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10 Best Natural Mosquito Repellent for Your Family

If you are looking for the best natural mosquito repellent for yourself and your family, you are at the right place. We all hate mosquitoes. In addition to the general irritation and itching caused by mosquito bites, they are dangerous too. They are responsible for diseases like Zika virus, Dengue, Malaria, and Yellow Fever. Not to mention, the irritating buzzing sounds it emits when flying around your head.

We all want it away from our homes and our babies. There are many products available in the market: ointment creams, coils, sprays, vaporizers, etc. We know that they all have harmful side effects with their prolonged use. It is always better to opt for natural ways to protect ourselves and our babies from mosquitoes.

This article will help you to find the best natural mosquito repellents to get rid of mosquitoes. We have also listed the 10 best natural mosquito repellents for babies available in the Indian market.

List of Best Natural Mosquito Repellent

1. Essential oils

Essential oils as mosquito repellent

If you will look for natural mosquito repellent options on the internet you will find essential oils as the number one remedy. When we look at essential oils as a mosquito repellent we need to know the following

  • Effects of essential oils won’t be as long as chemical repellents containing DEET as they evaporate quickly. 1
  • The best way to use essential oils as mosquito repellents is to mix with a carrier oil or water so that they get released into the air slowly.
  • You should never put on the essential oil directly to your skin. It should always be mixed with a carrier oil.
  • Just because it is natural doesn’t mean it is safe. It is always recommended to do a small patch test before applying and wait for 24 hours to see the reaction.
  • Each essential oil is different. Not all essential oils have same effect.2
  • For babies under three months old, essential oils should not be used. Always check with your doctor before applying.
  • Essential oils which have been found to have insect-repelling properties are Clove, Citronella, Pepper mint, Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Spearmint and Garlic.3

Ways to use essential oils as natural mosquito repellent

  • Put them in a diffuser and place them in your room. It will act as a great replacement for artificial room fresheners too.
  • There are essential oil candles and essence sticks now available in the market. You can burn them to spread their aroma.
  • Add few drops in the water while having a bath. This way essential oil will stick on the skin.
  • You can dilute with a base oil and apply it on your skin or spray around.
  • You can dilute with water and spray around or apply it on your skin.

2. Clothing

Your clothing can also make a difference. Wear long sleeves t-shirts, full pants, hats, socks, and closed toes shoes to protect from mosquito bites.

3. Mustard Oil

mustard oil as as mosquito repellent

Massage mustard oil on your skin. Its strong and pungent smell drives the mosquitos away.

4. Neem Oil

Neem oil as as mosquito repellent

You can apply a combination of neem oil and coconut oil to your skin. According to a study,4if you mix neem oil with coconut oil and apply it on your exposed parts, it is effective in keeping away mosquitoes

Neem’s strong aroma and mosquito-repelling properties keep away mosquitoes.

5. Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

Oil of lemon Eucalyptus as natural mosquito repellant

Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is a natural plant extracted oil. It is not the same as lemon eucalyptus oil. Both are mosquito repellent but have different efficacy. According to one study5 , OLE provides six hours of protection compared to one-hour protection by Lemon Eucalyptus oil. In other words, Lemon eucalyptus oil is less effective compared to OLE. OLE is not suitable for children under age 3. If you decide to buy OLE, you don’t have to use pure oil. Buy a  product that lists “oil of lemon eucalyptus” as its active ingredient. I did not manage to find any product in India having OLE.

6. Mosquito Repellent Plants

Basil plant

marigold plantlemongrass plant

Grow Mosquito repellent plants in your garden/balcony. Plants like lavender, rosemary, citronella, lemongrass, marigold, and basil act as natural mosquito repellents.

7. Neem Oil as Floor Cleaner

neem oil as floor cleaner as mosquito repellant

You can use a neem-based floor cleaner for your home or just add few drops of neem oil to the water being used for mopping. Always do a patch test on one tile before you proceed to the whole house.

8. Camphor

camphor cone mosquito repellant

Camphor smell repels the mosquitoes. You can burn few pieces of camphor in different rooms of your house. Make sure to close the doors and windows so that the smell doesn’t escape the room. You can also keep camphor cones in your room. The camphor evaporates on its own and when they evaporate it fills the room with its smell which helps to keep the mosquito away.

9. Lemon and Cloves

lemon and cloves

Take a half lemon and insert some cloves in it. Place it in a room. The smell of clove and lemon will help you to keep mosquitoes away.

10. Natural Vaporiser

The vast majority of people are unaware of the harmful effects of chemical-based plug-in vaporizers which we use at home. These vaporizers use harmful insecticides like Kerosene, Dimefluthrin, and Transfluthrin. It is studied that prolonged use of these vaporizers is not good for our health. It leads to suffocation, dizziness, vomiting sensation, nausea, and nervous system disorders.

There are natural mosquito repellent vaporizers available in the Indian market made up of 100% natural ingredients which are a great alternative. One such is Novosynth Mosqpel Kidzee -Herbal Mosquito Vaporizer

Novosynth Mosqpel Kidzee -Herbal Mosquito Vaporizer

This vaporizer works with the liquid vaporizer machine available in the market. This vaporizer has a refreshing lemon fragrance too.

It is highly effective as it contains Citrosynthol derived from the lemon eucalyptus. It has 90% of Organic solvent along with 10% Citrosynthol based on propriety PINE derivatives.

You can use all these natural mosquito repellents either as a standalone solution or in combination to repel the mosquitoes. Also Read How to Increase Immunity in Kids?

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