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Consider Using Sandalwood Oil as a Natural Mosquito Repellent

October 29, 2015

There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day in the office and relaxing in your back yard. A cool beer, maybe a dip in the pool, and a time to unwind. But everyone knows the peace and quiet can be shattered by that annoying high-pitched hum that signals the approach of the ultimate garden pest, the mosquito. Mozzies number in the millions and not only irritate by flying around, but leave you with a nasty itch when they bite. There are sprays of course that defend you, but many use aerosols or are applied to the skin, which is not environmentally friendly. This is why many people are now turning to sandalwood and the oils found within the wood to provide a natural mosquito repellent.  

Sandalwood and its oil comes from 100% renewable sources and is extremely effective at keeping all kinds of bugs away, especially mosquitos. In fact, natural mosquito repellents such as sandalwood oil has been proven to be just as effective as the leading chemical brands. The difference is, the oils from sandalwood, being a natural product, is so much better for you and the environment. It’s like living “with” your surroundings rather than “against” them. 

A good analogy to use when thinking about using sandalwood oils as a natural mosquito repellent is to think of a crop field. Many farmers now use natural predators like spiders and ladybugs to kill off caterpillars who eat crops, instead of killing them with pesticides. The same could be said of using sandalwood sticks, instead of using a chemical spray against mosquitos. 

So what, apart from being a natural product, sets the oils derived from sandalwood apart from their chemical predecessors? Well, for a start, a product like DEET (N-N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) is commonly used applied directly to the skin. While this is okay for a short time, it’s recommended that DEET should not be used continuously in this way. DEET especially shouldn’t be used on young children and babies, and shouldn’t be used by pregnant women. In particular, young children and babies will occasionally rub their eyes, and if their hands have been covered in DEET or another insect repellent, this could obviously cause a problem.

Natural mosquito repellents such as sandalwood oils can be burnt discreetly outside to stop mosquitos coming near, meaning there’s no need to add a chemical to the skin at all. In fact, the oils from sandalwood sticks aren’t toxic at all, so even if a child were to put a mosquito stick in their mouth, the oils will not do any harm.

Another good reason for using sandalwood oil as a natural mosquito repellent, is that mosquito sticks have a pleasant aroma. This is in comparison to the smell of a chemical repellent, which as we all know, doesn’t smell nice at all. So not only are you getting rid of the pesky bugs, you’re also adding a nice aroma to the area you’re sitting in. 

Sandalwood sticks from New Mountain offer the safest and most environmentally friendly way of defeating those nasty mozzies. Check out various different types of natural mosquito sticks and other mosquito products. 

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