As we are currently sailing in the Caribbean islands mosquitos have become not just a nightly annoyance but a slight worry as they can carry the Zika virus and Dengue Fever, whereas further north Malaria is a real risk. With the tropical downpours and scorching sun creating a steamy humidity and perfect breeding ground we’ve already been bitten whilst ashore in the evenings, the intense itching of the bites keeping us awake at night.
Not being one for chemical filled products I made this essential oil based balm to ward off the little blighters.
Solid at room temperature (or kept in the fridge in our current climes) and laced with citronella, eucalyptus and tea tree oils, once warmed in the hands it can be applied to ankles and wrists or any exposed skin at dusk.
It’s very effective and super simple to make, avoiding the need for expensive products filled with man made chemicals (or toxic DEET) entering your system.
For one small jar you will need:
1/4 cup beeswax pellets
1/2 cup coconut oil
30 drops citronella essential oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
15 drops tea tree essential oil
- In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water melt the beeswax pellets along with the coconut oil
- Leave to cool slightly before adding the essential oils
- Using a spatula scrape into a suitable pot whilst still liquid (a sterilised face cream jar or small, wide necked jam jar would work)
- Leave to cool and solidify completely
- The balm will keep for up to 12 months, preferably in a cool, dark place to protect the oils from spoiling.