It must be very annoying when your house has lots of mosquitoes, so that it interferes with activities in the house such as watching tv, gathering with family or disturbed sleep. In addition to the reason for the itchy bite, it is known that certain types of mosquitoes are carrier animals or disease-carrying animals. Call it the female Anopheles mosquito which causes malaria, Aides adepti with dengue fever and other types of mosquitoes that cause chikunguya disease or elephantiasis.
By taking care of the house and the environment will help break the life cycle of mosquito development, some things you can do to break the mosquito life cycle is by not giving mosquitoes the opportunity to lay eggs by burying some used materials at home that can hold water such as used cans. You can also sprinkle powder to kill larvae in bathroom tubs or other water reservoirs.
This time I will share a few tips on how to naturally make lotions and natural mosquito repellent sprays so that your home room is free from these blood-sucking insects. Why should you use natural materials? The most common mosquito sprays on the market contain chemicals such as DEET, which is present in many commercial insect repellents. N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it is commonly known to repel, not kill, insects. The chemical DEET in mosquito spray is an eye irritant, can cause rashes, pain, or burning when applied to the skin.
These chemicals certainly leave residues attached to the items in your home and of course this has a bad impact in the long run because one day this chemical residue can be inhaled by your child or even other family members in your home. For this reason, awareness is needed to return to using natural materials that are conducive to your family, including this mosquito repellent, besides being able to repel mosquitoes, this herb can also give a fresh scent to the room or to the skin when you apply it. Here’s how to make a natural mosquito repellent spray:
- Choose one of these essential oils (adjust according to your preferred scent) such as lemongrass oil, clove oil, tea tree oil, cinnamon oil, lavender oil, basil oil or mint oil.
- Glycerin (optional)
How to make mosquito repellent spray
- Fill the spray bottle with distilled or boiled water
- Add 1/2 tsp glycerin if using
- Add 30-50 drops of essential oil for desired aroma. The more oil you use, the more powerful the scent will be and the more powerful it will be at repelling mosquitoes. Besides being used for spraying the room, the herb can also be used as a lotion to prevent mosquito bites. Be sure to test it on the skin first as some skin types are sensitive to this natural ingredient.
How to make mosquito repellent spray from dried or fresh herbs
- Distilled water
- Dried herbs can use the leaves, flowers or other parts of this plant: peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, basil etc. I recommend using at least one herb from the mint family.
Ways of making
- Boil 1 cup of water and add 3-4 tablespoons of dry powdered herbal ingredients, total in combination from above.
- Mix well, cover and let it be ignored (Closing when cooking herbs is important to keep the essential oils in the herbal ingredients from evaporating)
- Strain the herb and water mixture with 1 cup witch hazel or alcohol. Store in a spray bottle in a cool area
- Use it when you need it. The sweet and pleasant smell can create relaxation in your room and can repel mosquitoes, even very refreshing for the skin!