Mosquitoes have always carried diseases, but now disease-carrying mosquitoes are really being hyped in the U.S. We think it’s probably a good thing to take precautions as we always have ever since we can remember. If nothing else, it is really difficult to go to sleep in the summertime when you have a lot of itchy mosquito bites all over your body.
So we try to avoid mosquito bites pretty much whenever we can and we also don’t like using too much of the chemical repellents. In the past, we have tried bracelets that emit a particular pitch which mosquitoes stay away from. We think they worked, oddly enough. We also use citronella candles when camping or just being out in our backyard for an extended period of time.
This year, we wanted to get a concoction of essential oils that would make mosquitoes not like how we smell. We found a mixture of oils that’s supposed to repel mosquitoes called Insect Shield by Plant Therapy.
This product is a mixture of citronella, eucalyptus, cedarwood, lemongrass, lavender, litsea, tea tree, patchouli, and catnip oils. It sounds pretty ominous, but sadly, our mom said it doesn’t work as well as she had hoped. She said that if you’re out in the open and not in a really infested area, it works well, but if you’re working in really bushy areas that are home to mosquitoes, they’ll still bite you. In fact, she thinks that just plain lavender oil works better for her.
Anyway, this oil isn’t just for mosquitoes. It is also supposed to keep black biting flies away and these flies were a real problem last year when we went to the beach. When we go to the beach again this year, at least we’ll have something new to try if the flies show up again. All the commercial DEET products did not faze the flies one bit.
Anyway, I’ve never used the Insect Shield oil, but on a scale from one to ten, our mom would rate the idea a 10, but the actual effectiveness of the product a 4 – at least in our yard. Perhaps we have very aggressive mosquitoes. She also doesn’t really enjoy smelling like a citronella candle and thinks you have to use quite a lot of oil to cover all exposed areas and that gets very expensive very fast. Still, if you aren’t out too much and you want a natural insect repellent, you may want to give this oil a try.
To use, you can put some unscented lotion in the palm of your hand and add several drops of the oil to mix with the lotion. Then apply to your skin.