Essential Oils that Fight Mosquitos
I specialize in helping people to release their inner beauty by embracing the internal changes that are necessary to create your outward beauty. The number one change we can all make is to just start using less chemicals, especially with our children. Our society is laced with chemicals that are polluting us. We can't escape them but we can take control by simply making informed choices to better our bodies. I have two very simple and easy suggestions using essential oils, namely lemon eucalyptus and geranium oil.
As if we did not have enough to worry about with mosquito and tic season, we are now being warned of yet another mosquito bred illness, the Zyka virus. But did you know that just simply using one essential oil will repel mosquitos and tics just as effectively as DEET? Without all the side effects? Yes it is true, lemon eucalyptus oil will do exactly that. I would like to present the evidence…
According to the CDC, lemon eucalyptus oil could be a much safer and more natural weapon. The CDC confirmed that lemon eucalyptus oil can be as effective as DEET in repelling mosquitoes, a story reported on Mattermore:
Oil of lemon eucalyptus [active ingredient: p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD)], a plant- based repellent, is also registered with EPA. In two recent scientific publications, when oil of lemon eucalyptus was tested against mosquitoes found in the US it provided protection similar to repellents with low concentrations of DEET.
So safe, effective and inexpensive! Just make sure that you use a carrier oil or an aloe based product and not use essential oils by themselves on your skin. They can be very irritating to some and you can prolong the action of the oils by combining with a carrier oil. I like to use almond oil as it is quickly absorbed into the skin.
Another little tidbit that can make a huge difference this time of the year is geranium oil. It is the best treatment for swimmer’s ear. As a prevention, combine geranuim oil with an oil like almond or grapeseed and place into a 10ml roller bottle and when the kids come out of the pool, just apply it behind the ear extending into the jawline. As a therapy, you can apply this every time they come out of the pool. A good ratio would be about 7 ml of a carrier oil mixed with 20 drops of geranium. Please note, this is not to be used on children under 2. Their systems are much too immature for the application of essential oils.
These are just 2 very simple ideas to help in your journey into the world of essential oils.