Common Essential Oils to Repel Mosquitoes

The idea of covering yourself with mosquito repellent when at an outdoor event makes some people skip the event all together.  We get it;  you aren’t a fan of the smell or worry about products with Deet being applied to young children with sensitive skin.  There are numerous essential oils that have been proven to be safe and effective.

Some essential oils are known for their mosquito-repelling properties. While their effectiveness may vary, some commonly recommended essential oils for mosquito repellent include:

  1. Citronella: Known for its strong citrus scent, citronella oil is often used in candles, sprays, and lotions to repel mosquitoes.
  2. Lemon eucalyptus: This oil has been found to be as effective as DEET in repelling mosquitoes. It’s derived from the lemon eucalyptus tree.
  3. Lavender: Besides its calming scent, lavender oil is believed to have mosquito-repelling properties.
  4. Peppermint: The strong scent of peppermint can deter mosquitoes. It can be used in sprays or as a diluted oil on the skin.
  5. Tea tree: Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties and is believed to help repel mosquitoes.
  6. Clove: Clove oil may help keep mosquitoes at bay. It has a strong and distinct aroma.
  7. Cinnamon: Cinnamon oil, with its sweet and spicy scent, is another option for mosquito repellent.

It’s important to note that essential oils should be used with caution, especially when applying them directly to the skin. Always dilute them with a carrier oil, and do a patch test to check for any skin sensitivity. Additionally, pregnant women and individuals with certain medical conditions should consult with a healthcare professional before using essential oils.