Make up Natural Mosquito Repellent by Your Own Hands

Catnip natural mosquito repellentIt is generally known that mosquitoes can spread various dangerous infections like the West Nile Virus or Encephalitis. However there are some simple ways how to protect you from mosquito bites using natural materials. Here is a one of them.

According to numerous researches, there are natural repellents that can be more effective than common chemicals. For instance, the results of the latest research made by specialists from the Iowa State University Department of Entomology claim that catnip essence oil is ten times better protection from mosquitoes than DEET chemical widely used in repellents.

Regardless of DEET repellents popularity, this chemical can be dangerous for human health, especially for children. It was scientifically proved that DEET can impact the brain activity by killing cells in brain. It also can cause serious changes in behavior explained by neurological disorders that can appear after frequent DEET use during a long period of time.

The problem of finding safer way of protection from insects made scientists find answer in natural materials with less harmful side effects. And essential oils were found to be effective substitutes of chemical repellents. Catnip is one of the most useful organic matters that in right concentrations can fight mosquitoes even better than DEET-based substances.

Currently it is unknown the reason why mosquitoes are so afraid of catnip oil, but this really works. Not a long a go the use of essential catnip oil for producing natural repellents was patented by the Iowa State University Research Foundation. This means that in the near future new, efficient and safe natural repellents will appear in the market.

But this doesn’t mean that you can’t grow your own catnip and make a repellent for your own needs. If you have an area for gardening, full of sunlight and fertile soil, try to plant catnip. The Latin name of this plant is Nepeta cataria, it is a close relative to ornamental catmint. Catnip is already used for medical purposes due to its useful properties, but sometimes it is planted just like an ornamental.

Catnip has beautiful small blue flowers that are usually lost in the massive grass of green-gray color. It is very soft in touch due to hairy texture of the leaves. Catnip feels itself perfectly in sunny places with well-drained soil. It can also grow on heavy clay, but it is recommended to plant them on a mounded beds.

Catnip is planted in fall, as many other herbs. It requires very little watering: once or twice during the first year after planting, in case the summer is too hot and dry. Generally it is enough natural rainfalls to nourish catnip with water and develop strong rootage that will protect the plant from exhaustion. It is naturally strong plant that doesn’t need too much care from gardener.

Dealing with catnip, it is better to prepare some compost mixture for planning soil instead of feeding the herbs after planting. Compost and native soil mixed in 1:1 proportion is ideal for catnip. Put a layer of compost (two or three inches) on the top of bed for catnip to protect roots from exposure in winter.

As opposite to many plants, it is not recommended to feed catnip even in spring. Fertilizers can cause intensive growth that influences badly on essential oil quality in future. That is why the commercial production of essential oils is too risky, as most manufacturers overfeed soil with various fertilizers. At home try to use only very mild fertilizers to eliminate the rapid catnip growth.

You can do both spritz and infused oil as a remedies against mosquitoes. Both means effective and long-term protection totally safe for your health. I have proved this by my own experience and want to share some recipes with you. They already used in my family and I hope will help you to forget about annoying insects during warm summertime.

Making Mosquito Repellent at Home

Natural repellentsIt is very uncomfortable to stay outdoors, make picnics or barbeques together with mosquitoes that are not only annoying but also can spread various viruses. Many repellents contain various synthetic chemicals that are not safe for health. As an alternative to them, you can use natural repellents made by your own hands. It will be made of safe herbal ingredients with good smell and effective protection from mosquitoes and other insects.

You will need the following materials:

Eucalyptus oil (or leaves)

Catnip essential oil



Carrier oil


Dish soap


Hose sprayer

It is easy to make effective herbal repellent of eucalyptus. If you have such a herb in your garden, gather its leaves (you will need a handful or two) and boil them in a liter of water. Let this decoction to cool down, then just filter it and put into a sprayer. All you need to do is to spray it on your skin when you are planning to go outside. As an alternative to this, when having no eucalyptus plant, you can simply use its essential oil. Put a few drops of it into carrier oil and rub it into your skin. As carrier oil you can use glycerin, jojoba or palm oil or any other skin-care oil.

If you prefer a mild, almost unnoticeable smell, use catnip oil instead of eucalyptus. Mix a few drops of catnip oil into 250 ml (one cup) of carrier oil and use this mixture for rubbing on skin. Such repellent has very long term of use and requires very small doses for excellent effect. Catnip oil contains nepetalactone that without any smell scares mosquitoes away. You can order instant catnip oil online or buy it at pharmacy.

Another natural repellent can be made of rosemary leaves. Using it you can make a spray that helps to get rid of mosquitoes and other insects. Use about two handfuls of rosemary leaves, adding them into a liter of boiling water. Let them simmer for 5 minutes and cool down. Then only strain the liquid and put it into a sprayer. Use when going outside.

For those who can easily stand garlic aroma, it’s great news: garlic is an excellent repellent. Just crush fresh cloves and rub it on your skin. It is also a good remedy from mites. If you don’t want to put garlic on your skin, try to boil it near the place you stand. Its evaporations also scary mosquitoes away, but it is not so effective in this form.

Simple dish soap also repels mosquitoes. Put it into a hose sprayer together with glycerin (1 tablespoon of glycerin for a half a liter of dish soap). Spray the mixture around your courtyard. In such a way you will repel mosquitoes and scary away bugs from your garden.