There can be nothing as irritating as the stinging of mosquitoes! And to keep yourself free from itch, perhaps you find the store-bought bug repellents the most convenient option. However, if you want to steer clear from the harmful chemicals contained in store-bought bug repellent creams and balms, go natural with coconut oil that can be used effectively to keep bugs away.

Coconut Oil As Mosquito Repellent

BENEFITS OF USING COCONUT OIL AS A MOSQUITO REPELLENT

  • Application of coconut oil makes the surface of your skin so slippery that mosquitoes find it difficult to land on it.
  • Coconut oil is non-toxic and absolutely safe.
  • Coconut oil is not phototoxic, which is why, you can move out in the sun post application and your skin won’t be damaged.
  • Adding essential oils to coconut oil would make an effective bug balm that would never betray you!

COCONUT OIL MOSQUITO REPELLENT

#Recipe 1

Things That You Need:

  • coconut oil- ½ cup
  • citriodora oil- 1 tsp

Method:

  • Heat the coconut oil on low flame in order to melt it.
  • Remove it from heat and allow it to cool down.
  • Add citriodora oil to it and mix well.
  • Apply on skin and use it as a rub-on bug repellent.

#Recipe 2

Things That You Need:

  • Coconut oil- 1/2 cup
  • Shea butter- 1/4 cup
  • Beeswax granules- 8 teaspoon
  • Lemongrass essential oil- 15 drops
  • Rosemary essential oil- 15 drops
  • Cederwood essential oil- 15 drops
  • Eucalyptus essential oil- 15 drops
  • Citronella essential oil- 25 drops

Method:

  • Boil water in a double boiler.
  • Add coconut oil and shea butter and whisk them together as they melt down.
  • Add beeswax and keep stirring to mix it with the coconut oil-shea butter blend.
  • Dip the back of a metal spoon into the mixture and test if you are satisfied with the consistency and texture.
  • If you want the texture to be softer, add some more shea butter to it. If you want it firmer, add more of beeswax.
  • Once you are satisfied with the texture, remove the pan from heat and allow the mixture to cool down for 5 minutes.
  • Now add the essential oils one by one and whisk to mix all the ingredients.
  • Store your bug balm in a glass jar and apply whenever needed.

ADDITIONAL TIPS-

  • You may use peppermint oil and tea tree oil too along with coconut oil to make your natural bug repellent.
  • It takes longer for coconut oil to be absorbed into the skin. So, be patient.
  • Patch test is recommended as essential oils are being used.