Many of us look forward to the summer and all that it brings to our life. We spend all winter long wishing that we were outside and when the warm weather breaks, we head to the great outdoors with our family and friends for some rest and relaxation. Unfortunately, there are some unwanted guest that typically go along with us; mosquitoes.
The female mosquito bites humans to get a little bit of blood so she can produce her eggs. They also leave a little something behind, which is what causes the annoying reaction. The problem is, mosquitoes are not only known for their buzzing and biting, they can also carry some very serious diseases. Included in this list are the West Nile virus, Dengue Fever, the Zika Virus and even Malaria!
For as long as people have been bitten by mosquitoes, they have been looking for a way to keep them from biting any longer. Citronella candles were very popular at one time but according to research, they don’t really do much good. Bug zappers are also used but they are not good for the ecosystem. After all, they kill a few mosquitoes but they kill many more helpful bugs.
As they say, necessity is the mother of invention and this little invention is something that you are going to love all summer long. It’s completely natural and you can use it as a scented candle that will make your evening smell pleasant and get rid of mosquitoes at the same time. It doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, such as DEET, it only contains natural items and you can put it together yourself.
The ingredients that are included in these homemade candles are known for being the most effective at keeping mosquitoes away. The basis for the candles are eucalyptus oil and lemon but there are also other ingredients as well.
Gather the following:
1 floating candle
A pair of rosemary twigs
5 slices of lime
7-10 drops of eucalyptus oil infused with lemon
slices of lemon
You can find lemon at your local grocery store and eucalyptus oil can be purchased at most pharmacies or health food stores. You can also purchase quality eucalyptus oil online.
Combine all of the ingredients in a glass Mason jar and then put a candle on top. If you want to be a little bit more creative, you can paint the Mason jar but it certainly isn’t necessary to have an effective product.
Not only will this be something interesting to talk about at your next family barbecue, it will work great at keeping the mosquitoes away. Make sure that you mention the fact that they haven’t been swatting mosquitoes all night long and they will appreciate your efforts.
In addition to eucalyptus oil, you can also try a variety of other oils or simply add them in so that it smells even better. Here are a few that you can try:
Lavender oil, vanilla extract, and lemon juice
Castor oil, cinnamon oil, Eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, and witch hazel
Neem oil and organic liquid soap
Follow this recipe closely and do your research on other essential oils. You should also be cautious when mixing any extra ingredients so that you don’t do anything unsafe. If you’re going to apply them on the skin, make sure you dilute them with a carrier oil first so you don’t irritate your skin.
Have a great summer!