Commercial insect repellant contain incredibly harmful chemicals and pesticides that can reside in your liver & other vital organs for YEARS.
As a Certified Master Herbalist over the years I've put together several formulas which you can use effectively when dealing with insects like mosquitoes. You'll have the option of making a (1) Alcohol free mosquito spray, (2) Alcohol (based) mosquito spray and (3) a Rub on formula. I designed the alcohol free mosquito spray recipe for those individuals who suffer from asthma and should not use alcohol based products.
I also want to highlight when I recommend certain amounts or drops of the Essential Oils I am referring to Young Living Essential Oils. If you decide to use another companies Essential Oils you will have to increase your dosage as I am sure their quality and grade will not be at the standard of Young Living Essential Oils. I also can not guarantee the effectiveness my recipes if you choose to use the different company's oils. As the distillation process for manufacturing the oils will be different as well. Our competitors use the stems and leaves for making their essential oils whereas Young Living uses the flowers of the plants. The difference is night and day in terms of quality and their medicinal or therapeutic affect.
I'm a Certified Master Herbalist and I can tell you that there are Essential Oils and then there are Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. The two grades are worlds apart. Whenever possible I recommend Therapeutic Grade Essential oils for healing, nitrifying and treating the our bodies.