Natural Mosquito Repellents:
 

If you’re doing things like taking a hike, hanging out in your backyard, or taking a camping trip, natural repellents might be a better option. This can be especially true for children, who are more sensitive.

Read on to see which natural repellents work best.

1. LEMON EUCALYPTUS OIL

Create your own mixture with 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil to 10 parts sunflower oil or witch hazel.   (do not use for children under 3 years of age)

2. LAVENDER

You can grow your own lavender in planters.  Crush the flowers and apply the oil to bite sensitive areas.    Take some of the plant and boil it in some water.  Let it cool and poor in to a spray bottle and use as needed.  Get lavender oil and use a cloth to rub it on to the skin.

3. CINNAMON OIL

To make, mix 1/4 teaspoon (or 24 drops) or oil for every 4 ounces of water.  Mix this in a spray bottle and spray on clothing or upholstery.  

4. THYME OIL

When it comes to repelling malaria mosquitoes, thyme oil is one of the best.  For a homemade version combine 4 drops of thyme oil to every teaspoon of base oil such as olive or jojoba oil.   For a spray, mix 5 drops of thyme oil with 2 ounces of water.  

5. CITRONELLA

We all are familiar with using the candles at home and oil in our torches.  you can now buy the plant and boil the leaves in water, let cool, put in a spray bottle and use is all around you. 

 

Treating mosquito bites

Even with mosquito repellent, you may get itchy, painful mosquito bites. To treat mosquito bites at home, you can try rubbing apple cider vinegar at the site of the bite. Putting a slice of raw onion or freshly cut garlic on the bite can also provide relief and guard against infection. Calamine lotion or over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can help as well.

If you do develop an infection or allergic reaction due to a significant amount of mosquito bites, take note of your symptoms and contact your doctor. An elevated temperature, pus or bleeding where the bite is, or scabs that won’t go away could be a sign of a problem.