Naturally when you live in the tropics there are going to be insects.

And I’m one of those people that the mosquitoes love to bite. It drives me crazy sometimes.

Especially when Greg doesn’t get a single bite and I get a bunch!

I do not like spraying chemically infested mosquito repellent on daily that isn’t natural. So I decided to make my own.

Sometimes when you are traveling it’s hard to find the ingredients you need. In the small town where we are staying in Mexico, it is equally so.

The hardest thing to find were the essential oils but I found some. I found both at small health food stores.

citronella and lavender oil

Here’s my homemade mosquito repellent recipe:

What you will need: A small spray bottle preferably dark colored to keep the solution away from bright sunlight which helps to preserve it.

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Boiled Water
2 Tablespoons Vodka
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
30 drops of Citronella Essential Oil
15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Here are the steps:

Gather your tools and ingredients.

mosquito repellant ingredientsBoil some water.

boil water

Add all the ingredients into the bottle one at a time. Shake the bottle between adding each ingredient.

Next, shake, spray on and smell the nice aroma of citronella and lavender.

spray mosquito repellant

I make this in small batches so it doesn’t get rancid.

I’ve read you have to reapply every few hours to keep it active.

So far it’s working great for me!