5 Essential Oils for Dengue and Mosquito Bites
Tragically, Dengue has claimed the lives of 622 Filipinos so far this year, with nearly 150,000 dengue infections reported to July 26, 2019. It’s alarming to see that up to 5,000 new dengue cases are reported each week and children are the hardest hit.
Preventing Dengue Naturally with Essential Oils
Dengue is caused by a mosquito bite. So, the best way to fight dengue fever and protect yourself and your family is to keep the mosquitoes away! There are a lot of products out there that promise to help you protect your family against mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they bring. The question is, are they really effective and safe?
We know that when it comes to your family, you want only the safest and natural solution. So here are the best essential oils that are well known for keeping mosquitoes away from you, your loved ones, and your home.
Essential Oils That Act As A Mosquito Repellent
1. doTERRA TERRASHIELD
doTERRA’s TerraShield Outdoor Blend contains powerful essential oils and other plant oils known to provide outdoor protection in a natural, safe way. This scientifically designed blend of essential oils including Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae, Nootka, and Vanilla Bean Absolute—all of which possess specific chemical compounds known to protect against environmental annoyances. TerraShield Outdoor Blend is a powerful yet safe formula that can be used by every member of the family, outdoors and throughout the home.
Choose from 30ml spray (already diluted with fractionated coconut oil and ready to apply) or full strength 15ml bottle, which is ideal for your diffuser and creating your own mosquito repelling roller balls or spray bottle.
SPECIAL: TerraShield Outdoor Spray (30ml)
A convenient, ready to go spray that already contains coconut oil so it’s safe to apply directly to yourself and your kids. For extra protection you can spray this blend also on your shoes, pants and skin.
2. LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL
Lemongrass essential oil is well known for it’s insecticidal properties that repel mosquitoes and other insects. The effectiveness of lemongrass as a mosquito repellent has been the subject of a many studies. In a 2015 study, researchers found that a combination of lemongrass essential oil and olive oil provided 98.8% protection against the southern house mosquito.
Other research found that topical application of Lemongrass essential oil provided 74–95% protection for 2.5 hours against two types of mosquito during a field study. If you don’t already have lemongrass in your medicine cabinet for other reasons (such as pain relief), I’d definitely recommend adding this powerful oil to your collection.
3. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Peppermint essential oil is another natural deterrent against mosquitoes. The major chemical compounds found in peppermint oil include terpene, alcohol and menthol. Menthol, the chemical that produces that familiar minty aroma that we all love, is a natural mosquito repellent.
A recent research study investigated the effectiveness of peppermint essential oil – menthol against mosquitoes in particular. The study concluded that menthol is as effective at repelling mosquitoes as DEET. You can read this study here.
This study conducted in India concluded, “The Peppermint essential oil is proved to be efficient larvicide and repellent against dengue vector. Further studies are needed to identify the possible role of oil as adulticide, oviposition deterrent and ovicidal agent. The isolation of active ingredient from the oil could help in formulating strategies for mosquito control.” Read more.
4. LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender is well known for its ability to soothe the skin, calm the nerves and promoted a feeling of serenity but did you know that it is effective at repelling moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes. Although people love the smell of Lavender, mosquitoes, flies and other unwanted insects hate it. You can safely use Lavender essential oil on the whole family, as it is very gentle on the skin.
5. EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
Distilled from the dried leaves of the eucalyptus tree, this essential oil has a strong woody and sweet smell that is believed to confuse a mosquito’s sense of direction and taste. This prevents the mosquito from locating and attacking you.
Eucalyptus essential oil is used widely throughout the world to repel mosquitos. The natural repellent has a certification from The Centre of Disease Control and Prevention that it is an effective ingredient in mosquito repellent. Eucalyptus essential oil contains p-menthane-diol, a plant compound that has been proven to be more effective in repelling mosquitos
How to Use Essential Oil to Prevent Mosquitoes
- Diffuse a combination of mosquito repelling essential oils in a diffuser in your home and car.
- Place essential oil on cotton balls and place around the house. It is very important to use enough of the essential oil to repel the insects. The stronger the smell the better. Apply at least 5 drops of essential oil to each cotton ball.
- Place the essential oil in clay diffusers in areas where insects gain access to the inside of your home. It’s important for them to detect the smell before entry.
- Make a natural insect repellent spray and use whenever you go outside.
- Create an essential oil insect repellent roller bottle to easily apply to skin whenever you are outdoors.
- Make a room spray and spray on floorboards or entry points around the home. All you need is one small spray bottle, 15mls of peppermint oil, 15mls of water. Pour oil and water into bottle and shake well.
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*These products have not been approved by the FDA or TGA and are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease. Please seek advice of a trained health care professional where appropriate, especially if pregnant or breastfeeding. The limited information found on this website is for informational purposes only. You should never rely solely on the information found here and if you have any health condition or illness always seek out the advice of a trained professional.