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 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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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!
Peppermint Oil also 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!
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 oils you might like to try include geranium, citronella, lemongrass, basil, lemon, clove, and thyme. All of these oils are reputed to repel mosquitoes but I haven’t tried them yet. I plan to place an order for additional oils to see if the repelling properties are stronger with them.
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.
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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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The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.