Mix-it-up-Mosquito Spray or Oil

During the summer months I get the questions weekly: what can we use for mosquito repellent and mosquito bites.  Young Living Lavender essential oil and Purification essential oil blend are my favorite bite remedies.  I recycled a small glass roller-ball container putting in 3-5 drops purification or lavender and filling it up with olive, almond, or grapeseed oil. If I do get a bite I just roll-on my remedy.  Purfication is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and so is the lavender plus it soothes the itchy skin.

Lisa & Lane Boys Geocache

Geocaching with the Lane Brothers in the buggy-woods prepared with our DIY mosquito repellent


 
Spray Blend 1
20 drops Purification essential oil Blend
10 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavendula augustifolia)
10 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
½ tsp. Vegetable Glycerin
3 oz. Witch Hazel or Vodka
4 oz. Distilled Water
Use an 8 oz. Spray bottle to mix all the ingredients together. Apply often.
 
Spray Blend 2
15 drops Purification essential oil Blend
15 drops Thieves essential oil Blend
4 oz. Witch Hazel or Vodka
8oz. Distilled Water
Use a 12 oz. Spray bottle to mix all the ingredients together. Apply often.
 
Spray Blend 3
15 drops Citronella essential oil (Cymbobogon nardus)
12 drops lavender essential oil (Lavendula augustifolia)
15 drops lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
15 drops tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternaifolia)
14 oz.  Witch Hazel or Vodka
Use a 16 oz. Spray bottle to mix all the ingredients together. Apply often.
 
Oil Blend 1
1oz.  Castor oil
3 drops Citronella essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
Mix together and apply to ankles, neck, wrists or other exposed skin.

I recycle my used eye drop bottles. I can slip this into a pocket, backpack, or purse so I’m never without my mosquito repellant and ready for outdoor dining or an impromptu walk in the woods.
 
Oil Blend 2
1oz.  Castor oil
5 drops Catnip essential oil
Mix together and apply to ankles, neck, wrists or other exposed skin.

I recycle my used eye drop bottles. I can slip this into a pocket, backpack, or purse so I’m never without my mosquito repellant and ready for outdoor dining or an impromptu walk in the woods.
The mixture I use most often is my Bug-Away-Spray.  The base is a Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Tincture in vodka which studies have shown to be effective for repelling certain species of mosquitoes.  I would also use or add Catnip essential oil to my Bug-Away-Spray or any of the above recipes.  A 2011 study found Catnip (Cateria nepetita) Essential Oil to be an effective repellent of mosquitoes do to the compounds nepatalactone isomers, caryophyllene and others.

Lastly I use vinegar-catnip tea with essential oils about ½ cup added to the wash during the summer months.  I make the vinegar tea by heating a gallon of vinegar in a stainless or glass pot on the stove at low heat; add catnip leaves and stems chopped up.  Let this steep like a tea, covered overnight.  In the morning strain out the plant material and add 5 drops of one of the following oils:  citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, peppermint, rosemary or tea tree.  Put back into vinegar jug to later use.  Vinegar is a fabric softener and now has the added benefit of helping repel insects.  If you need a quicker fix….just add 5 drops of Young Living Purification Blend to the laundry soap (liquid or powder) before adding it to the wash.

I also use 1-2 drops of any insect repelling oils on that “lone-extra-sock” or a wet wash cloth and throw it in the dryer with the clothes.  Washing and drying the clothes with essential oils and vinegar is just one more layer of protection against these tiny, viscous, hungry invaders.

To purchase Young Living Essential Oils go to my Young Living Website www.YoungLiving.org/lisamosbey.

 

RESOURCES:
Repellency of Hydrogentated Catmint Oil. Journal of Medical Entomology 45(6);1080-1086. 2008, Accessed June 22, 2014; Entomological Society of America. http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1603/0022-2585%282008%2945%5B1080:ROHCOF%5D2.0.CO%3B2

Is the Extract from the plant catmint repellent to Mosquitoes in Australia?. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 23(3):351-354. 2007; Accessed June 22, 2014; Entomological Society of America.  http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.2987/8756-971X%282007%2923%5B351:ITEFTP%5D2.0.CO%3B2

Adult repellency and larvicidal activity of five plant essential oils against mosquitoes.  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.  Accessed June 22, 2014; Pubmed.gov; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17067055

Repellent activity of catmint, Nepeta cataria, and iridoid nepetalactone isomers against Afro-tropical mosquitoes, ixodid ticks and red poultry mites. USNational Library of Medicine national Institutes of Health.  Accessed June 22, 2014; Pubmed.gov http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21056438

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