How to make your own mosquito repellent from essential oils
Mosquitoes, the infamous creatures that annoy us by causing unbearably itchy bites. Beyond the seemingly harmless itch, mosquitoes are also transmitters of diseases such as meningitis, encephalitis and even the Zika virus.
Despite this, people usually think twice before applying mosquito repellent containing a chemical known as DEET – short for Diethyl-meta-toluamide. The American Academy of Paediatrics also advised against using insect repellent on children more than once a day due to its toxicity. Worse still, the effects do not last the entire day.
Insect repellents containing DEET can cause a variety of side effects, including:
- Hives, irritation of skin, blistering, burns and permanent scarring
- Temporary burning sensation and redness in eyes, ears, nose and throat
- Difficulty breathing, coughing, tremors, seizures
- In severe cases, coma and even death
What then, are parents supposed to do?
The video below by House Hacker shows how to make your mosquito repellent from essential oils that are not harmful. You will need the following ingredients:
Lemon eucalyptus oil
Vanilla extract (optional)
These ingredients can be found in your nearby supermarket. Lemon eucalyptus has been shown to be an effective repellent without the harmful effects. If you can’t find witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, cooking oil or vodka can be used instead. Vanilla extract is an optional ingredient to boost effectiveness and scent.