Maddening Mozzies

‘If you think you’re too small to make a difference,
try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito’.

African proverb.*

There are still lots of those buzzing little critters out there so here are a few things you can do to keep them away or if you are bitten, you can help to alleviate the sting.

mosquito8698229To deter them try using an oil burner with a good combination of essential oils such as:

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Thyme
  • 5 drops Lemongrass
  • 15 drops Citronella
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus

If you want to use this blend to rub on your skin, you must first dilute it with a good carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil.  To 20ml of carrier oil add 5 drops of the essential oil blend shown above. Halve this amount for children over 3. Don’t use essential oils, even diluted, on children under 3.

Lavender essential oil is very soothing when applied to a sting but always make sure your essential oil is diluted before using it on your body.

* A variation of the proverb has also been attributed to the Dalai Lama.