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.
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
Things That You Need:
• coconut oil- ½ cup
• citriodora oil– 1 tsp
• 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.
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
• 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 sheabutter 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.
• 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.