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Monday, August 26, 2019 by: Melissa Smith
Tags: aedes aegypti, dengue, goodscience, infectious diseases, insect repellents, IR8a, Malaria, mosquito bites, mosquito repellents, mosquitoes, odor, remedies, research, smell
- Lemon eucalyptus oil – Mix one-part lemon eucalyptus oil with 10 parts sunflower oil or witch hazel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved eucalyptus oil as an effective ingredient in mosquito repellents.
- Lavender – When crushed, lavender flowers produce a fragrance and oil that can repel mosquitoes. You can apply crushed lavender flowers or lavender essential oil to your arms, ankles, and other bite-sensitive areas of the body. Lavender can also calm and soothe your skin.
- Thyme oil – You can make a spray mosquito repellent with thyme oil. Just mix five drops of thyme oil with two ounces of water. If you’re out in the woods, you may also throw thyme leaves into a campfire to prevent malarial mosquitoes from biting you.