Natural Insect Repellents Powered by Essential Oils for Your Next Camping Trip

It’s well-known since ages that plants have certain compounds that can help humans repel mosquitoes and other nasty insects. Therefore, there’s no wonder that there is again a resurgence of the plant-derived essential oils, not only in the treatment of medical conditions, relaxation, massages and many such purposes, but also as bug repellents. The major principle behind this is that many natural fragrances like eucalyptus, lemon, cedar wood, rosemary, clove bud etc. which are appealing to humans actually repel mosquitoes.

Why Should You Carry a Natural Bug Repellent on a Camping Trip?

Playing on the lap of the nature is a favorite hobby of every camper. However, it’s also true that you have to face certain problems that nature brings. Mosquitoes and other bugs are a major nuisance during camping. However, what we campers do is that we carelessly pick up a chemical bug repellent and head towards jungles, use those chemical bug repellents and forget about it. But these chemicals ultimately go in our water reservoirs and start their destructive task of killing organisms that are essential components of nature and help nature maintain its balance.

We should be more responsible while using bug repellents and get ready for the tick and mosquito season with natural insect repellents powered by organic essential oils.

How to Use Essential Oils as Mosquito Repellents?

You can use essential oils topically on your skin (but not on sensitive areas like around your eyes etc.), make a spray by diluting the oils in water or diffuse them with a diffuser. But these oils are different from each other and each has different properties and effectiveness; so, you have to do some research. Here the natural sprays like DA Aromatherapy are great as you can start using them directly.

Which Scents do Repel Mosquitoes?

Some scents actually attract mosquitoes, and so, having them in your yard invites these pesky pests. On the other hand, there are certain scents that mosquitoes actually hate. These include:

  • Basil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Neem
  • Lavender
  • Cedar
  • Marigold
  • Peppermint
  • Catnip
  • Bergamot
  • Citronella

Wearing these oils on your skin helps you keep mosquitoes away from your skin as well as from your blood.

Using Essential Oils on Mosquito Bites

You have to do some research on the quality and purity of essential oils as FDA doesn’t monitor them. Also it’s recommended to mix a few drops of an essential oil in a carrier oil, like coconut oil or a vegetable oil, to use it topically. Essential oils like lavender oil, rosemary oil, tea tree oil etc. can give a cooling sensation to the area of mosquito bite, and can even act as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial.

So, have you now decided to carry a natural bug repellent on your next camping trip?

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