The good weather means swimming pools, beaches, festivals, camping, and MOSQUITOES! Now the skeeters may be happy to see us, but the feeling is definitely not mutual. Conventional mosquito repellants are effective, but they contain products such as DEET, which is toxic, irritates the mucous membranes, and has been scientifically proven to be neurotoxic. So we propose an effective natural alternative that will prevent mosquito bites this summer without endangering the health of you or your family. It’s effective for one or two hours, depending on the individual, the temperature, and the level of activity. Caution: fractionated coconut oil does not stain clothing, but that is not true for all essential oils.
- Caprylis oil
- Mister (120ml blue PETE bottle with mister or 60ml blue glass bottle 60ml with mister)
- Essential oil known for its ability to repel insects.
- Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)++++
- Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)++++
- Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)+++
- Catnip (Nepeta cataria)++++
- True lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)++
- Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
- Clove (Syzygium aromaticum ou Eugenia caryophyllata)++++ Care must be taken when using clove oil because it is strong and must be diluted – should be just 1% of your mixture.
- Basil (Ocimum basilicum)++
Steps to follow
For a 120 ml bottle
1. Measure 100 ml of fractionated coconut oil (Caprylic/capric triglycerides)
2. Add 9 ml (9%) essential oil
For a 60 ml bottle
1. Measure 50 ml of fractionated coconut oil (Caprylic/capric triglycerides)
2. Add 4.5 ml (9%) of essential oil.
Label with your recipe so you can make it again next summer.
I was bitten – what should I do?
To reduce the itching and swelling of a mosquito bite, apply directly and undiluted to the skin.