How to Make a Folk Remedy Mosquito Repellent
On Friday, we released a blog talking about all the different things that our Lip Solutions can be used for. So today I wanted to show you how to make an easy mosquito repellent balm. The weather here in Utah is still wet and cold, but I am busy dreaming of going fishing and camping every weekend. Unfortunately, we have had a really wet winter which means the mosquitoes will be crazy this year.
Before we dive deep into the making of this product, there are some things that we need to discuss first. Bug repellents are considered a pesticide which is regulated by the EPA. If you are using ingredients like Citronella Oil, which is what I will be using today, it is considered a minimum risk pesticide. Meaning that it poses little to no risk to human health or the environment and does not need to be registered with the EPA. For more information on minimum risk, pesticides click here.
Some other examples of ingredients used in unregistered repellents are:
- Cedar Oil
- Geranium Oil
- Peppermint and Peppermint Oil
- Soybean Oil
Before making your own products, it is always a good idea to do some research. Before I started writing this blog, I didn’t even think about this being regulated by the EPA. I learn something new every day! Another thing to keep in mind is the potential risks, and those risks are different for everyone. For some reason, mosquitoes are just drawn to me and yet, my husband rarely ever gets mosquito bites. I like to tell him it is because he’s gross. 😉
If you are going to be out in your yard working in the garden, then I think this Folk Remedy Mosquito Repellent would be great. However, if you are going to be in some more wet areas where biting bugs are more likely, and there is a threat of disease then you definitely want to use a commercial grade insect repellent. This balm turned out to have a very light scent. I think it will still work great but if mosquitoes are horrible in your area, you may want to add more. I made up some samples and gave them to the ladies in the warehouse to try out. One lady said she was going to try rubbing it on her horses’ ears to keep the bugs away. Great idea! With that being said, let’s dive in.
Collect Items Needed:
Shea Butter Lip Solutions
Citronella Essential Oil
Microwave Safe Container
Recipe in Grams
284.62 grams Shea Butter Lip Solutions
1.14 grams Citronella Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
10.08 ounces Shea Butter Lip Solutions ( 1 – 0.63 lbs jar)
0.04 ounces Citronella Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
99.6% Shea Butter Lip Solutions
0.4% Citronella Essential Oil
The recipe is super easy to make. Just pop your Lip Solutions in the microwave and heat until melted. Then add the Citronella Oil and mix well. I decided to put this in our 0.75 oz Tins. It is the perfect size to put in your pocket and take on the go. If you make this recipe let me know what you think and if it works for you. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!