Summertime is an exciting time. Families are busy spending lots of time outdoors. Camping, hiking, canoeing, boating, beach time, pool time, and playing in the park and backyard time give us plenty to do outdoors. The one thing I don’t love about Summer is…being attacked by mosquitoes!
The mosquitoes haven’t been too bad for me this year, but they simply LOVE my five year old daughter. Just two days ago, she got bit by the eye by a mosquito and had 14 bites on her arms and legs. Poor kid. The one by her eye was so bad, that her eye was swollen shut. She reacts adversely to bug bites and has sensitive skin. Many people who get mosquito bites get itchy and more annoyed and irritated than anything. Little One gets full-on puffy, swollen, red, blotchy, bumpy, and looks like she’s a creature out of a sci-fi movie. It shocks me that mosquito bites can do this to her.
Because Little One has such sensitive skin, and because I want to use natural products on her, I attended a workshop on how to use doTERRA essential oils to make natural mosquito repellent. In the workshop, we also made natural after bite and natural after sun cooling gel.
I’ve known for a long time that certain plants have natural mosquito repellent qualities.
DIY Natural Mosquito Repellent
- 1 tsp Epsom salts (to avoid sticking to the inside of container)
- 10 drops Terra Shield
- 5 drops lavender
- 5 drops lemongrass
- 2 drops peppermint
- 1 drop thyme
- fill rest of bottle with water
In a spray bottle (photo above is actual size – not sure how many mL it holds), add Epsom salts. Add essential oils listed in ingredients above. Fill rest of water with water. Close lid and shake. Voila! DIY Natural Mosquito Repellent!
The above DIY Natural Mosquito Repellent was made with doTERRA essential oils. This recipe is not mine, but from the workshop I attended. A big thank you to Ramona for a fun and informative evening! It’s so great to be able to make my own natural mosquito repellent. I feel much better using essential oils on Little One.
If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils (specifically doTERRA essential oils), visit Ramona’s page here.