What is the best thing to repel mosquitoes naturally? I’m allergic to some of the preservatives used in commercial repellents. But I like to be outdoors, so I need something safe for my skin.
Jacque T., NM
Allergies are no fun, and neither are bug bites. So the best thing to repel mosquitoes when you’re outdoors might be an essential oil. And for best results, wear the right color clothing to deter bugs, too.
To explain that further, it’s because dark-colored clothing traps the carbon dioxide that your body produces. Instead, make yourself less attractive to insects by choosing white and light-colored clothes. Then apply an essential oil to keep mosquitoes at bay. The full list of natural repellents is in this article: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-repel-mosquitoes/ But let me cover a few highlights here.
First, peppermint, rosemary, and clove oils deter mosquitoes. As a result, you can mix them with a carrier oil and rub that into exposed areas of your skin. (Just don’t get peppermint near your eyes because it will sting.) Just remember to renew your protection every two to four hours.
Second, if you want to create a spray to protect a broader zone around you, use one of the recipes in the article I mentioned above. For example, try witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, and mint oil. This mixture lasts longer than essential oil alone.
Finally, people also get relief with a homemade garlic repellent, but not everyone appreciates the odor. You might prefer a combination of eucalyptus and lemon instead.
To sum up, you have several natural ways to repel mosquitoes. Before you enjoy the outdoors, be sure to test your chosen method at home in the yard. You’ll be able to see how well it works for you and how your skin reacts.