As a mom, you always have one million things to do, and summers are especially busy. What with the kids being home from school, all the activities going on, and vacations to get ready for, I know I'm always on the go. So it's nice now and then to sit down and relax outside - until you get bombarded by a horde of mosquitos. So what's a busy mom to do to get some peace and quiet without all the mosquitoes vying for my attention? Essential oils are a great solution to the mosquito problem and one that's non-toxic to your kids as well.
Of the oils used commercially, the most well known for its repellent properties is citronella essential oil. As with most essential oils, it has been controversial in whether it is effective or not though. There have been a few studies that have suggested that citronella oil needs to be better prepared and packaged for its effects to be truly repellant of mosquitoes. (1)
Even so, citronella oil continues to be a significant presence in the natural mosquito repellent section - but there are others that are being proven to be just as effective, if not more so. Here is an essential oils mosquito repellent guide you can use to keep your yard mosquito-free and relaxing.
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