tea tree oil as a mosquito repellent after seeing a few sites that listed it for that purpose. I mixed pharmaceutical strength tea tree oil with aloe vera gel, which is listed as a good carrier oil. It smelled wonderful!
I rubbed the mixture all over my skin, eager to test it out. The mosquitoes are pretty voracious in Minnesota during June and July, so I knew it'd be a good time to test it. I even waited until the early evening, in order to achieve maximum results.
For the first few minutes, the tea tree oil worked very well. The mosquitoes hovered, but they didn't land.
But then the aloe vera dried.
Once that happened, the tea tree oil lost its pungency, at which point...
I came back inside with a nice, large collection of mosquito bites, and spent the night itching like crazy!
You would think that I'd have given up on tea tree oil after such a failure, but I can be a bit stubborn. In this case, I believe the problem had to do with my aloe vera carrier. The mosquitoes hovered, but didn't attack until after the mixture had dried.
If I used a carrier that didn't dry out so fast, though...
Who knows? Maybe it'll work.
Next, I think I'll try coconut oil as my carrier. It doesn't dry quickly like the aloe does, so maybe it'll work. Plus, coconut oil has the benefit of not clogging pores like other oils do. It's a fabulous moisturizer!
Until I finally build a fountain to attract more dragonflies, Mosquito repellent is my only real option. I swear by tea tree oil for just about every other problem that occurs, so why not as a repellent?
Wish me luck!!!
(I think I'll need it!)