Mosquito Repellant and other Summer Essential Oil Essentials

Summer is in full swing, and the weather has been impressive in the Northwest, hasn’t it? Having record highs of up to 116 in some areas can make the ’90s seem fantastic, even with humidity. Such crazy weather has helped me gain a newfound perspective on hot weather.

One of the great things about essential oils is getting almost instant results depending on whether you use the correct oil. This is true for cooling off when you accidentally got too much sunshine, helping to keep those pesky bugs away, or even stopping the annoying itch of a mosquito bite.

As the days grow shorter again, the evening temperatures begin to cool. Sun exposure decreases, reducing our risk of burns. No burning is fantastic, but the change in weather also means lots of evening bugs, mosquitoes in particular. One of my favorite ways to help reduce bites is with essential oils. Citronella, to be exact. Not only does it help keep mosquitoes away, but it has a lovely citrus scent. Add citronella essential oil to torch oils or hand-made candles for that backyard BBQ and in a spritz to apply topically to those who tend to be irresistible treats for those pesky critters.

When I forget and end up with that frustrating itch from a bite, my go-to is lavender essential oil. Lavender is a lifesaver if you are particularly sensitive or living in humid areas where mosquitoes seem to be particularly potent. The great thing about lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, to be specific, is that it is one of the safest oils and, in most cases, can be used neat, meaning without a carrier. I carry a bottle in my bag at all times because of how versatile it is.

I’d love to share my recipe for preventing bites when I am out and about. My eldest son is allergic to mosquito bites, and it has meant the world to him to know how he can keep safe and feeling good without having to miss out on all the outdoor summer fun or use the toxic chemicals that regular repent has.

Keep Away Mosquito Spray


  • 2oz spray bottle

  • 1oz mineral water

  • 1oz aloe vera jell

  • 6 drops citronella

  • 4 Spike Lavender


Add all ingredients to the spray bottle and shake well before each use. Spray over clothes and skin as needed to keep mosquitoes away.

If you prefer lotions, use the 2oz and blend your desired oils to create a longer-lasting effect. If you don’t like lavender, feel free to skip it and only use the citronella.

As always, use caution if not combining them to a carrier as they may irritate the skin, especially young and sensitive skin. This recipe is safe for children. If using it on infants with lotion, cut essential oil amounts in half.

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