Stores now carry a wide variety of herbal bug repellents including natural repellents but you can also make your own and save some money plus, customize its scent!
Herbs and essential oils that repel mosquitoes include basil, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, lemon balm, citronella, onions and garlic extract.
You can make your own natural mosquito repellent with essential oils:
- 5 drops each of 1 or 2 different essential oils (seen in the list above)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or coconut oil (I prefer coconut oil)
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar, stir well to blend.
Dab a few drops of your natural mosquito repellent on your skin rubbing it in and/or on clothing (be sure it won’t stain your clothing).
To help repel mosquitoes be sure to remove any standing water around your home that may be in flower pots, gutters, pet dishes, bird baths etc. as water is a mosquito breeding ground.