It’s Summer here in the South!!
Sadly, that also means mosquito season! There’s nothing more annoying than constantly having to swat away mosquitoes when trying to enjoy some time on the patio or by the pool. And with the recent Zika virus epidemic, there is even more of a reason to ward off these pests. You can easily rid your patio or pool of these pesky bugs by making mosquito repelling candles using essential oils.
Commercial bug sprays may be effective at keeping mosquitoes away from you, but most of them contain the chemical DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). DEET has been shown to cause a variety of health problems, ranging from mild side effects such as skin irritation or allergic reactions, and more serious long-term effects, such as nervous system interference. Did you know that essential oils can help repel those pesky mosquitoes?.
Natural Bug Repellents
There are many natural foods and compounds that produce scents that can effectively repel insects.
Lemon eucalyptus essential oil, which is extracted from the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree has been proven throughout various studies to be effective at mosquito repelling.
Citronella essential oil, which is extracted from lemon grass, also has a strong scent that is proven to ward off mosquitoes and other flying insects. Many people already use Citronella candles poolside or on their patios.
One study also found that substances made from the peel of common citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits were all found to be effective at repelling mosquitoes. This proves that natural, strong smelling plant-based substances and citrus fruits have the ability to repel mosquitoes without causing harmful side effects to the people using them.
An effective, and aesthetically pleasing, method of using essential oils and citrus fruits as mosquito repellent is through the use of mason jars. Here is a recipe with everything that you’ll need to make your own mason jar bug repellents:
- 2 mason jars
- 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of citronella essential oil
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 4 sprigs of rosemary (optional)
- Floating Disc Candles
Instructions for making mosquito repelling candles with essential oils:
1. Add an even amount of slices of lemon and lime to each jar
2. Put 2 sprigs of rosemary into each jar (optional)
3. Fill the jar about 3/4 full with water
4. Add essential oils, 10 drops of each type to a specific jar (don’t mix them together)
5. Add more water (if necessary) until the jar is almost full
All you have to do to activate these natural mosquito repelling candles is to light a match. They make great additions to porches, backyards, patios, or other outdoors areas where people (and mosquitoes) like to spend time.
How cool is that? You can get all these supplies at your favorite shopping location, or if you are an Amazon fan, like me, you can get everything at my online store and have it delivered!