In warm and humid Singapore, we are often plagued by mosquitoes and worrying about Dengue Fever. Now you can keep these annoying insects at bay with your very own DIY mosquito repellent!
A number of essential oils have been identified as being effective against insects. They include: citronella, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree and cedarwood.
Depending on your preference, you may use one or several of these essential oils to ‘customise’ your very own mosquito repellent! Be sure to dilute with water or carrier oil before applying on your skin.
Here is a tried and tested formula that is effective and pleasant smelling:
15 drops NOW Citronella Oil
5 drops NOW Lavender Oil
5 drops NOW Eucalyptus Oil
5 drops NOW Peppermint Oil
Add these essential oils into a 50ml glass or plastic spray bottle. (Daiso has a good selection of plastic bottles at only $2!) Fill the bottle with tap water. Shake well before each use. Mist onto your skin and clothing. Reapply as necessary.
Note: Essential oils are only sparingly soluble in water and it is normal for the mixture to separate. To prevent having droplets of concentrated essential oil irritating your skin, please remember to shake well before each use.
To prevent mosquitoes from invading your living room, bedroom or children’s nursery, you may like to try the following recipe with an ultrasonic diffuser:
5 drops NOW Citronella Oil
3 drops NOW Lavender Oil
3 drops NOW Eucalyptus Oil
2 drops NOW Lemongrass Oil
If you do not fancy blending your own products, you may like to consider NOW Bug Ban™ All Natural Insect Repellent Spray.
When shopping for a commercial insect repellent, be sure to look for a product that is deet free. Studies have shown that exposure to deet has negative effects on health including: rashes, skin irritation, nausea, headaches, dizziness and difficulty concentrating.
Disclaimer: Everyone and every situation is different. There is no guarantee that the above recipes will prevent you or other users from being bitten by insects nor contracting Dengue Fever. You assume all responsibility for trying or modifying the recipes and seeing if they work for your needs.