It’s that outside time of year. Which means that we humans must do battle with public enemy number one. That’s right; the mighty mosquito. You’ll want a good mosquito repellent.
Prepping for a work day in Waipi‘o Valley, we were warned about the mosquito population and strongly encouraged to bring mosquito repellent. While I know the commercial bug repellents work, I’m not exactly a fan of rubbing DEET and other chemicals on my skin. So I did what any self-respecting do-it-yourselfer would do: I made my own. It was risky, taking an unproven mosquito repellent right into mosquito central. But guess what? It worked. And it worked beautifully. Even people who frequent the valley and do battle with mosquitoes on a regular basis were raving about it.
I’ve made my own mosquito repellent before with limited success. This time, though, I added neem seed oil, which is known to have pest repellent properties. It made all the difference. Those of us who used it came home with few — if any — bites.
DIY Natural Mosquito Repellent
- 2 tablespoons neem seed oil (like this)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 10-15 drops of citronella essential oil (like this)
If necessary, melt coconut oil. Mix together all ingredients and store in a small jar with an eye dropper top. To use, rub sparingly onto exposed skin.
Note: You should not use neem seed oil if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, as it is an abortifacient.
I’m quite happy with this mixture since it worked so well for me, but not every body is the same. If you want to experiment with other recipes, check these out:
- 20+ Natural Insect Repellent Recipes for a Bug Free Summer [The Prairie Homestead]
- DIY Non-Toxic Bug Spray [An Organic Wife]
- Safe Bug Repellent [Raising Natural Kids]
- Easy Homemade Bug Repellent [Mommypotamus]