Using Tea Tree Oil as Mosquito Repellent
As a natural remedy, tea tree oil is nothing short of miraculous. This essential oil has so many uses and can help in a number of situations, so it’s always good to have some on hand. From cleaning to camping, from first aid to preventing infection, tea tree oil does it all. And in case you don’t already know, it is also an excellent Mosquito repellent.
Instead of reaching for a chemical-laden bug spray that is probably loaded with DEET or other harmful substances, you can use tea tree as well as other essential oils mixed with a few simple ingredients to make your own insect repellent. Not only does tea tree oil naturally repel mosquitoes, but it’s an excellent deterrent for ticks and other pests.
If you want to protect yourself from itchy bug bites as well as possibly harmful infections like Dengue fever, Zika virus, or malaria, consider using tea tree oil to keep your skin safe. Whether you enjoy hiking, camping, travel, golfing, or any other outdoor activity, protecting your skin is always a smart idea, and tea tree essential oil is an excellent option.
Why Does Tea Tree Oil Work?
The leaves of the Melaleuca tree, from which tea tree oil is derived, contain powerful compounds that are known to fight infection. The oils in this plant, though, are also powerful insect repellents due to the natural terpenes found in them. With a powerful and distinctive aroma, tea tree oil can help keep insects from biting and stinging and, in case you were too late with your application, can even alleviate the itching and burning associated with insect bites.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil to Repel Insects
As a natural essential oil, tea tree is very potent. You don’t need a lot, and applying undiluted tea tree oil directly to your skin can cause irritation and a rash. You always want to dilute this powerful natural substance with other ingredients before using it on your skin.
Be sure to store this and all essential oils out of reach of pets and children. Tea tree can be toxic if ingested. Always store essential oils away from direct sunlight and high heat. Below are some ideas for how you can use tea tree oil as a natural mosquito repellent.
All-Purpose Insect Repellent
Start with a base of either unrefined coconut, jojoba, almond, or olive oil. Fill a container with 16 ounces of oil, then add one-eighth of an ounce each of tea tree, lavender, and citronella essential oils. Mix thoroughly, then combine with 16 ounces of vodka in a spray bottle. After shaking all ingredients together, spray on your skin. You can also spray this on clothing, bedding, and camping equipment or add just the oil mixture to your body wash or shampoo.
Organic Insect Repellent
Begin with a three-ounce glass spray bottle. Add one tablespoon of organic vegetable glycerin to the container. Add thirty drops of tea tree essential oil and ten drops of geranium essential oil. Fill the remainder of the bottle almost to the top with distilled water. Close the lid and shake vigorously. You can also add a small amount of organic vanilla extract to your spray to use on fabrics, around your home or tent, or just to enhance the scent of your spray. The vanilla enhances this spray’s effectiveness on flies. Use on skin, bedding, and anywhere you want to repel insects.
Natural Mosquito Lotion
Start with eight ounces of unrefined coconut oil. In a small bowl, combine twelve drops each of tea tree, lemongrass, and lavender essential oils along with ten drops each of citronella and eucalyptus essential oils. Once these are stirred together, mix the essential oils into the coconut oil using a spoon. You can also slightly heat the coconut oil first to make mixing easier, then allow it to cool and harden before applying. This cream works well on dry skin year round.