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How to Repel Mosquitoes and Treat Bites Naturally

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Repel Mosquitoes and Stop their Bites from Itching!

I recently found a way to repel mosquitoes and treat their bites naturally! Needless to say, this is a game-changer when it comes to spending time outside. It’s really hard to enjoy a picnic or get some weeding done in the garden when these pests are buzzing and biting.

I hate getting mosquito bites but there is plenty of work to do outdoors in the summer for busy homesteaders. However, I don’t like using toxic chemicals on my skin and the repellents with DEET are really nasty. I’m not sure which is worse, the repellant or the bugs!

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No more bloodsuckers!

Cooling Eucalyptus Mint Body Spray to the Rescue!

Earlier this summer I mixed up a small spray bottle of Cooling Eucalyptus Mint Body Spray as a refreshing way to deal with the heat. Little did I know that it would also repel mosquitoes just as well as the toxic repellants!

Sure, I still get a few of these nasty critters buzzing around me as I work in the garden and I need to reapply it if I get sweaty. But I am so much happier outside after spritzing my skin with this cooling spray that repels mosquitoes!

Here’s the recipe so you don’t have to go looking in my other post! Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Cooling Eucalyptus-Mint Body Spray

This cooling body spray is non-toxic and easy to make…and it really cools you down in the heat!


  • 1/4 cup witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil


  • Mix all ingredients together in a small spray bottle.
  • Shake well before using. Do not spray in eyes or on sensitive areas of the body.


Tips for using essential oils:
Test a small amount of any bath or body product made with essential oils on a small area of skin for sensitivities or allergic reactions.
Do not use this product near eyes, on broken or irritated skin, or on sensitive areas of the body.
Do not use essential oils by themselves, they should always be diluted before use.
Do not use essential oils undiluted before going out into the sun as they may your burn skin.
Research the use of each essential oil thoroughly before using on children.
Do not use essential oils on pets until you have thoroughly researched the safety of each oil. Some essential oils are toxic to pets and may be consumed when the pet grooms its fur.
Repel mosquitoes with peppermint oil!

Peppermint Oil Stops the Bites from Itching

In addition to repelling my arch-nemesis, this spray also stops the itching when I do get a bite! My husband swears by it too. He is usually bothered by mosquitoes even more than I am, and when he gets a bite he scratches it until it bleeds.

Not anymore. Now he reaches for the bottle of cooling eucalyptus mint body spray and gives the bite a spray…no more itching!

Treat your mosquito bites naturally with peppermint oil!

The active ingredient in stopping the itch is peppermint oil. So you don’t need the eucalyptus oil to treat the bite. You can just dilute the peppermint oil with some witch hazel, almond oil, or rubbing alcohol and rub this preparation on the bite to quell any itching. Treat again if you notice any itchiness later on, although we haven’t needed a second application.

To repel mosquitoes, you may try using just peppermint oil in your homemade spray and see if it works for you. I like the scent of the eucalyptus and mint together so I haven’t attempted making repellant with just the mint. I included lavender oil in my recent batch but I’m not really sure if it works any better.


Essential Oils that Repel Mosquitoes & Other Insects

Essential oils with insect-repelling qualities that you might like to try include:

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Peppermint Essential Oil Geranium Essential Oil Citronella Essential Oil Lemongrass Essential Oil Lemon Essential Oil Basil Essential Oil Clove Essential Oil

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Summer is More Fun without Mosquito Bites!

I really can’t stay inside all summer. There are too many chores that need to be done around my homestead. So I’m really glad that I found an all-natural, non-toxic way to repel mosquitoes. The eucalyptus mint body spray/mosquito repellant really makes working and playing outside a lot more fun and comfortable.

Is the summer heat getting you down? Check out my 12 Tips for Surviving Summer!

This year is turning out to be a great year for mosquitoes…and not so great for their hosts! So do yourself a favor and try mixing up some of this spray to keep the buzzing bugs away so you can go out and play too!

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7 Comments on “How to Repel Mosquitoes and Treat Bites Naturally

    1. Hi Beth,
      I hope you like the homemade mosquito repellant. I take this stuff with me everywhere! Enjoy your summer. 🙂

  1. I live right next to a river with a very shady yard and mosquitoes and gnats are epidemic. Not sure it will work, but I’d like to try it. I have the eucalyptus oil already, but not the other one.

    1. Hi Amy,
      I was skeptical at first. In fact, I keep trying waiting for it to stop working, lol! Hubby has the worst problem with mosquitoes, they really love him. But he keeps telling me that once he sprays this on the bugs leave him alone. Be sure to reapply if you get sweaty because that washes it off. 🙂

      Let me know how it works for you!

  2. Let me know how it works for you, Laurie! My husband and I have both noticed it is much easier to be outside when it’s buggy. But I would love feedback from other homesteaders. 🙂

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. I have all of these ingredients!
    Who knew something so simple could work so well! We have a lot of mosquitoes around our property, so this is one to try!

    Thanks for sharing! Simple and effective is what I like.

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