Mosquitoes are probably the most irritating and useless creatures on earth. They not just suck the blood out of the body but also snatch the little peace of mind. A perfect spoilsport for outdoor games and blissful sleep and a carrier of many diseases, they truly don’t deserve any mercy.
The synthetic mosquito repellents may be effective in shooing away the pesky flies but they are equally harmful to our health. Inhaling the gas or applying lotions on skin effects the body in negative ways. Fortunately, there are many natural effective and cheap techniques to ward off the nasty beasts.
Essential oil is potent at keeping the mosquitoes at bay while causing no side effects on the body. They relax, calm and soothe the body with powerful natural properties and the best part is they are free from harmful chemicals.
Here is a list of the most effective mosquito repellent essential oils:
The aromatic essence of lavender is well known for its relaxing and sleep inducing properties. However, the tender looking lavender is sturdy enough to fight bugs and mosquitoes. Lavender oil can be used as a diffuser to keep away ants and insects, mosquitoes.
Neem leaves are ladened with strong antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also known since ages for their therapeutic nature. Neem leaves work effectively well against flying objects including mosquitoes. They work well when mixed with base oil and applied to the skin directly.
Tea tree oil is well known for its antibacterial, antifungal ability, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is an efficacious repellent that protects and soothes painful bites from mosquitoes and bugs. Repellents containing tea tree oil are effective against mosquitoes, bush flies, and biting midges.
The oil extracted from this culinary herb has many benefits. It is a proven natural insect repellent and an instant mood booster. This sweet and spicy smelling oil contains high levels of larvicide and is commonly used in battling against mosquito bites. It is often cultivated close to homes to repel bloodsucking insects, including mosquitoes.
Thyme oil is an excellent natural alternative to ward off the nasty mosquitoes. It is one of the best repelling agents for malarial mosquitoes.
Citronella is a common household weapon against flies and mosquitoes. Extracted from the leaves and stems it is extremely effective against mosquitoes that transmit yellow fever as well as Dengue and Zika viruses. Growing citronella around your garden is also a good way to repel mosquitoes.
Lemon eucalyptus oil
This lemon-scented gum tree leaves is a potent insect repellent. The oil extracted from the leaves effectively protects the skin from tick bites and mosquitoes. Hanging branches of eucalyptus at doors and windows and burning the leaves and wood in the evenings were common traditional ways of repelling mosquitoes.
Extracted from the wood of cedar tree, this aromatic essential oil is immensely popular as an insect repellent. It is particularly effective against malarial mosquitoes.
Other effective options are:
Geranium essential oil
Equip yourself with the powers of natural oils to fight and win this battle against the annoying flies.
Dr. Shreya Shetty, Ayurvedic Physician, AyurCentral, Yelahanka New town, Bangalore
AyurCentral, No.40, Shop No.2, Ist A Main Road, Yelahanka New Town,
Opposite Corporation Bank, Bangalore – 560064
Phone : +91 95386 66300