Mosquitoes are a perpetual problem. They become acute especially during the warm summer months, giving a cue to deadly diseases like malaria, dengue, and chikungunya.  So, it is important to stay protected against these blood-sucking bugs. If you’re wary of using those over-the-counter mosquito repellents, then essentials oils can be a good natural remedy.

Let us take a closer look at 5 essential oils that help fight mosquitoes away.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil=
Mix one drop of eucalyptus essential oil in ten drops of sunflower oil and apply it on your skin to repel mosquitoes. Do not apply this essential oil on kids who are younger than 4 years. 

Lavender oil

Lavender oil=
Dilute lavender oil using olive oil and dab the mixture on the exposed part of your body to keep mosquitoes away. You can also spray the concoction over your clothes. It is safe for infants and kids too. Moreover, it is also known to soothe the itchiness and redness caused by mosquito bites.

To prevent mosquitoes from buzzing around, consider adding some lavender plant to your garden or patio.

Thyme oil

Thyme oil=
It is most effective at keeping mosquitoes that are known to transmit malaria infection at bay. Blend one teaspoon of jojoba oil with four drops of thyme oil and apply it directly on your skin. Do not apply this concoction on infants and kids under 4 years of age.

Basil oil

basil  oil=
Along with its medicinal properties, basil is also known for its insect repellent properties. Dilute 30 drops of basil oil in two tablespoons of witch hazel oil, and apply it on your skin to stay safe. You can also spray the concoction around your surroundings to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Fennel oil

Fennel  oil=
Fennel oil is known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It is also widely used to keep mosquitoes at bay. Mix 10 drops of fennel oil in 5 drops of soybean oil and apply this mixture directly on your skin for a long-lasting protection from mosquitoes. It is safe for infants and children’s skin as well.

For best results, repeat the applications of these oils, thrice a day.

For any query related to mosquitoes-borne diseases, you can consult an Internal Medicine Specialist at 

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