With the increasing illnesses brought by vectors such as mosquitoes, it is important to apply mosquito repellents on your skin. However, many mosquito repellents are chemical-based, which you may not want to use or your delicate children to use. In this regard, there are a lot natural mosquito repellents available, which are as effective as the commercial ones.
• Lemon eucalyptus oil
Some mosquito repellents in the market contain lemon eucalyptus oil. As of the moment, this is the most effective natural mosquito repellent as evaluated by consumer reports. This natural repellent provides up to 120 minutes of mosquito protection.
Citronella is one of the most popular mosquito repellent and the oil from citronella plant is actually made to insect repellent sprays, lotions and candles. A study supported its use by presenting that people who are positioned near citronella candles had up to 42% lesser mosquito bites than those who did not.
• Geranium oil
Geranium oil is another effective natural mosquito repellent. It can provide up to 95 minutes of mosquito protection.
• Soybean Oil
Soybean oil is sometimes added to geranium oil to make the repellent action more effective. A commercial repellent in the form of Bite Blocker, in fact, contains both geranium oil and soybean oil; nevertheless, you may use both oils separately as a natural mosquito repellent.
Thyme contains alpha-terpinene and carvacrol, compounds that are more effective than commercial DEET mosquito repellents. Although thyme can be used as a mosquito repellent, it is safer to get sprays containing it than making your own thyme oil because you may be making a concentration more than 25%, which is very irritating.
A study conducted in Korea found that 5% fennel oil spray is more effective than DEET. Fennel may be made into sprays and applied on the skin to protect you from mosquitoes.
• Neem oil
In tropical countries, neem oil has been a popular natural mosquito repellent. Neem oil is taken from the leaves of neem tree. The mosquito repellent property of neem tree is based on its azadirachtins compound. Aside from making it into sprays and lotions, dried neem leaves can be burned outside the house to repel mosquitoes in the afternoon.
• Clove oil
You can dilute clove oil in water and apply ion the skin. It is usually effective for at most 90 minutes.
Garlic may also be used as an insect repellent because the odor of garlic oil naturally repels insects. However, more extensive experiments must still be made in order to come up with a garlic preparation that can be applied on the skin without smelling like garlic. Definitely, you would not want to rub garlic oil in your skin because of the odor. Nevertheless you can crush some garlic and place on the windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.
• Celery extract
Celery extract completes the list of natural mosquito repellents. It can be safely applied on the skin because it is non-irritating and does not produce a burning sensation. Compared to DEET, celery extract was found to be more effective.
There are a lot of commercial mosquito repellents containing DEET, but studies show that the above natural ingredients are even more effective and safer to use.