Anytime you are outside, you are exposed to a number of insects. Whether you are on a camping trip, having a party at the beach, enjoying a barbecue or having a drink on your patio, you are at the mercy of the insects in the area. Many insects cause illnesses that can be detrimental to your health and well-being. Because of this, you will want to have an insect repellant to help keep you safe while outdoors. Unfortunately, most insect repellents contain chemicals that can be dangerous to your health. If you want to protect yourself from insects without the dangers associated with chemical insect repellents, try some of these effective homemade insect repellents.
Essential oils can be used to repel a number of vicious insects. One of the best ones to help you avoid chiggers, ticks and deer flies is tea tree oil. Eucalyptus oil and lemon oil can help keep mosquitos and black flies at bay. Peppermint oil and geranium oil can be blended together to help repel a number of insects.
Essential oils should never be applied directly to your skin as they can cause an allergic reaction and may burn your skin on application. Instead, you will need to mix your essential oils with a carrier oil. When you begin, you should only use one essential oil at a time to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction.
If you will be combining essential oils, opt for those from the same family like lemon oil and lemongrass or eucalyptus and lavender. Never combine tea tree oil or clove oil with any other essential oils as they should always be used alone. You can also mix lavender oil with peppermint oil or rosemary oil to create an effective insect repellent.
Keep the tips located above in mind when you are making your own homemade insect repellent. Learning how to mix and match these oils to the insects in your area can help keep you safe and comfortable while enjoying the great outdoors. For best results, mix your essential oil and carrier oil in a spray bottle for easier application.