DIY :Natural Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe

Mosquitoes are a huge problem all over the world and it is the major cause of  of deaths every year. I still remember watching a TV channel listing of the top 5 organisms that are the major cause for human deaths, few years back. Mosquitoes easily topped that list, causing around 1 million deaths per year all around the world. In India we had lots of human deaths due to dengue recently.

Whenever I travel, I always take a bottle of mosquito repellent with me, but end up not using it because it is too strong for me. This homemade mosquito repellent has been proven to be very effective in a research done by Malaria Research Center in India. This homemade mosquito repellent has coconut oil, neem oil and essential oils. Neem oil is very effective in warding of mosquitoes.

What I like most about this blend apart from being cost effective is that it can be used by very young children too. This blend can also be used for months, without any side effects on the skin. To make this blend, mix virgin coconut oil with neem oil. Add few drops of either citronella, eucalyptus or clove essential oil to the mixture.

All these essential oils are good natural mosquito repellents. Pure neem oil has a strong, unpleasant smell so don’t use more than the mentioned amount. This mosquito repellent blend is especially effective in warding off mosquitoes that causes malaria. Next time you travel, just take this mixture with you and enjoy a mosquito free holiday!

Natural Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe

1. This is neem oil. It is an inexpensive oil, which is available everywhere now. I always have a small bottle of this oil at home and it keeps well for months together.

2. Take neem oil, virgin coconut oil and essential oil and mix the well.

3. Pour them into small glass bottles, that you can easily carry around. To use, take a little bit of the blend and apply all over the exposed skin.


  • This mosquito repellent keeps well for months.
  • It can be safely used for children too.
  • For best results, try to use best quality oils.



    March 27, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    Which type of essential oils should I use?

  2. ramya
    March 28, 2014 / 5:51 am

    I used eucalyptus essential oil, but you can try with citronella or clove essential oils too…

  3. Pavithra Chalamalasetti
    June 15, 2014 / 5:27 pm

    All the containers and bottles you display are extremely attractive. Out of curiosity where do get then from !

  4. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    June 16, 2014 / 7:14 am

    Hi Pavithra, Thanks a lot. I don't have any particular place. If I find something nice while traveling, I buy it for the blog 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    December 21, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    Which blog ramya

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 22, 2014 / 4:59 am

      For wildturmeric…:)

  6. Ken Kirshenbaum
    March 16, 2015 / 6:25 am

    How do you keep the coconut oil from solidifying?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 18, 2015 / 5:04 pm

      Hi Ken,As far as I know there is no way we can prevent coconut oil from solidifying during the cold winter months….

    • Andrew S.
      April 16, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      If the bottle travels in your pocket, your body heat should be plenty to keep the oil in liquid form.

  7. swatee joshi
    August 5, 2015 / 5:53 am

    from where i can get citronella, eucalyptus or clove essential oil ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 5, 2015 / 4:59 pm

      We get all these essentials oil in all the epartmental stores in India now. You can also order through….

  8. Deepa Songara
    October 31, 2015 / 8:03 am

    hello my name is vaibhav & i wants to ask that can i use normal clove oil that is used in dental pain as a essential oil for making this repellent with other ingredients ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 8, 2015 / 1:52 pm

      Yes, you can use it….

  9. Geetha
    May 8, 2016 / 10:28 am

    Madam your blog is very useful… Almost all natural remedies are found in your blog… My name is GeethaRanjith… May I know remedies for premature Grey hair problem…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      I would suggest the curry leaf hair oil from the blog for premature greying…

    • Nandini Jambhekar
      July 25, 2016 / 8:34 am

      Hi Ramya, thank you for all the information. I would like to know if instead of neem oil a mixture of lavender, lemon eucalyptus and citronella essential oils can be used with coconut oil as mosquito repellent. If yes, in what proportion. Also could you please recommend a reliable brand for essential oils.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 9, 2016 / 6:22 am

      Hi Nandini, I am very sorry for the late reply. You can use essential oil blends instead of neem oil as a mosquito repellent too. Try 25 drops of lemon eucalyptus oil, 7 drops of lavender and citronella. We get very few brands in our local town, I use aroma magic & satinanace essential oils, they are good. These are only 2 brands we get :(, but now I have started ordering online, I tried soulflower essntial oil last time, it was good too. If you don't mind the price you can try "rocky mountain essential oils" from, they are said to be very very good and was voted the best essential oil…

  10. Nandini Jambhekar
    September 5, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Hi Ramya, thank you for the information.I prepare mosquito repellent room spray solution with camphor tablets, essential oils – lavender, eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint etc in water). Could you tell me if it is necessary to add witch hazel and vodka to the solution and what role these two ingredients play. Thanks.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      Both witch hazel and vodka are natural repellents and they also prevent the base oils (if using) from turning rancid fast. But vodka has an odor, I would suggest trying with witch hazel…

    • Nandini Jambhekar
      November 6, 2016 / 3:06 am

      Thanks, Ramya, and God bless you for all your assistance. One more question: I place a spoonful of neem oil, one camphor tablet along with a spoonful of your above mosquito repellent blend (for smell) in a small plate in my 18'x12' bedroom. However, a couple of mosquitoes are always there in the night, which is bad enough. I feel the formula is right but quantity is less. Could you please tell me how much I should use for a room of that size? And also if I should place the liquid at the window or in more places in the room. Thanks.

    • Nandini Jambhekar
      November 23, 2016 / 6:54 am

      Hi Ramya, Your formulas are excellent. Have some queries:1. What is the advantage of using virginal coconut oil over ordinary coconut oil? 2. For the mosquito repellent lotion can I substitute coconut oil by any other oil having a lower freezing point?3. If I prepare the repellent spray mixture in a large quantity without adding water will it last longer? Whenever necessary I can take a part of the mixture, add water and use it for the spray. Is that feasible?

    • Nandini Jambhekar
      November 24, 2016 / 4:37 am

      Hi Ramya, 1) Understand that there are various combinations of essential oils that can be used. Like you have mentioned – 25 drops of lemon eucalyptus oil, 7 drops of lavender and citronella(each?). I would like to have some such combination formulas; and also if certain essential oils do not go well together. 2) Can I substitute camphor oil for camphor tablets and vice versa?3) As regards the problem of the repellent blend solidifying in cold weather, cant it be used in the solid state as a cream? Moreover, can I add the various essential oils and make a mosquito repellent cream as in Vicks?Sorry to be asking so many questions, but I find the subject very interesting and your replies are so convincing. If you are too tied up can you suggest any site where I can have authentic information like this?

  11. Romilda Gareth
    November 22, 2016 / 12:29 pm


  12. Ramya Thiagarajan
    June 30, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    Can dis blend be used in 6months baby

  13. Enndery Ashwin
    October 16, 2017 / 12:01 pm


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