Whenever I send my kids over to my in-laws’ place for the afternoon, they invariably come home with terribly itchy mosquito bites. Hubby and I get bitten badly too. Andrea gets a lot more than Brandon–and she has been losing sleep at night because of this. Usually at about 1am she’ll start stirring from her slumber and I’ll hear her swishing her legs on the mattress, trying to rub away at the bites.
So before Saturday night’s mooncake festival barbecue do at their place, I mixed together some grapeseed oil, a little citronella essential oil (repellent) and lavender essential oil (repellent and skin soother) to apply on my family to see if it would help keep the mosquitoes at bay. I crossed my fingers.
It seemed to work well in the first 2 hours, when the scent was at its strongest (which wasn’t unpleasant). I didn’t get bitten. It was hard to see if the children were protected though, as they already had some old bite marks all over their legs. But I started getting bitten again when the scents faded almost completely.
Looks like I’ll need to do more field tests. This is promising–perhaps all that is needed is to keep applying the oil regularly to prevent more bites.