Do Lemons Repel Mosquitoes?

Do Lemons Repel Mosquitoes?

More and more people have been trying to switch to organic alternatives wherever they can. This transition is, in part, a result of heavier enforcement by the EPA on things like aerosols, and pollutants. Another driving force in this movement is a massive social kick for increased personal health and self-care that took off in the last 10-15 years.

While there are many plants and essential oils proven to repel mosquitoes, do lemons repel mosquitoes? We’re here to break it down for you!

Do Lemons Repel Mosquitoes?

Although the evidence of lemons and lemon oil being effective at repelling mosquitoes is scarce, there are, however, a few cited claims saying they work.

Despite lemons and lemon oil not having scientific studies on their effectiveness of repelling mosquitoes, this study suggests oranges do a much better job with the task at hand —- repelling mosquitoes. We could assume that if one citrus fruit is successful at repelling mosquitoes, lemons would be too. However, the overall lack of scientific studies leaves us without a definitive answer and the only “proof” we have is anecdotal evidence from people who have tried it.

Those that have had success with this natural method believe it might work for a similar reason that apple cider vinegar works —– it irritates mosquitoes’ super-sensitive receptors.

How to Use Lemon to Repel Mosquitoes

If you decide to put lemons to the test, below is an easy-to-follow recipe for lemon spray.

While putting straight lemon juice on your skin might repel mosquitoes, it isn’t the best idea. Not only will it be sticky from the natural sugars found in lemons, but it could also cause skin irritation due to its acidity.

Instead, you should:

  • Mix lemon juice with water using the ratio of 1 ½ squeezed lemons per cup of water
  • Put the combined mixture in a pot and bring to a boil
  • Allow mixture to steep for one hour
  • Let cool, and pour into a spray bottle
  • Apply to skin or clothes, excluding the face

What Essential Oils Naturally Repel Mosquitoes?

Even though lemons and lemon oil don’t have much evidence to back up them as an effective repellent for mosquitoes, several other essential oils are proven to work. Some of the best essential oils that repel mosquitoes include lavender, citronella, and eucalyptus.

When using essential oils topically, make sure to dilute them with a carrier liquid such as coconut oil. Doing so will help to prevent potential irritation of the skin, nose, throat, and eyes.

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