Essential Oils for Mosquito Bites
“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.”
This is something we try to be conscious about as we raise our child. We always aim to provide an opportunity to play and as much as possible outdoors. Adults and children are both in a wonderful environment when they are able to explore in the wild.
These days though, some parents would be quite hesitant to take their kids into the outdoors because of different viral illnesses and the possibility of insect bites, particularly the notorious mosquito bites. And for the longest time most of us were confident about grabbing any bottle of insect repellant from the drugstore or supermarket. Then a certain ingredient had mixed reviews about its harmful effects on us, making us a little hesitant on what should be used to effectively and safely repel those mosquitoes.
We won’t be dwelling on that ingredient but we’ll focus more on the other options we can use for effectively repelling those bites and how to deal with them just in case.
Covering up can be a practical and easier way to prevent those bites but it’s not always applicable especially for warm weather locations and some blood types are really more attractive to these mosquitoes.
Insect repellant stickers or patches can be used to repel insects as we can place them on their clothes and avoid any skin contact. We just need to keep an eye on these patches in case our kids are in the stage of putting everything they see into their mouth.
Using essential oils is great to use for us to be able to control and know exactly what’s in the insect repellant.
Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil has a sweet, citrusy scent which is easy to the nose but able to repel bugs and mosquitoes effectively.
Lavender is more commonly used for its calming properties but it definitely packs a punch to those pesky mosquitoes and other insects.
Citronella plant is well known to effectively deter insects because of its citrus yet strong scent. It has been registered as a gentle plant-based insect repellant back in the 1940s because of its effectiveness to repel a certain type of mosquito back then. The Citronella essential oil can be used for homemade insect repellant. It can even also be used to create a number of other household items because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Most of us love the scent of Peppermint because of its refreshing and minty scent. But contrary to that, insects are repelled by its scent. This essential oil can be of double use for repelling insects and at the same time relieve itchiness.
Clove essential oil is used for the relief of toothaches. It can also be used to repel mosquito bites but it is important to remember that it should be diluted because of some having skin reactions to clove essential oil.
Don’t we just love Basil in enhancing the flavors of our dishes? But little did we know that Basil also has the capabilities to repel insects. Mosquitoes are sure to stay far away from anything with this scent.
Since we don’t like mosquitoes to hang around, using Thyme essential oil is an effective and natural way of keeping these insects away from us and our children.
Tea Tree essential oil is a great essential oil because not only does it address repelling the insects, it also helps in removing those marks in case of any bites.
Avoiding mosquito season or mosquito prone areas is also something to take note of when planning trips to the outdoors. Normally this is the rainy season as there are tendencies for water to become stagnant become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Ensure that the area is clean and free from any outdoor furniture or supplies that may contain mosquito larvae and likely to have mosquitoes lurking around the area.
By doing these simple precautions, we can ensure to have a fun, memorable trip to the outdoors. As parents we are able to focus more on guiding our children with the new discoveries around them than worrying about the environment they are in. This gives our children a chance to see the things they read from books and finally make sense of them as they identify them in the wild.