If the look of this photo makes you cringe, you’re not alone. With over 2,500 species found in almost every country in the world (except Antartica), mosquitoes get the top prize of being one of all time worst pests. In addition, to the annoyance, allergic reaction of swelling and itching, and the fact that they can carry and transmit disease, mosquitoes in swarms can have a psychological effect on a person’s well-being while being under attack. Although Deet is commercially the pesticide of choice for deterring biting insects, there is an alternative natural recipe which does not contain pesticides known to cause human health issues.
At Riverstone Naturals, our family has personally used this recipe for many years to not only protect ourselves and our children from mosquitoes but also ticks, sand flys (no-see-ums), horse flies, black flies, fleas, and some spiders. In addition to being a deterrent, this essential oil blend can also be used to cleanse and soothe insect bites, cuts, and scrapes. It is safe to use on the entire family (including pets) with NO DEET, NO tar, NO synthetic perfumes and NO insecticides.
In a 15 ml essential oil bottle combine:
Lemongrass Essential Oil – 15 drops
Lavender Essential Oil – 15 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil – 4 drops
Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil – 3 drops
Myrtle Essential Oil – 3 drops
Top up remainder of bottle with Grape Seed Oil.
Application and Usage:
Adults, Children (2+ years of age): Apply 5-10 drops to the palm of your hand. Rub hands together then rub your face, neck, arms and other exposed skin. Re-apply as needed (typically 3-4 hours)
Babies (under the age of 2): ALWAYS perform a skin patch test before applying to entire body. If a sensitivity is noted by the application area becoming red, itchy or hot, dilute area with Virgin Coconut Oil or Virgin Olive Oil to provide relief and dab off oil with soft, dry cloth. If no sensitivity is noted, apply in the same manner as adult but dilute with additional grapeseed oil or coconut oil to the application area.
Pets: Apply 5-10 drops to the palm of your hand. Rub hands together then rub hands over pet to apply.
Please note: A little goes a long way – A few drops per arm or leg is all that is required. Each bottle contains 300 drops. Two bottles is typically enough for a full season.
NEVER place IN ear canal, nose or eyes. Never rinse the oil with water to remove as this will only spread the oil further. Use a carrier oil such as Virgin Coconut Oil or Virgin Olive Oil to dab off the excess essential oil. Always perform a skin patch test for sensitivities before applying to entire body. If a sensitivity is noted by the application area becoming red, itchy or hot, dilute area with Virgin Coconut Oil or Virgin Olive Oil to provide relief and dab off oil with soft, dry cloth.
Description of Ingredients:
Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera common grape vine) – Grape seed oil is a light and odourless natural oil. It is nourishing and easily absorbed into the skin. It has some astringent qualities and is good for oily and acne prone skin. Grape seed oil an ideal base to which essential oils can be added and is good for all skin types.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) has a light, fresh, citrus aroma with earthy undertones. Refreshing, rejuvenating, stimulating, and balancing, it inspires and improves mental clarity. It is antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, regenerates connective tissues and ligaments, dilates blood vessels, improves circulation and promotes lymph flow. Lemongrass also supports the circulatory system*. Research was published in the Phytotherapy Research Journal regarding the powerful properties of topically applied lemongrass.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT cineol) has a fresh, herbaceous, sweet, slightly medicinal aroma. An energizing oil, it may be beneficial for helping to restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue. Rosemary is antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, antifungal, stimulant, and improves skin elasticity.*
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is highly regarded for its wide range of uses. It supports the immune system and is beneficial for the skin. Commonly known as Tea Tree Oil. Melaleuca has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory action. It can be used for fungal infections, sinus/lung infections, tooth/gum disease, water retention/hypertension, and skin conditions (acne, sores).*
Lavender Flowers (Lavandula angustifolia) Lavender is native to southern France and the Canary Islands. Its a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae), with its silvery foliage and tall purple flowers, this herb is an attractive addition to any perennial bed. Its characteristic scent is stored in oil glands embedded among its flowers, leaves and stems, and the result is a plant that has served people functionally, therapeutically, as well as aesthetically. This herb is soothing, calming and healing for delicate and sensitive skins.
Myrtle (Myrtus communis) has a clear, fresh, herbaceous scent, similar to eucalyptus. Supportive of the respiratory system, skin, and hair, it has been researched for its effects on glandular imbalances* and its soothing effects when inhaled. It is also helpful for meditation and lifting the spirit.
*The information on this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Essential oils should NEVER be used internally or undiluted. Always perform a skin patch test for sensitivities before applying to entire body.