito repellent

The good weather means swimming pools, beaches, festivals, camping, and MOSQUITOES! Now the skeeters may be happy to see us, but the feeling is definitely not mutual. Conventional mosquito repellants are effective, but they contain products such as DEET, which is toxic, irritates the mucous membranes, and has been scientifically proven to be neurotoxic. So we propose an effective natural alternative that will prevent mosquito bites this summer without endangering the health of you or your family. It’s effective for one or two hours, depending on the individual, the temperature, and the level of activity. Caution: fractionated coconut oil does not stain clothing, but that is not true for all essential oils.

 

Ingredients

 

Some suggestions:

  • Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)++++
  • Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)++++
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)+++
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria)++++
  • True lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)++
  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
  • Clove (Syzygium aromaticum ou Eugenia caryophyllata)++++ Care must be taken when using clove oil because it is strong and must be diluted – should be just 1% of your mixture.
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)++

 

Steps to follow

For a 120 ml bottle

1. Measure 100 ml of fractionated coconut oil (Caprylic/capric triglycerides)

2. Add 9 ml (9%) essential oil

 

For a 60 ml bottle

1. Measure 50 ml of fractionated coconut oil (Caprylic/capric triglycerides)

2. Add 4.5 ml (9%) of essential oil.

Chasse-moustique

Label with your recipe so you can make it again next summer.

 

I was bitten – what should I do?

To reduce the itching and swelling of a mosquito bite, apply directly and undiluted to the skin.


Comments

Natural mosquito repellent — 7 Comments

    • Bonjour UMA,

      L’huile de caprylis a un rôle difficilement interchangeable dans cette recette car elle ne tache par les vêtements, contrairement à plusieurs autres huiles végétales. L’huile de jojoba serait la meilleure remplaçante, mais je ferais un test sur un vieux vêtement pour m’assurer qu’elle ne tache pas. Bon test !

    • Bonjour Véronique,
      Comme le produit ne contient pas d’eau, c’est surtout la rancissement des huiles qui limitera la durée de conservation du produit. Comme l’huile choisie résiste bien à l’oxydation, le produit devrait bien se conserver. Je n’ai pas de réponse exacte, mais il devrait être efficace jusqu’à un an après sa date de fabrication selon des conditions d’entreposage (au frais et au sec). Merci pour votre commentaire !

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