Natural home remedies are within everyone's reach. Unfortunately, there's a lot of misinformation on the internet that can lead you astray.
So, how can you separate out the remedies that really work from the ineffective duds? Well, look no further than science - researchers are going gaga over one particular essential oil blend. This pleasant smelling mixture is actually your key to having a mosquito-free paradise this summer!
People tend to forget that mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance - they also carry deadly diseases like malaria, and more recently, the Zika virus. Protecting yourself against mosquito bites is also protecting your health!
Studies have shown that a blend of lemon and eucalyptus essential oils are a powerful deterrent against these flying pests. It contains a plant compound that is actually more effective than DEET, a common and highly toxic insect repellent.
Get this - researchers found that DEET provided 84 percent protection in a 4-hour period. But, the lemon-eucalyptus oil blend came out on top by providing 97 percent protection in the same time period!
By now you're probably wondering if you can just dump the oils into a spray bottle with water and start spraying away. Well, not quite - there are a couple of extra ingredients that you'll need! Don't worry - making your own mosquito repellent is super easy!
Here's what you'll need:
- 30 drops of lemon-eucalyptus essential oil blend
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 ounces witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or vodka
Mix the witch hazel, essential oil and vanilla extract into a small spray bottle.
You're all set! This formulation will only last for about four hours, so don't forget to re-apply it as needed.
Watch this video to find out how to make the ultimate mosquito repellent.
Pretty much everyone can agree that mosquitoes are a nuisance. Thankfully, lemon and eucalyptus essential oils can make you invisible to these little buggers. That's just one more reason to keep your medicine cabinet well stocked with a wide variety of oils!