Natural Mosquito Repellent (that actually works here in Haiti!)

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Obviously, mosquito's are a problem here. Beyond the discomfort of the bite itself, they carry all kind of nastiness. I shudder to remember the dreaded Chikungunya virus of last year...not to mention dengue fever, malaria, etc.

With that said, insect repellents everyday aren't exactly a great health option either.

Hmm...do I want to give my kids cancer or let them get malaria? Quite the toss up, eh.


Needless to say, I did my research on more natural mosquito repellents to use this time around and played around with a few concoctions before settling on one that I am thrilled to report is working amazing!



I've had several people asking me about the recipe, so I thought I'd post it on here.

Here's my now tested and tried favorite natural mosquito repellent recipe:


  • 2oz witch hazel
  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops Citronella essential oil


I pour the witch hazel in a little sprayer bottle (I found mine in the travel section at Target) and then add the oils and shake it all up.

I apply it on myself and the kids once in the morning and then sometimes I'll reapply if I know we are going to be out at dusk...aka: mosquito feeding frenzy time.

I'll also diffuse it in our room at night before bedtime (minus the witch hazel) and it works amazing!

Here's the thing...it smells and feels great going on! Nothing is greasy and nothing burns my kids skin...and I have one kiddo with major sensory issues who ALWAYS cried about applying bug spray in the past.

There ya go...watch those pesky little blood suckers run away in terror.

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3 comments:

Tasha Via said...

Look at you! #crunchy Glad it works:)

I'm curious with your 2 drops of Lemon oil to 2oz of witch hazel...have you notice any photosensitivity? I am making a spray for a friend traveling to Haiti next week and that's the only thing I'd be concerned with.

Does the Repel 100 Insect Repellent have a good effect, cause at the next week i went to the tour and want to buy the good repellent agains mosquitos.