Using Lavender to Repel Mosquitoes
Lavender is a flowering, fragrant herb that belongs to the mint family Lamiacea. Lavenders are native to the Mediterranean region and southeast regions of India. The oil extracted from the blue-violet flowers can be used as a natural repellent against pesky mosquitoes.
Lavender Oil vs. Other Repellents
Unlike some oils that are used to ward off insects, lavender oil isn't burned in candle form or sprayed as an aerosol. While it is possible to distribute the oil this way, the best results come when the plant's oil is applied topically to the skin. While having the oil directly on your skin makes it more effective, if you're not someone who likes the feel of topical repellents on your body, then this may not be the ideal solution for you.
The advantage of using lavender oil over other chemical repellents is that it is completely natural. It also nourishes the skin with no side-effects - unlike other synthetic repellents. Moreover, the aroma is also pleasant when compared to the strong-smelling mosquito repellent creams.
As an added bonus, the scent of lavender oil also acts as a relaxant and encourages sleep. So, if you're camping or hiking outdoors, it's nice to know that your chosen method for avoiding mosquito bites can also help you get to sleep earlier and be well rested for the next day's outdoor activities.
How to Use Lavender As a Repellent
To stay safe from mosquitoes, you can directly apply the oil to the ankles, wrist, or feet. The mode of application is similar to that of a perfume. For more sensitive skin, mix the lavender oil with aqueous cream and then apply to the desired parts of the body.
However, there are other means of using the plant oils to repel pests that have varying levels of effectiveness. Some of these methods will likely benefit you in a home setting, whereas the topical application is more ideal when you anticipate intense outdoor exposure.
Mixing lavender oil with citronella and eucalyptus oils and then spraying this mixture is an effective means to repel mosquitoes.
If you are in the mood for a more advanced project, you could also use the oils to make candles which will also keep insects away when burned.
This herb can also be planted in your garden, as it keeps the surrounding areas of the house free from mosquitoes and other unwanted insects.