Fend off Mosquitoes with Oils and Herbs

Posted on September 11, 2013

There are many joys to living in Michigan; mosquitoes are not one of them. Every summer and early fall they seek out innocent, outdoor-loving victims like miniature vampires. Heaven forbid one gets into your bedroom, or worse your tent! It will inevitably wait until you are just drifting away into a restful sleep to dive-bomb your head with a shrill piercing buzz that sends you into a panic of waving arms and sheets, only to be repeated over and over as your attempts to find the little pest are unsuccessful.

As humans do, we tend to overreact when we are threatened and angry. In the case of mosquitoes, we have created a substance that repels the mosquito very effectively but unfortunately is also extremely toxic to our own bodies. It’s called DEET. So as we ward off itchy bites, we run the risk of slowly poisoning ourselves and our family. At low doses, DEET can cause skin irritation, burning, and rashes. Prolonged exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, mood changes and even neurological damage. No thank you!

Luckily Mother Nature provides, as she always does. Now granted, you may have to be a little more diligent with natural solutions than with DEET, but it’s a small price to pay for one less toxin in your life. Below are two ways to naturally and effectively repel the little predators while keeping yourself and your family DEET free .

– Veronica

Repel Mosquitoes Naturally

  1. Create an outdoor environment that mosquitoes detest by planting these herbs around your outdoor patio or yard.
    • Lemon Grass
    • Lemon Balm
    • Rosemary
    • Basil
    • Lavender
    • Mint
  2. Make your own repellant by mixing 1 part essential oil (choose from the list below) and 15 parts organic soybean oil. These essential oils smell great to us but terrible to them, and soybean oil has also been shown to be extremely effective in warding off mosquitoes.
    • Peppermint oil
    • Cinnamon oil
    • Lemongrass oil
    • Citronella oil
    • Lavender oil