Summertime is great, but dealing with those pesky mosquitoes is far from it. Mosquitoes have a bad habit of silently sneaking up on you, only to quickly fly away before you have realised they have feasted on your blood.
Severe reactions to mosquito bites are pretty uncommon. Generally, mosquito bites will leave you with a red, itchy bump that will disappear on its own unless you itch it a lot which can potentially leave a scar. There are essential oils for mosquito bites that will help to soothe the affected area. Some essential oils also make an excellent repellent.
An essential oil is a volatile oil extracted from a plant. Today they tend to be associated with aromatherapy, however, they have long been used for medicinal purposes. Essential oils are known to cause skin irritation, so it is very important to dilute the oils with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil. You should also note here that essential oils are for topical use only and under no circumstances should be ingested.
Citronella Essential Oil
If you’ve done any research on mosquitoes then you’ve probably come across citronella. Citronella, extracted from the lemon grass plant, is one of the most recognized natural mosquito repellents.
Apart from being bothersome, The National Geographic states that ‘mosquitoes are carriers, or vectors, for some of humanity’s most deadly illnesses, and they are public enemy number one in the fight against global infectious disease.’ It is better to protect yourself against mosquitoes, then be bitten, which is what makes citronella so useful.
Citronella works by masking scents in humans that mosquitoes are attracted to, causing them confusion and, therefore, steering them away from you. Studies have shown that citronella offers you up to two hours protection against mosquitoes, which is pretty good for an all-natural product.
Basil Essential Oil
Basil essential oil is steam distilled from the flower buds and leaves of the Ocimum Basilicum plant. Although basil is usually associated with cooking, it has traditionally been used for medicinal purposes. It makes a good remedy for nausea, constipation, indigestion, pain relief and so much more.
Basil essential oil contains many therapeutic properties. It acts as an analgesic, which is essentially a painkiller that when used on mosquito bites can help soothe itchiness. Basil also contains anti-venomous properties, which makes it good for other bug bites too. Like citronella, basil is also a natural insecticide that you can use as a repellent.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil, one of the most recognized aromatherapy oils, is extracted by steam distillation from flower spikes of the lavender plant. Lavender oil is commonly used as a natural remedy for relaxation and insomnia but has many other uses too. Just to name a few, lavender oil has proven effective in the treatment of acne, depression and respiratory disorders. It even makes a great natural hair care product.
Lavender oil is one of the best essential oils for mosquito bites because not only does it smell nice, unlike some other essential oils, but it is packed full of powerful properties. Lavender oil is also one of the safest essential oils to use on the skin. Like basil, lavender oil is a natural insecticide and analgesic, meaning it can repel mosquitoes and soothe itchiness. It is also a natural cicatrisant, a property that helps scar tissue to form, which is perfect if you’ve scratched at the bite a bit too much.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree is a very popular essential oil. It is sourced by steam distillation from the twigs and leaves of the melaleuca alternifolia plant that is native to Australia. Tea Tree Oil can often be found in various cosmetics, including anti-dandruff shampoos, face creams and more. Studies have also shown tea tree oil to be an effective solution for acne.
Due to its insecticidal, antibacterial and antifungal properties, tea tree oil makes an amazing bug repellent. It is a good way to protect yourself against a variety of parasites, like mosquitoes and is even effective at preventing head lice. Tea tree oil is also very good natural mosquito bite treatment as it can ease the itchiness associated with mosquito bites.
There are so many different products for repelling mosquitoes, but most ingredients have proven to be pretty toxic, like DEET. Using essential oils is an effective way to repel mosquitoes without harmful side effects.
Now Essential Oils have even made a three-pack blend for repelling mosquitos, which includes Citronella, Lemongrass, Grapefruit. Essential oils for mosquito bites are great because they are natural and relatively inexpensive to make. They will also keep for a fair amount of time.