How to make an all natural Mosquito repellant

How to make an all natural organic mosquito repellant:

With the warm weather finally here, we’re all getting ready for summer outdoor activities, Gardening, BBQ’s, family gatherings by the pool, the dreaded Mosquitoes will be lurking about, getting ready to make your blood their next meal. We can prevent these disease carrying, (West Nile, Encephalitis, etc.) parasites from biting you by using a safe natural repellant.

With our overexposure of chemicals and environmental pollutants in our day to day lives, some of us try to do things a bit more natural without the addition of having to use or inhale harsh, caustic  chemicals on a daily basis. So here is a simple to make, effective recipe for repelling mosquitoes, (and if you read down, Ticks). This easy to prepare recipe is even safe for children.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

(Although I’m a strong advocate for internal use of ACV, White Distilled Vinegar will suffice for external topical applications).

1/2 cup of Witch Hazel

4-5 drops of Essential oil of Eucalyptus

Pour the liquid ingredients into a new/ clean spray bottle using a funnel.

Shake the bottle to completely mix the liquids.
It’s ready to use

This mixture isn’t water-proof or sweat-proof, so you’ll need to reapply as necessary.

Some alternative Essential oils that are effective repellants also are: Lavender, Sage, Germanium, Calendula (pyrethrin), Orange, Pennyroyal.



(fields of Lavender)

This also won’t keep ticks at bay, so you might have to use the stronger sprays with DEET  if you’re planning on venturing into “Tick Country”.

Speaking of DEET, making an oil infusion of Bracken fern leaves and stems, (Brake Fern) is an acceptable / all natural DEET substitute, which works on mosquitoes and ticks. In fact, while in the woods or along a trail in spring or summer, I will often find a patch of Bracken Fern growing along the side of the road. A couple quick snips with a knife or scissors and rub the Bracken Fern between your hands to bruise the leaves. Then rub the bruised leaves against your exposed skin or clothing. The oil will impart a DEET like substance. Mosquitos will circle but not lite on you.

Bracken Fern

Bracken Fern or Brake as it is sometimes called, is easily identifiable by three stems off a common stalk. The large highly divided leaves are opposite on each stem. the plant grows to a height of about 2 feet.

Tip: By using an oil infusion of one or more of the herbs, the mixture when mixed blended and shaken well with Witch Hazel, ACV  and other herbs would have better adherence to the skin and clothes.
The TinMan

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7 responses to “How to make an all natural Mosquito repellant

  1. Great info on mosquito control Tinman…I believe I’ll be whipping up a batch this week coming! Found a tick on one of my dogs yesterday and one crawling on me…ewwww. I think we have bracken Ferns here in Mass..looks familiar.

    • Tin Man

      Try the simple version first for mosquitoes. Yes, Backen Fern grows right near you, probably right in back of your house. Remember three stems in a triad off one common stalk……. :-)

  2. I didn’t know that about Braken ferns! How great is that—-thanks Rod!

  3. Reblogged this on One Collective Peace and commented:
    I had to reblog this…We are dealing with soooo many ‘squiters…We are trying the natural way…hope this helps many people! Oh and thanks so much for posting this Belfire Botanicals. Much appreciated information.

  4. Just found a tick on my puppy. I’ll try this, thanks

  5. Christopher de Vidal

    The Braken picture looks like it has more than three stems off a common stalk?

    • Tin Man

      I suppose the picture looks a bit like that, But it appears the photo I chose has another fern directly behind it. True bracken fern has common stalk with 3 stems branching from it. Sorry for the confusion.
      Tin

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