Natural Remedies: An Herbal Mosquito Repellent

Barbara Pleasant shares an herbal mosquito repellent, this herbal recipe is a natural remedy without dangerous chemicals to help ward off mosquitoes.

| August/September 2003

  • Rose geranium is part of a natural mosquito repellent you can grow in your garden.
    Rose geranium is part of a natural mosquito repellent you can grow in your garden.
    MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF

  • Rose geranium is part of a natural mosquito repellent you can grow in your garden.

Learn how to make this natural herbal mosquito repellent that repels mosquitoes when they attack.

Natural Remedies: An Herbal Mosquito Repellent

Herbal Mosquito Repellent Recipe

2 1/2, teaspoons total of any combination of the following essential oils (available at health food stores): basil, cedarwood, citronella, juniper, lemon, myrrh, palmarosa, pine, rose geranium and/or rosemary.

1 cup 190-proof grain alcohol (available in liquor stores).

Place ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously. Transfer to small bottles for storage. To use, rub a small amount on any exposed skin (test first to be sure your skin will not be adversely affected by the repellent) or dab it on clothing.



Experiment a little to find which essential oils work best with your body chemistry. If you're lucky, you also will like the way they smell; otherwise, add a few drops of peppermint oil to fine-tune the fragrance.


Barbara Pleasant, a regular contributor to MOTHER EARTH NEWS, is the author of  The Gardener's Bug Book. Her most recent book, Garden Stone, received the Garden Globe award from the Garden Writers of America.

Mrs. V
7/11/2011 3:22:29 PM

Check out Buzz-Off at God's Country Botanicals. It contains 11 insect-repelling essential oils in an insect-repelling base of soybean oil. Better-than-DEET ingredients include catnip oil, lemon eucalyptus and geranium, as well as the old stand-bys citronella and lemongrass oil. Find it at www.GodsCountryBotanicals.com


Kathleen McKernan
6/25/2011 3:52:30 PM

We live in the coastal area of New Jersey and the mosquito is our state bird. Lemon balm planted near where you enter/leave your home works wonders. Just grab a handful of leaves and rub them all over. Smells great and keeps the critters (including no-see-ums) away. We think it works on ticks too but can't promise.


alpcats
6/17/2011 12:54:33 AM

check out trap at green power science on you tube. also cheap spray to kill captured mosquitoes and feed them to good bugs in your garden.




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