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Citronella and sesame essential oils – a classic insect repellent

With citronella against mosquitoes

One of the many substances contained in lemongrass is citronella. This is a substance with a characteristic smell, which is used primarily to repel insects.

In most cases, the citronella in scented candles and other mosquito repellent products is not extracted from lemongrass but from other, cheaper plants such as spruce needles.

Only a product labeled as pure, essential citronella oil can give you the safety that you are not using an artificial product to repel mosquitoes! Suppose you are using any other citronella oil with poor quality. In that case, you will notice this straight away because your insect repellent will not work or at least not as well as it could.

Mosquitoes like sweaty people

Through our sweat, we secrete odors that female mosquitoes find extremely attractive: Lactic acid, ammonia, and uric acid, for example, but also other metabolic products that have a characteristic odor that mosquitoes like to smell.

A shower with citronella or a good deodorant will make you less attractive to mosquitos. However, the thing with deodorants is that they contain other ingredients, many of them harmful for your body and the environment. Besides that, why would you use a conglomerate of chemicals when citronella essential oil can do the same? Citronella, even without a shower, helps to mask the human odor and does not attract mosquitoes.

Insect repellant is a vital topic in aromatherapy.

In general, there are two crucial scent molecules that mosquitoes do not like:

  • Geraniol, which can also work effective against ticks, and
  • Citronella.
    There are citronella essential oils available that contain both fragrances, which makes them so popular for use against mosquitoes.

How to use Citronella Essential Oil as a reliable insect repellant

The effect of essential oils against mosquitoes is not permanent. That means you need to “re-scent” regularly to maintain the deterrent effect!

Whether you use Citronella Essential Oil as a spray or rub it into your skin, you will need a carrier oil.

This is where the Sesame Essential Oil comes into play!

Sesame and almond oil are very suitable for this purpose for three reasons:

  • Those both essential oils are particularly friendly and gentle on your skin.
  • Both are fragrance-free, which makes them an excellent carrier oil for a citronella repellant.
  • Sesame oil contains vitamin E, which nourishes the skin. Above that, it can help to protect skin cells from damage caused by environmental factors such as UV rays, pollution, and toxins. Sesame oil also contains several phenolic compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

If you cannot use Sesame Essential Oil for some reason, you could also blend a few drops of Citronella Essential Oil in your daily body lotion before applying to your skin. Young Living has a great insect repellant already made for you! Here’s a video about it!

Please be aware that you should never apply undiluted essential oils to the skin. You could experience irritations.


Ideally, you should buy the highest quality sesame and citronella essential oil possible and pay attention to the essential oil’s production. Organic products are produced according to ecological standards without exploiting people or natural resources. Those products have a significantly better environmental balance than products without the organic seal. Only the organic seal ensures quality and thus the best possible effectiveness for yourself while at the same time you are doing something good for the environment. As you know by now, Young Living has the Seed to Seal Promise! You don’t have to wonder about the quality you’re getting!

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