Summer brings BBQs, picnics out by the lake, and those unwanted guests – mosquitos and flies. It can be a battle to enjoy your day while swatting away mosquitos and flies. It isn’t realistic to live the entire summer inside or under a mesh tent, so what are you to do? Say bye bye mosquitos and flies by using these essential oils.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
The Lemongrass plant is what citronella is derived from. Citronella is the main component in most mosquito repellent candles and sprays. The little buggers are just not fans of the smell of citronella! Make your own mosquito repellent spray with 8-10 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil added to a small water bottle filled with water. Spray this on window and door jams, on outdoor furniture, and around the area that you are hanging at around outside. You can also diffuse it if you have a mosquito problem in your house. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to diffuse it outside either, especially when the mosquitos are especially bad.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Flies are not fans of peppermint in any way. You can diffuse Peppermint Essential Oil to get rid of flies quickly. Add a few drops to a spray bottle and spray it on the barriers to your home to make them think twice about coming inside. Add a drop or two to a candle and burn it outside when you’re having a picnic or enjoying cocktails in the backyard.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon Essential Oil is a natural, organic way to get rid of mosquitos. Cinnamon kills mosquito larvae and repels adult mosquitos as well. Cinnamon Essential Oil is deeply concentrated and one drop in standing water will due the trick to get rid of unhatched mosquito eggs.
Mosquito and Fly Repellent Spray
- 7 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Oregano Oil
Add these essential oils to a spray bottle and fill it up with water and shake well. Use it like you would use a commercial mosquito and fly repellent. You can also make a rub-on insecticide by adding the above ingredients to a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil.
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