One of the most commonly recommended essential oils that repel insects, especially as a mosquito repellent, is citronella. You can even buy citronella candles to burn on your patio or in your backyard.
Another option to keep a space clear of mosquitoes is to diffuse citronella with an aromatherapy diffuser. If you don't like or don't have citronella, you can also use eucalyptus radiata, lemon, lemongrass, or peppermint essential oil.
This article contains essential oil recipes to keep insects off of you and for healing insect bites. Click here for getting rid of pests such as ants and roaches.
For a mosquito repellent to apply to your skin, mix 25 drops of citronella in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or lotion.
Or use the following insect repellent oil to deter mosquitoes and other tiny critters:
Blend ingredients. Apply liberally to your skin, keeping it out of your eyes.
Insect Repellent Spray
Source: The Very Essence
Insect Repellent Mist
Note: Do not use this mist on your face.
Insect Repellent For Face
Blend ingredients and apply to your face as needed.
Source: 500 Formulas For Aromatherapy
Another Insect Repellent Spray
Some insect repellent don't smell too good, but this one smells amazing. Combine these ingredients in a 4-ounce spray bottle:
Blend all ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake well. Use as needed.
Palmarosa helps protect the skin. According to The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia, palmarosa hydrates skin, has antiseptic properties, balances all skin types, regulates oil production, and may help cells regenerate.
To help insect bites heal:
Blend the gel and essential oil. Apply to and around insect bite every few hours.
For insect bites, stings, inflammation, and other skin irritations:
Blend ingredients. Apply to affected area several times a day.
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