This is the second article in a series about my attempts to find an effective DIY Essential Oil blend to keep mosquitoes away. You can read about the first post here.
Camping trip #2 was in August 2016. Interestingly, the mosquitoes were not nearly as bad as the previous month, so while there were mosquitoes and a few landed on me, there wasn’t the swarm flying around me as the month before. My boyfriend even noted that he hardly had any bites, although he noted that he did spray himself quite thoroughly with Off.
The first night I used this blend I had tried the previous trip. It did seem to keep the mosquitoes off of me, although there weren’t that many. Since Lemon EO is photosensitive and will interact with sunlight, you want to avoid the sun for 10-12 hours after applying. While this blend may work well for evenings, I wanted something I could use during the day.
So, the following morning when I was sitting outside and noticed some bugs flying around, I applied a blend I adapted from one I found on Dr. Axe’s website.
In a spray bottle add, in equal parts:
Apple Cider Vinegar
7 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil
7 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
Shake well to blend before each use.
I sprayed it on, and overall wasn’t bothered by bugs, although again, they weren’t as bad as last trip.
I am sitting outside at home as I write this. It is late evening, and a few bugs are flying around me (perhaps attracted by the light from my computer screen). So I got out this blend, took off the spray top, and let it sit to diffuse into the air around me. It does seem to be helping!
One thing I have noticed with all the blends I have tried is that if I miss any area with the spray, the bugs WILL find it. I began spraying the blend on, then rubbing it around on my skin to cover as much as possible. That seemed to help keep them off me, although not necessarily away from me.
Overall I am pleased with this newest blend, and am looking forward to trying it out again. I am also researching other blend to try to see what works best with my body chemistry. If you have a blend you like, please share in the comments.