6 Homemade Natural Mosquito Repellents

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

6 Homemade Natural Mosquito Repellents

A few of us are usually more prone to mosquito bites than others. This can be a result of random combinations of body odor, heat, humidity and even blood group. If you are such a person, you might be used to having a lot of itches and bumps on your skin.

If you are looking to get rid of mosquitoes while taking a hike, hanging out in the woods or even spending time in your backyard there are several natural mosquito repellents you can use. Not all of our skin can adapt well to chemical repellents. In the case of children, it is better to avoid chemical as a whole. Here are few natural and easily accessible mosquito repellents you can use.





1. Lemon eucalyptus oil

Lemon eucalyptus oil


This is one of the widely known tricks in the book when we are talking about natural mosquito repellents. This combination is proven to have a 95 percent protection under any circumstance. It is known to be effective up to three hours from the time it is first applied.


2.Lavender oil

Lavender oil

Lavender oil can be harvested by us directly. It is easy to grow lavender in your garden (indoor or outdoor). Pluck the flowers and crush them without mixing any water. Apply them in areas of your body that are much prone to a mosquito bite.




3. Soybean oil and Lemongrass oil

soybean oil and lemongrass oil

A combination of soybean oil and lemongrass oil can do wonders in keeping your skin safe from mosquito bites. It is usually effective against several different species of mosquitoes.


4. Citronella


This natural ingredient is part of several chemical mosquito repellents as well. It is a very common essential oil that is effective in repelling mosquitoes by itself. It remains as effective outdoor as it does indoor.




5. Cinnamon oil

Cinnamon oil

This is a very effective remedy. But cinnamon oil is not to be used directly. Concentrated cinnamon oil can cause irritation in your skin. Create a solution by adding 24 drops of oil to 4 ounces of water. Store the mixture in a spray bottle and use it. it is better to spray it on your clothes or even on the upholstery you sit on rather than your skin.


6. Neem oil

Neem oil

Neem oil is also one of the natural and effective alternatives to chemical mosquito repellents. You can dilute the oil by adding it to water and spray it on yourself. You can otherwise mix it with regular oil or lotion to apply on your skin. Choose cold-pressed extra virgin neem oil for best results.



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