Mosquitoes LOVE to feast on me. I can sit outside on my patio and get nailed 10 times within a few minutes by what seems to be a flock of mosquitoes, this while everyone else in the vicinity remains unscathed. When I’m out in the woods if I do not sleep with heavy repellent on, usually combined with a head net of some sort, I’ll be dominated all night long by the little creatures. I once woke up with a lower lip the size of a baseball, must have gotten bitten by the godzilla of mosquitoes.
Realizing that my flesh is very appealing to mosquitoes I have an arsenal of repellent stockpiled away just in case T-SHTF and commercially available supplies run low. However at some point the need could arise to manufacture my own secret sauce, and admittedly I’ve been ignorant on the topic until now. As such I thought to do some poking around the web and assemble a collection of some of the most popular homemade mosquito repellent recipes which do not need to be approved by some sort of government entity. Feel free to add your own in the comment section!
From Guru to the Outdoors
1/2 litre of alcohol
100 gram of whole cloves
100 ml of baby oil or similar (almond, sesame, chamomile, lavender, fennel etc)
Leave cloves to marinate in alcohol four days
Stir every morning and evening
After 4 days add the oil
It’s now ready to use.
From Lexie’s Kitchen
1-1/2 tablespoons WATER
1 teaspoon CASTOR OIL
8 drops ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL
8 drops LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL
4 drops GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL
Add all ingredients to a 2 ounce amber spray bottle, shake vigorously and spray.
***Be sure to shake well before each use.***
Sometimes I double the recipe and use a larger spray bottle, but lately have been mixing up three bottles at a time of the 2 ounce size and keeping them by the front door, back door, and in the car.
Ingredients: Minced garlic, mineral oil, and lemon juice
Mince a few cloves of garlic then cover with mineral oil. Allow it to sit for at least 24 hours. Next you take a teaspoon of *just the oil* and mix it with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Strain through a cheesecloth if you have any floaties then pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use.
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