Natural Mosquito Repellent: How to Make Your Own

DIY Natural Mosquito Repellent

The other day while I was trying to find out why I'm such a mosquito magnet, I discovered in a WebMD article information about Eucalyptus oil as an effective natural mosquito repellent.

Oil of eucalyptus products, however, may offer longer-lasting protection, preliminary studies show.

So I decided to give it a try. I found a few recipes for natural mosquito repellent online, many of them contained tea tree (which I am allergic to), clove oil, peppermint oil, lavender, lemongrass, etc. but according to the WebMD article:

He and fellow researchers found other oils -- citronella, cedar, peppermint, lemongrass, and geranium -- provide short-lived protection at best.

So, I decided to use only Eucalyptus oil.

Natural Mosquito Repellent

I found some articles online that outlined the basic steps to create a spray repellent. For a 4oz spray I used:

  • 2 oz witch hazel
  • 2 oz of water that's been boiled for 10 minutes to kill bacteria (I didn't have any distilled)
  • Eucalyptus essential oil

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Ingredients for Natural Mosquito RepellentEucalyptus Essential OilWitch HazelBoil water to remove bacteriaAdd essential oil
Ingredients for Natural Mosquito Repellent
Ingredients for Natural Mosquito Repellent
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel
Boil water to remove bacteria
Boil water to remove bacteria
Add essential oil
Add essential oil

Natural Mosquito Repellent that Works

I started with 30 drops of Eucalyptus oil and headed out into the shady woods behind our house, where there is a swampy area and LOTS of mosquitoes.

Well, it worked better than having no repellent on, but the small areas where I missed spraying myself still had mosquitoes attempting to bite me. So, better than nothing, but not as good as DEET.

So, heading back to my "lab", I added about 25 more drops of essential oil of eucalyptus to the spray and tried again.

This time it was noticeably more effective. In fact there were several mosquitoes hanging around that wouldn't land on me and even one that did land on me, but then flew away before biting me.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

This is very useful my friend. I have several plants at home that I specifically grow to rep[el mosquitoes. I make oil infusions so it would be easier for us to get rid of those mosquito bites. Thumbs up my friend.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

A natural mosquito repellent is a great option and is good for health. Thanks for sharing.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very clever for you to try this experiment. Thanks for reporting the results so well.


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awezome-writer 2 years ago from Cebu City

I badly need this, thank you for sharing this. :)

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