Find out in the video above how to make your own natural mosquito repellents with Molly, owner of Casa Divina Lodge, Mindo, Ecuador:
“It’s something very easy. A friend showed me and within two minutes I knew how to make it. It’s a mixture of essential oils, so, the most difficult is to get the oils but they are very concentrated, you only use a little bit, so that means that a glass or a bottle of the oil lasts you long time because you mix it with water (400mL in our case).
First I have the essential oil of lemongrass, eucalyptus and lavender, and I have my recipient already filled with water. First, as it is based on lemongrass I start with the lemongrass with more or less 40 drops. The essential oils are highly concentrated, you have to be careful don’t drop them on your fingers or on the furniture because they are very stong, they have much power and that’s why they work as a repellent. Then you put the eucalyptus oil, I only put 8 drops and at last I have the lavender which gives a nice smell to the repellent. It is not necessary for insect protection but it’s a special touch. I also put 8 drops.
So, now I’ve got my mixture. It doesn’t look much but it’s something quite strong. I put the sprayer and always before applying it I shake it in order to mix the oil together with the water. And now I have my protection against mosquitos. If you apply without shaking before you only apply the water. You shake it, apply it and later apply it again because as it is a natural product. It lasts around 30 minutes and then you would have to apply it again to make it last longer.“
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