Essential oils or extracts of some plants are natural and completely harmless repellents as applied to the skin, clothing or flooring and window frames immediately repels mosquitoes, bees, hornets and other insects. It should be emphasized, however, that in most cases no repellent can provide 100% protection because its action depends on many factors such as the concentration of active components, how often it is applied in both the quantity and the different effects on certain types of insects.

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How often you will spray will depend on a lot of factors, but most of what the air temperature is because essential oils evaporate and thus lose repellant properties. In order to keep the repellent mixture long-lasting on the skin, it is possible to add essential oil of fixative action that helps essential oils keep the scent on the skin for longer, such as the patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon patchouli), which often carries the name of the “hippie generation”.

Essential oils of patchouli are often used in cosmetics and perfume industry, especially against ticks and other pests that do not tolerate its odor, and apart from acting, it acts diuretic, phlebotonic (in hemorrhoids and extended veins), and mildly anti-inflammatory, stimulates skin regeneration. It is very good to apply after insect stings and possible skin wounds. Interestingly, in traditional eastern medicine, patchouli oil is used to remove depression, anxiety, as a means of (and in) bite of snakes and insects, but also potent aphrodisiac activity.

Lemon eucalyptus – mosquitoes do not tolerate it at all

Lemon eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora) is one of the most effective essential oils that refuses mosquitoes. It is found in the limestone eucalyptus leaves, and in the last century it has been recognized and registered as a repellent, while today it is part of almost all sprays of repellant action.

Although like most essential oils in high concentrations, it can cause skin irritation (in some products it is up to 30-40 percent), this oil is an indescribably wiser and healthier choice for the care of the whole family who loves to spend summertime outdoors. It confirmed its active compounds that is more effective than most synthetic repellents, although some people consider it a repulsive and over-intensive fragrance.

You can also use the lithuanian eucalyptus oil as a repellent for spraying open surfaces – terrace, window frames, rugs in the nature, trousers, a shirt you wear or a combination that evaporates nicely in the aroma lamp. Replace the cap on the bottle with a syringe, and make a combination of half an essential oil and half distilled water, and before use remember to shake well the mixture!

Lemon eucalyptus with the dominant content of monotherapy alcohols and aldehyde citronellals from the aromatherapy viewing angle is considered to be safe to use and unlike many other aldehydic oils that are relatively non-irritating to the skin.

Java citronella – for all bugs and mosquitoes

The essential oil of the Java citronella was added to the candles, before being insecticides, and today it is used in a more modern form of scented rods and other forms for refreshing the air such as diffusers. This essential oil, due to its composition of monotherapy alcohols, esters and aldehydes is great against flying pests.

Due to its specific and long-lasting aroma, it has been a popular natural repellant for decades which has been shown to be effective against mosquitoes. However, the effect is shorter, and it is often necessary to apply, every 30-60 minutes. A concentration of more than five percent in mosquito repellent in some people may be intense, and this should be taken care of. Be sure to take care of the children, so if you use aromatherapy mixture, reduce the amount of essential oils in half.

A powerful lotion for insect and tick rejection

50 ml of hydrolyte (so-called floral water) of peppermint

10 drops of essential citronella essential oil

10 drops of essential oil of patchouli

10 drops of essential oil of the vetiver

Put in a bottle with a sprayer. Shake well before each use.

Warning for children, women and pregnant women

When once sprayed a piece of clothing, keep an eye on the stains that leave essential oils. This is how you react to the reaction due to the concentration of essential oils. Usually these oils mixtures are not intended for sensitive skin. Never allow the child to just apply a repellent, either natural or synthetic, because it can swallow it or cause irritation of the mucous membrane.

Inadequate application of commercial but also natural repellents can have serious consequences, especially if the child swallows them or if they come in contact with the mucous membranes. In pregnant and nursing women, minimal use of repellents is recommended due to insufficient research and possible harmful effects on the fetus and the child, especially when talking about essential oils.

The protection can also include peppermint hydrolyte that acts anti-inflammatory, cooling and is an excellent choice for summer skin care, after sunbathing, for burns, mosquito bites and insects, itching and allergic skin reactions.

 

Sources and References:

https://www.24sata.hr/lifestyle/recept-za-odbijanje-komaraca-ove-mirise-nikako-ne-podnose-530577

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