Mosquito repellents can help keep you from getting bitten, but they often contain chemicals that are bad for your health.
Most of us have tried some kind of commercial insect repellent at one time or another. Some of them work better than others, but most of them contain chemicals that can be harmful to human health and the environment.
Luckily, there are plenty of natural mosquito repellents that can keep you safe from mosquitoes without all the nasty side effects. Here are some of the best:
- Lemongrass oil. Lemongrass oil is an essential oil that can be used in homemade bug spray. According to research from the University of Kentucky, lemongrass oil is one of the most effective plant-based mosquito repellents. It’s most effective when it’s applied directly to skin before going outside or being near an area where mosquitos may be present. To use, add 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil (or whatever you prefer). Apply this mixture on your skin as needed before going outside or being near an area where mosquitos may be present.
- Citronella is one of the more popular natural mosquito repellents in the U.S., and it’s used in many commercial products. The oil comes from a plant native to Asia, but it grows well in tropical climates such as Hawaii or Florida. Its strong aroma masks our own body odors, which attracts mosquitoes in search of food sources like humans and animals. Citronella is available in candles, candles with added oils (like lemongrass and eucalyptus), incense sticks and liquid form as well as lotions and other topical treatments that can be applied directly to skin before heading outdoors.
- Lavender has been used for centuries as an aromatic herb for its therapeutic properties. It has been shown to have calming effects on both humans and animals alike, making it an ideal choice for those who suffer from anxiety or insomnia.