Now, whenever he heads out the door, I douse (well, lightly spray) him with this homemade non-toxic mosquito repellent. So far, so good. No more bites.
Non-Toxic Mosquito Repellent Recipe
It’s a beautiful thing to live in a home that borders a lush, green open space. But when part of that opens space is a soggy, boggy marsh, you can bet on mosquitos in the summer. Lots of them.
I don’t think Little Man had ever been bit by a mosquito until we moved to Colorado. The reaction to those first bites was pretty severe—big, red, hot, swollen. His last bite was just above his elbow and half of his upper arm swelled up!
Now, whenever he heads out the door, I douse (well, generously spray) him with this homemade non-toxic mosquito repellent. So far, so good. No more bites. The non-toxic mosquito repellant formulation I am sharing is similar to this brand of repellent which I like and recommend to those of you who you are not up to making your own. But if you are the DIY-er type, give this recipe a try.
If you make a double batch in, say, a 4-ounce bottle or larger, and you’d like to pretty up that bottle, here’s a label printable I made for you. I print it out on my color printer (may have to play with size to fit your bottle) and then affix with clear tape—ensuring the tape extends beyond the edge of the label for water/oil proof protection.
I prefer using castor oil for its extra sticky, but not so oily, factor. Dr. Mercola has a nice write up on castor oil.
Please use therapeutic grade oils. You may shop the Flo & Grace store (affiliate link) or try Mountain Rose Hebs, Native American Nutritionals or Young Living. Some folks have a strong preference for where they source their oils and I totally respect that. The point of my essential oils posts are to show you how I use essential oils and not to sell you on a particular brand. In my research these just happen to be the most reputable out there.