Do Homemade Mosquito Repellents Work?

Q:
Do homemade mosquito repellents work?

A:
In fact, some essential oils are as good or even better than DEET. Such as:

  • Catnip oil
  • Citronella oil
  • Neem oil
  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE)

Apart from these oils, below oils are best used in combination (as opposed to a single ingredient) with any of the other oils listed above:

  • Castor Seed
  • Cedar Leaf
  • Clove Flower
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Turmeric

But most plant essential oils and extracts are volatile and evaporate quickly from the skin.

However, study has shown that the effectiveness and duration of plant-based topical repellents improve when they are mixed with vanillin (a primary organic compound in vanilla extract) and/or soybean oil.

So according to the research results of scientific studies, your best homemade insect repellent would include at least one of the following oils: lemon eucalyptus, catnip, neem, soybean and citronella, and also mixed with vanillin or soybean oil.

 

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