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.
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 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.