Namaste crunchy readers,

These past few months have been filled with lots of active outdoor activities along with some leisurely relaxation on the patio and I have to say…. that these pesky mosquitoes are just wayyyyy overstaying their welcome… (who welcomed them in the first place??) However, the practicing buddhist (in training) that I am, I would much rather repel these guys than just swat them dead. But what to do when most— all of your big named bug repellent brands contain DEET, which can have some minor to serious effects on your health and in very few cases, death. Not to mention that DEET has been shown to have a negative impact on specific ecosystems and our environment. And that my friends is why I make my own repellant! This simple repellant isn’t like most of the sprays you’ve used before, I personally enjoy it much more because it acts as a moisturizer as well! Replacing water/witch hazel mix with coconut oil will keep the EO effects longer. As with all other natural bug repellants, you will need to reapply more often than those with DEET. The citronella is a natural repellant against mosquitoes & chiggers, while tea tree works against chiggers and ticks! Lemongrass and lavender are also great at repelling pesky mosquitoes and other insects as well as sweet great! Another oil that many may not be familiar with is neem oil. This oil has many added benefits with being an insect repellant as one of them. In fact a study conducted in 1995 at the Malaria Research Centre in Ranipur, Hardwar, India tested a mixture of 2% neem oil with coconut and were provided with significant protection from various mosquito species. For those of us who live in North America we are most concerned about the Culex (associated with the West Nile virus), which showed 61-94% effective, the anophelines (associated with malaria) offered 96-100% protection and the Aedes (associated with dengue fever) showed 85%. Another added benefit would be that for centuries, neem oil has been used in Ayurvedic practice for skin care and skin disorders…so this works great for the moisturizer part of the repellant as well… score!!

Natural DIY Mosquito Repellant Recipe


 

INGREDIENTS


 

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon neem Oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 18 drops Citronella EO
  • 12 drops Tea Tree EO
  • 10 drops lemongrass EO
  • 10 drops Lavender EO (Be sure it’s Lavandula angustifolia– for the insecticidal qualities)

DIRECTIONS


 

1. Add coconut oil to a dark glass container, then add each ingredient in one by one.
2. Close lid and mix well
3. You can either add a sprayer handle to the glass container and mist yourself or you can use your hand to manually rub onto skin (I find that the latter works better)

Make sure when you’re putting on children to add just a little at first (preferably before it’s use is needed to confirm not allergic reactions happen. After 24 hours of no reaction you may go ahead as planned). Enjoy the rest of your time outdoors during this mosquito season knowing that you and your loved ones are safe!

Please note: This mosquito spray has not been tested nor confirmed to be effective at preventing mosquito-borne illnesses (such as West Nile Virus).

 

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Question of the Day:
Why type of repellants do you typically use?
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Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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