As seen on The Hearty Soul, although a lot of people prefer summer over winter, not everybody is fond of the creatures it brings with it, especially the annoying mosquitoes. They are a real problem when you are sitting outside and they are constantly twirling around you and biting, preventing you from fully relaxing yourself. Moreover, with the recent Zika virus epidemic, there is even additional reason to learn how to keep them at bay.
Most of you will probably reach for store-bought mosquito repellents, however, the issue with these products is the fact that they are filled with dangerous chemicals, including DEET which has been linked to numerous health problems ranging from skin irritations to allergies, as well as nervous system damages.
With this in mind, it is far safer and better to know a natural method of keeping mosquitoes far away from your home. Check one of the best recipes for making your own homemade mosquito repellent below.
DIY Mosquito Repellent Recipe
You will need:
2 mason jars
10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of citronella oil
A lemon, sliced
A lime, sliced
4 rosemary sprigs
Floating disc candles
Preparation: Fill both jars with even amounts of lemon and lime slices and then put 2 sprigs of rosemary in each jar. Then, fill ¾ of the jar with water and add the essential oil (10 of each type to a jar; do not mix them). At the top of each jar, place one floating disc candle and light it up.
You can place the mosquito repellent jars in your yard or terrace or any other place where you have been noticing mosquitoes.
The Benefits of This DIY Mosquito Repellent
Lemon eucalyptus oil, extracted from lemon eucalyptus leaves has been proven beneficial in averting mosquitoes.
Citronella essential oil is extracted from lemon grass and its strong scent is what keeps mosquitoes and other insects far away.
According to a study, substances made from peels of citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and limes were found beneficial in averting mosquitoes.
If you want to learn more about these mosquito repellent jars, make sure you watch the whole video below: