Natural Bug Repellent Tips for the Summer

Natural Bug Repellent Tips for the Summer


Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here. Welcome to Ancient Medicine Today. Today, we’ll be talking about natural insect
repellents and mosquito repellent. So, if you’re a person and you tend to get
bit by the bugs, I’m going to go over the best essential oils, the best diet, and some
of the best natural ways to keep the bugs away and to keep you from getting bit. So, let’s dive right in and talk about natural
bug repellent tips for the summer. First, let’s talk about what attracts mosquitoes. Now, have you ever noticed that certain people
get bit more than others? And I’ll tell you why. In fact, my wife is, like, the chief person. She’s always getting bit. I get bit some, she gets bit more. So, let me talk about why that might be. Number one here, carbon dioxide. Now in general, bigger people give off more
carbon dioxide, but also if somebody is out of breath or breathing more, in general, they
might be giving off more carbon dioxide, a thing to know there. Somebody that has a lot of lactic acid built
up, if somebody just got done with the hard work out, think of CrossFit or swimming where
you’re getting that burning and lactic acid in your muscles, that actually attracts mosquitoes
to your body, okay? So, if somebody’s even sweating, that can
cause that. Acetone in your breath.  Now, acetone in the breath is sort of a chief
characteristic if somebody that’s in ketosis or if somebody is on a ketogenic diet. So, somebody who’s on a low carb or ketogenic
diet, the acetone on their breath can actually attract more bugs like mosquitoes to them. Number four here, estradiol. So, if your estrogen levels are high. Now, this is . . . often times I’ve noticed
that sometimes women get bit by more bugs than men, and part of it is the hormones that
they’re giving off. And higher levels of estrogen in the body
can actually attract more bugs to them as well. Those estradiol levels that get higher, which
also can happen during, you know, certain times of day and then also body heat.  Now, this is very frequent in women that are
pregnant or if somebody just got done working out or if somebody has more mass on them or
even body fat. But body heat, in general, will attract mosquitoes
such that they will go after those people. So, again, all of these things actually increase
your likelihood of getting bitten by mosquitoes. So, here are the natural ways using essential
oils to repel those bugs. Number one is oil of lemon eucalyptus. Okay, this is a certain type of eucalyptus
that actually really repels bugs. Now we know eucalyptus has so many benefits
and it’s typically grown in Australia. In fact, it’s known that koala bears tend
to eat the eucalyptus leaf. But, again, eucalyptus and lemon eucalyptus
give off eucalyptol which actually acts as a natural insect repellent.  The next one here is citronella oil. Now, I remember growing up my parents, they
would actually put these like burning candles with eucalyptus oil to actually keep bugs
away, and they would do that incense all over when we were kids. But citronella oil of all the things on this
list, probably, the most powerful natural insect repellent out there today especially
for mosquitoes.  And then lemongrass oil. Lemongrass repels mosquitoes. It’s also great for fighting ants and other
bugs. Actually, it’s great for fighting fleas and
ticks on your pets. But, again, these also keep the bugs away.  What I recommend is making a blend of all
of these as I’m going to show you in just a minute and making your own at-home natural
DIY insect and mosquito repellent. So, let’s talk about . . . here’s a homemade
bug spray, takes you two minutes to make. Half a cup of witch hazel which has natural
bug repellent properties, half a cup of apple cider vinegar, 40 drops of the essential oils
of eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella. Also, tea tree and rosemary oil are effective. And then one 8-ounce glass spray bottle. Directions, just mix these together and spray
on the areas of your body. Just make sure you avoid your eyes when spraying
on this at-home natural bug spray.  Now, here’s some other things you can do if
you’re really going to be outdoors especially in the summer, and like my wife’s family is
from Minnesota. I’m from Ohio originally. I remember going up to the lakes during those
times and even going up to my wife’s here in a few weeks, and the mosquitoes, they joke
around like they’re the size of like, baseball or baseballs are huge. But again, you got to dress right. That’s number one. So wear socks. Really, wear long sleeves. Really cover up. Number two, avoid sandals. Bugs can really eat up your feet at night
as well. Drink less alcohol. Actually, alcohol attracts bugs. If you’re drinking alcohol it’s going to attract
more of them to you.  Number four here, and this actually is a type
of material made with black pepper. And so actually it helps repel bugs. You can use a fan. A fan and especially using essential oils
as well or citronella candle with the fan can really keep the bugs at bay. And actually avoiding bug zappers. One of the things . . . the light can’t attract
bugs from all over and sometimes using bug zappers can actually kill off everything but
mosquitoes, all the other bugs. And some of those bugs actually kill mosquitoes
themselves. So, a bug zapper really isn’t good or bad
necessarily. It’s just not effective when it comes to mosquitoes
specifically. So, here’s what you got to do. Number one, dress appropriately. And the last thing here, use essential oils
like eucalyptus or lemon eucalyptus. Use lemon grass, use citronella. Those are the most effective essential oils
to fight off bugs and mosquitoes. And try out that natural at-home bug spray. I’ve used it before. I know it works.  And, guys, if you’ve enjoyed this live training
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44 thoughts on “Natural Bug Repellent Tips for the Summer”

  1. I am trying to get pregnant and terrified of getting some type of mosquito borne illness. Thanks you for this information!!

  2. I AM DOING KETO BUT MOSQUITOES RARELY EVER BITE ME. MY HUSBAND IS 6 FOOT 2 INCHES TALL AND 150 LBS. I CAN SIT NEAR HIM AND THEY CHEW HIM UP. I CALL HIM MY NATURAL MOSQUITO REPELLENT. LOL! IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY EVEN BEFORE KETO WHEN I WAS OVER 200 LBS. I AM NOW AT 172 LBS. SO WHY DON'T MOSQUITOES GO AFTER ME DR. AXE?

  3. Dr Axe is that 40 drops total or 40 drops of each of those oils I am so going to try this i am a mosquito magnet i think i get invited to outside party's because they are all drawn to me and everyone else is safe hahaha…Thank you !! Love your video's so informative !

  4. I just wanted to thank you for your magnesium video, it has helped me tremendously. My anxiety was terrible before I tried that. That and exercise together have given me good coping mechanisms for my issues.

  5. I always get confused on directions because I am very literal. Does this mean 40 drops of each essential oil or 40 drops total which would be like 13 drops of each etc.. I think this is an important point. If anyone can clear this up for me. Appreciated!

  6. It seems that the smaller my kids are the more they get bite. The other day my toddler got 5 bites while we were outside but my other 4 kids got none. Which oil is safe for young kids?

  7. U mentioned it the lemongrass oil was good for pets? Correct? Im going camping and taking my toy yorkie would love to know if i can put the lemin grass oil or any of the other oils on his hair or clothes? Is it safe for cats as well? Thank u so much..i enjoy and love the tips, have a blessed day:)

  8. Thank you Misty. I live by the ocean and sometimes I wonder if that has anything to do with these pests. The raccoons also can be a little scary since I have my cats outside. The possums actually eat alongside my catsπŸ˜‚. I don't mind them as much. They help keep my yard clean.

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  10. Hey Dr. Axe…I have recently changed my life with natural foods…you have really helped me do so with your videos…thank you so much! AlsoI have been running into information on Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C…whats your take on this? Maybe you can do something on this…again thanks for everything Dr. Axe

  11. Excellent video. Just a little confusing on the 40 drops of EO when several different ones are mentioned. Thanks.

  12. HI the 40 drops essential oils is that 40 drops of the lemon Eucalyptus oil and citronella essential oil, then i add the apple cider vinegar will this work

  13. They onky talk about moskytos but i get horrible bites or stings from little flie's. All over my body, it itches and hurts that it makes stress and fast heart beat and let me barely sleep, all summer long till now october, these tiny fly's in my house, i get cracy and frustraited, i do not remember something like this befor. It gets worse when i dress on warm cloths cause it is getting cold here i was hoping it will stop then, but no it does not stop. Heeeellllpppp!!!!!

  14. "40 drops essential oils (eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella, tea tree or rosemary)". Is it all together 40 drops, or each one of them should be 40 drops?

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