According to a paper in the International Journal of Advanced Research, citronella oil is noted for its efficiency in repelling mosquitoes – it provided about two hours of repellent in the study. It has proven successful in repelling the dreaded Aedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that spread diseases like dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever. Apart from being used on humans, citronella oil is also used to keep ticks away from livestock and pets.
Citronella oil is widely available in in natural food and beauty stores. However, commercial oils processed through steam distillation may be pricey. A more practical solution would be to make your own citronella oil at home.
- ¼ ounce nard grass leaves and stems (you may use lemongrass as substitute)
- 1 cup olive oil
- Slow cooker (ex. Crock-Pot)
- Mix the olive oil and nard grass leaves and stems in the slow cooker.
- Leave and cook the mixture for about four to eight hours.
- With the cheesecloth, strain the mixture, which is actually the citronella oil. Remove nard grass.
- Repeat steps 1-3 with the strained mixture with fresh nard grass leaves and stems. No need to add more olive oil. Keep on repeating until the oil obtains the desired scent.
- Once done, seal the oil in a dark-colored jar. Store in a cool, dry place.
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