As the summertime moving on, the annoying the little pests start bugging us – you know what they are: as soon as you get home, your body is full of small or large mosquito bites. With the rising temperatures, the unwelcomed bloodsuckers also come back. In summer months we often have to deal with the annoying insects. But there are effective, natural alternatives to the conventional chemical repellents with which you can repel mosquitoes and treat mosquito bites – namely with the help of all-natural essential oils .
In our last posts we have often taken up that natural essential oils have a multitude of positive effects and now should these also help against mosquitoes? – When it comes to mosquito protection, we rely on nature instead of chemistry!
A selection of essential oils that fight against mosquitoes and help with mosquito bites can be found here:
- Bergamot oil
- Lemongrass Oil
- Lavender oil
- Patchouli Oil
- Rosemary oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Sage Oil
- Geranium Oil
- Peppermint oil
Some oils help against mosquito bites and others become loyal companions during the healing process.
Protection against mosquitoes
Mosquito bites are uncomfortable and so it is natural to try to keep yourself away from the insects in advance. Different oils can help you get rid of mosquitoes in warm summer evenings. These include: rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, patchouli oil and cedar oil – but why?
The key matter for this is the scent of the oils, because they drive away the mosquitoes. Oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary have very strong scents.
Patchouli and cedar oil, on the other hand, confuse mosquitoes with their own smells.
The application of the oils is simple and quick – for example with the help of aroma lamps and diffusers. It helps with just a few drops of the above oils diluted with water.
But you can also make your own DIY anti-mosquito skin cream. You only need two ingredients for this: all-natural essential oil and a base oil. The helping essential oils are mentioned above. Suitable base oils include olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil and coconut oil.
- Mix 100g base oil with only 4-8 drops of the oil of your choice
- Apply this mixture thinly to your skin – done!
Help after a mosquito bite
If the mosquito caught you nonetheless – here’s the help for afterwards!
Essential oils help not only driving away the mosquitoes, some oils soothe the pain and itchiness, promote healing, and have a decongestant effect.
The following oils can help you:
Lavender oil relieves discomfort and promotes healing.
Peppermint oil, on the other hand, is perfect for cooling the sting and relieving the annoying itching.
Tea tree oil is an all-rounder among the essential oils, so it also helps with mosquito bites. It relieves pain, relieves itching, has a healing and decongestant effect. Another positive property is the scent of the tea tree oil, because it also drives away the mosquitoes.
Use on children:
When used on children, care should be taken to use milder oils. These include lavender oil and patchouli oil, as these are gentle on the skin.
When it comes to the dosage, remember: don’t act according to the motto “more helps more”. Just a few drops of the natural oils is enough to drive away the mosquitoes or to treat mosquito bites.
The effectiveness of the naturally pure essential oils is limited, so repeated application is necessary to achieve the best possible effect.
Alexander Helm is a licensed pharmacist (Martin-Luther University) and the founder of Casida. His vision is to combine pharmaceutical know-how and natural remedy into natural health products, and leverage the power of nature to improve human health.