Are you tired of being bitten by mosquitos as you relax in your backyard or enjoying a picnic at the park? Do you want your kids to play freely without getting red itchy bumps on their skin? If yes, then this DIY lemongrass mosquito repellent is something you should have at hand at all times!
While we cannot deny the importance of spending some time in the great outdoors, especially in the warm summer months, the possibility of getting bitten by mosquitos or other insects is always a possibility. And, no matter how often you apply store-bought mosquito repellents on your skin, you can’t be sure that they’re not doing more harm than good. Plus, most repellents are laden with toxic chemicals that can harm not only the skin of adults, but the delicate skin kids as well. This works as a repellent for not only mosquitos, but may repel other biting insects as well!
So, why put your kids and yourself through the pain of being bitten and being doused in skin chemicals? Why not make a lemongrass mosquito repellent that actually works and smells way better?
That’s why I came up with the DIY lemongrass mosquito repellent using nothing but a mix of all-natural ingredients and essential oils.
The Importance of Essential Oils
Essential oils are known for their healing properties and have been used for thousands of years for everything from medicinal purposes, around the home, and even beauty products. They are plant extracts that smell great and are all-natural, so you can be sure that using them won’t cause you any harm.
For instance, orange and lavender oils are known to have stress reduction properties and improve sleep quality, while tea tree oil is good for treating things like acne and fungal infections. Similarly, many other essential oils help boost our body’s natural immune system.
I could go on and on about how good essential oils are for us, but let’s leave that for some other time and get back to my DIY lemongrass mosquito repellent!
Ingredients for the Lemongrass Mosquito Repellent
I believe and try to live by the rule of using a “nature first philosphy.” Whether you’re using lotion, powder, shampoo, or eating a delicious meal, exposure to toxins is a notable consideration. Artificial ingredients can be harmful in the long run.
After experimenting with essential oils and learning about all the great benefits they have, I decided to use these selected ingredients to make this DIY mosquito repellent.
It’s really easy to make, and you can make it yourself at home.
The very first ingredient that I used to make the lemongrass mosquito repellent is cedarwood oil. It is extracted from the leaves, barks, berries, and needles of the cedar and juniper trees and comprises of cedrine, cedrol, and thujopsene.
Cedarwood oil has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, and antifungal properties, which make it an essential ingredient for the DIY mosquito repellent. As a result, it reduces the itching and soothes the skin from previously existing mosquito bites.
Lemongrass oil comes from the lemongrass plant and has a sweet lemony scent. It has anti-inflammatory and insect-repelling properties, plus it smells really nice and fresh.
Lemongrass is one of my favorite things. I even have some plants in my backyard. So, I added 1 teaspoon of this beneficial oil to my DIY mosquito repellent.
Geranium oil is extracted from the Pelargonium Graveolens, also known as the citronella plant. It is known to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties, along with being an effective mosquito repellent.
While it is really effective to soothe and heal insect and mosquito bites, it also has a sweet minty-rose scent that gives the DIY mosquito repellent a lovely smell.
I have used castor oil as a carrier oil for the lemongrass mosquito repellent, owing to the many benefits it offers for the skin. For starters, it’s a great moisturizer and can help to keep your face, hair and lips hydrated. Secondly, it has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritated skin. And most importantly, it is rich in healthy fatty acids that promote overall skin health.
But, if you think castor oil won’t suit your skin because of its thick consistency, you can use almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, or any other topical oil that you prefer in its place.
So, these were the main ingredients of the DIY lemongrass mosquito repellent. But, how much of each oil do we need for the repellent? And how to make it? Let’s get into it.
How to Make the DIY Lemongrass Mosquito Repellent
To make the DIY lemon mosquito repellent, you need a 2 oz light-resistant dark or amber bottle with a spray attachment. For the ingredients you need:
Combine all these ingredients and place them in the glass spray bottle mentioned above.
And there you have it! A sweet-smelling DIY lemongrass mosquito repellent that actually works and is perfect for both kids and adults! Not only does it keep various insects and mosquitos away, but it also helps soothe any mosquito bites that you may already have.
This mosquito repellent is not only limited to mosquitos; it can repel other insects and soothe bites and skin bumps caused by other creepy crawlies as well.
Also, it contains all-natural ingredients and zero chemicals. So as long as you have skin, this DIY lemongrass mosquito repellent is a win!
We all want to spend some time getting fresh air, while our kids play in the backyard or park. But the only way we can relax is knowing that our kids are safe. Many kids have delicate skin and are prone to mosquito bites. But not anymore!
This DIY lemongrass mosquito repellant is going to make time outdoors fun even more fun Just spray it on exposed skin and go be wild, wonderful, and bite-free!