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You don't see them but they sure eat you

You don't see them but they sure eat you

First of all, different biting insects can be repelled by different, natural, phyto-“plant-based”-chemicals, in the form of  the specific plants “essential oils”.  So, in order to get the most effective, broad-spectrum, natural repellent, you must combine a few different of these, insect-repelling essential oils.  If you are making large amounts of insect repellent, a good rule of thumb is to mix the repellent so it’s 5-10% natural essential oil – so mix 1 part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil, alcohol or witch hazel.  For a smaller batch use:

  • 10-25 drops (total) of essential oils
  • 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil, alcohol or witch hazel

The natural essential oils below work well against most biting insects (mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas).

  1. cinnamon oil (mosquitoes)
  2. lemon eucalyptus or regular eucalyptus oil (mosquitoes, ticks, and lice)
  3. citronella oil (mosquitoes and biting flies)
  4. castor oil (mosquitoes)
  5. orange oil (fleas)
  6. rose geranium (ticks and lice)

Here is a combination of natural essential oils I recently tried; it worked great.  Essential Oil Mixture: Lemon eucalyptus essential oil (mandatory in any formula), citronella essential oil and orange oil.  Test Location: Puerto Vallarta Beaches and Jungle.  Protected the Family Against: Sand Fleas, Mosquitoes and No-See-Ums.

Safe carrier oils and other liquids include:

  1. olive oil
  2. sunflower oil
  3. any other cooking oil
  4. witch hazel – (personal choice)
  5. vodka – (a cheap generic brand of alcohol will do)