During the hot summer days, the annoying mosquitoes and other insects are quite common problem. On the market you can find various products such as sprays and powders that are efficient and will keep the pests at bay. However, these products are loaded with chemicals that are detrimental for your and the health of your loved ones. Most of the products contain chemical compound known as DEET, which was proved to cause numerous health issues such as allergic reactions, irritation and even interference of the nervous system.
Fortunately, there is another option that is effective and harmless at the same time. You can make your own bug repellent with essential oils like these:
Lemon eucalyptus essential oil, extracted from the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree has proved throughout to be extremely effective at repelling mosquitoes.
Citronella essential oil, extracted from lemon grass, also has a strong scent that wards off mosquitoes and other flying insects.
One study also found that substances produced by the peel of common citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines and grapefruits are all effective at repelling mosquitoes.
Mosquito Repellent Mason Jars
An effective, and aesthetically pleasing, method of using essential oils and citrus fruits as mosquito repellent is through the use of mason jars. Here is everything that you’ll need to make your own mason jar bug repellents:
- 2 mason jars
- 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of citronella essential oil
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 4 sprigs of rosemary (optional)
- Floating disc candles
- Add an even amount of slices of lemon and lime to each jar
Put 2 sprigs or rosemary into each jar (optional)
Fill the jar about 3/4 full with water
Add essential oils, 10 of each type to a specific jar (don’t mix them together)
Add more water (if necessary) until the jar is almost full
All you have to do to activate these natural mosquito repellents is to light a candle. These jars are also a great decoration for porches, backyards, campfires or any other outdoors place where people (and mosquitoes) like to spend time.