From sleepless nights to rashes to deadly diseases like malaria and dengue fever, mosquito bites can give you all this and more. There are many options that are available in the market and one of them is repellents. Of course, for some they work very well, but there are many who end up with skin problems after using mosquito repellants.
But what makes these repellents so strong on your skin? Well, it’s that chemical that’s used in them, and that’s DEET. DEET stands for N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, which is an insect repellant. Using this in small amounts is not that much of a problem, but according to experts and studies, if used in large amounts, it can lead to skin problems like skin irritation, blisters, etc.
The scariest factor is that this chemical is also neurotoxic, meaning it can also have long-term nervous system implications. It can cause headaches and even memory loss, and all this is confirmed by a study published in the toxicology journal.
Are you thinking of opting for other options? Unfortunately, they don’t have a very positive impact on your health either. So what’s next? Well, we suggest taking a holistic way. How is that? Everyone must have heard of essential oils and their beneficial properties for health and wellness. Of all the benefits, they have another property that makes them perfect for you and your skin and that is that essential oils act as a natural mosquito repellent.
Dr. Monica Kapoor, celebrity cosmologist and director of the FLAWLESS cosmetic clinic and the ILACAD Institute, tells us all the essential oils you can use to ward off mosquitoes.
Dr. Kapoor Recommends These 6 Essential Oils to Reduce Mosquito Bites
- lavender oil – Lavender oil is obtained by distillation of the spikes of lavender flowers. It has positive effects according to aromatherapy. Its healing properties help prevent and soothe insect bites and stings. The distinctive lavender scent can be used like a mothball to keep mosquitoes and bugs away. These healing properties of lavender are suitable for both preventing mosquitoes and soothing insect bites and stings.
- peppermint oil – Peppermint has mosquito repelling benefits as the oil has a strong repellent action against adult mosquitoes when applied to human skin. When diffused, peppermint oil can help keep mosquitoes away and prevent mosquito bites. The refreshing fragrance of mint and its cooling sensation can also provide relief and relieve itchiness from mosquito bites.
- tea tree oil – Tea tree oil is obtained from the leaves of the tea tree. Its strong and distinctive aroma contains terpenes that repel mosquitoes from the skin. It can also soothe bites from mosquitoes and itchy insects.
- sage oil – “This oil has strong repellent properties, especially against the tiger mosquito. Help deter mosquitoes from entering the home and prevent unwanted mosquito bites by putting the oil in a diffuser. It has a particular fragrance and mosquitoes are repelled by its smell,” suggests Dr. Kapoor.
- citronella oil – Citronella oil is obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of lemongrass. It is used as a natural insect repellent. Citronella oil is effective against mosquitoes and other flying insects. May cause allergic reactions to those with sensitive skin if used directly on bare skin.
- Rosemary oil – “Rosemary oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowering tops of the plant. It is widely used as a culinary herb. However, rosemary oil has been shown to be an effective repellent. The herb should only be taken in small doses. Patients with high blood pressure should also avoid taking rosemary as a supplement,” recommends Dr. Kapoor.
There you go ladies, now the ball is in your court. So what would you like to choose, mosquito repellent or essential oil?