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Essential Oil Insect Repellent Mixtures

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By Karen Wood

The winter was so long and exhausting, but summer finally came, bringing millions of nasty insects. These blood sucking vampires surrounded your houses, making it impossible to enjoy spending time outside. And, it is really quite simple to repel them, using pure and simple ingredients. Making original essential oil insect repellent will be simple and funny, and the results will be just amazingly good.

Mother nature makes sure you can find something to protect you on perfectly natural way. For example, those blood sucking mosquitoes cannot bare some scents, such as cinnamon, geranium, rosemary and thyme. They will stay away from peppermint and eucalyptus, too, and lemon and lavender will always scare them away, and this really is something to feel good about.

Flies and gnats dislike eucalyptus and peppermint as well, but they are especially sensitive when it comes to tea tree oil, or Malaleuca. They also won't come near you if you use cedar wood oil or maybe Patchouli. Geranium and rosemary will also work really well if you want to protect yourself from these nasty insects. There are also some essential oils you do not want to use, because they actually attract some insects, for example lemongrass.

Ticks, on the other hand, dislike plans such as geranium, cedar wood, peppermint and popular tea tree oil. Thyme is another plant ticks will gladly avoid, and all this can be used in protecting your family efficiently. The best thing is that you can make your own, personal mixtures, and create really appealing scents you will enjoy wearing.

There are two basic types of home-made repellents, rub on and spray ones. It is really simple to make any of these protective mixtures, depending on your particular taste, as well as of available ingredients. In any case, for making any of these repellents you will also need some other ingredients, but most of them you probably already have in your home.

Some basic ingredients you probably have in your home, and others can be simply found in the nearest store or in pharmacy. As it was said, it is very important not to apply essential oils as they are, but in such mixture. Some oils such as cinnamon are known as hot oils, and it means they can be aggressive on the skin. Using carrier oils will dilute it and make it harmless.

For making a perfect rub-on insect repellent, you will have to combine maybe eight drops of selected essential oils in your favorite combination with two large spoons of desired carrier oil. There are numerous combination that will be really effective, and it is always good to combine peppermint with some other appealing scents. In any case, don't use too much essentials.

When you are making spray repellents, this mixture has to be additionally diluted. For this purpose you have to add some distilled water, together with a small quantity of witch hazel or vodka. Mix it well before each application, and make sure not to include lemongrass and similar essentials in your designing. Bees simply cannot resist this smell, and you don't want to become a main coarse on their menu.

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