Mosquitoes and I have 1 thing in common. We both hate the smell of citronella.
This common ingredient in mosquito repellent sprays always makes me feel like I’m bathing in overripe lemons. At the same time citrus scents are said to have an energizing effect. Not ideal if you want to doze off into a relaxing, mosquito free night.
Luckily mosquitoes hate another scent as well. Lavender.
The scent of lavender is also said to have a calming, relaxing effect. Perfect if you want sweet mosquito free dreams!
Ever since I started using this homemade bug repellent spray I haven’t been stung once. And I’ve had some of the best deep sleep nights of my life!
At night I keep those pesky mosquitoes away by spraying this mixture liberally on my sheets, pillow and on my body.
What you’ll need:
Lavender blossom water or witch hazel
Lavender essential oil
1. Fill your spray bottle with the lavender blossom water
You can find this in (health) stores near other blossom waters like rose water or witch hazel. If you can’t find it, try witch hazel as a base instead.
2. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the spraying bottle
I added 6 drops to about 40 ml (1,35 oz) of blossom water. If you’re using witch hazel you might have to add a few more drops to really bring out that lavender scent.
Blossom water preserves best if kept away from light. Use a tinted spray bottle if you have one. Or put the spray bottle away in a drawer or cupboard right after you use it, like I do.
3. Now, spray away!
Every night, right before I go to sleep, I cover my sheets, pillow and body with a misting of this spray. I avoid my face, just because my face is supersensitive to pretty much everything.
Feel free to also use this spray during the day. It actually makes a really nice scented body mist!