Are there natural mosquito repellents?  Now that it is summertime, you are likely wishing there was a way to ward off mosquitos naturally.  Over the years, there have been many approaches to dealing with the annoying, and even deadly, mosquito.  Many of those approaches have involved the use of chemicals that unfortunately, turned out to be less than fantastic for human health.

The bad news is that there are mosquitos out there with a taste for human blood.  The good news is there are natural ways to keep these tiny vampires at bay.  Let’s take a look at how you can naturally keep mosquitos off of you year-round.

DEET and Your Health
Many common mosquito repellants use DEET.  DEET was developed for the US Army during WWII and was intended to be used for jungle warfare.  DEET may be effective, but it is actually a pesticide that we put on our bodies and that gets directly into our bloodstreams.  The word "DEET" stands for N,N-diethyl-metatoluamide (also known as N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) However, considering that there are natural options that also work, isn’t the best move to side with caution and use a chemical-free approach?

It is important to point out that DEET is used by millions of people without any obvious problems, but the EPA has also noted that DEET toxicity can occur.  Moreover the EPA has warned that DEET seizures and death have occurred in the past.  DEET may also have negative effects on wildlife, such as fish.

Studies have examined animals that have been exposed to DEET.  They have been shown to have issues with neuro-behavioural tasks and even muscle coordination!  At this point, products with DEET are required to have warning stickers on them cautioning people not to apply over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin or allow children to use DEET.

Natural Alternatives to DEET-Lemon Oil and Eucalyptus Oil
So what are the natural alternatives to DEET?  Nature has provided several natural alternatives to DEET that can work very well.  One alternative is lemon oil and another is eucalyptus oil.  Mosquitos don’t like these two oils and will often go the other way if they are present.

Natural Alternatives to DEET-Tree Tree Oil
Another oil to ward off mosquitos naturally is tea tree oil.  Tea tree oil is highly effective at warding off the average mosquito, and it is also a powerful antiseptic.  You can even find organic tea tree oil.  Another great thing about tea tree oil is that you can apply it on plants and pets that need to be protected from pests.  However, one has to use caution when using tea tree oil, as it is very powerful and using too much can cause severe skin irritation.