The warm summer months bring not only sunshine and fresh air, but unfortunately also an unwanted side effect: mosquitoes. The annoying bloodsuckers can quickly spoil the enjoyment of outdoor activities. Fortunately, there are natural repellents to protect yourself from the biting insects. One promising option is cinnamon oil, which not only emits a pleasant scent but can also repel mosquitoes.

That’s why cinnamon helps to repel mosquitoes

Cinnamon oil contains a number of compounds that act as natural repellents. The main component responsible for the mosquito repellent effect is cinnamaldehyde. Mosquitoes are deterred by this scent and therefore avoid the vicinity of cinnamon oil. Compared to commercial insect repellents, cinnamon oil does not contain aggressive chemicals that can be harmful to humans and the environment.

How to use cinnamon oil

Cinnamon can easily be used to make a powerful cinnamon oil mosquito repellent that also has a pleasant scent. All you need for the cinnamon oil is:

  • Glass jar
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Mild oil (high quality olive or sunflower oil)

The cinnamon sticks are placed close together in the glass jar. Any gaps should be filled with broken cinnamon pieces. Now pour the entire jar with oil until the cinnamon sticks are completely covered. Let it sit in a warm place for three weeks. Then strain the oil through an old tea towel and catch it in a bowl. Now you have a high quality, wonderfully fragrant cinnamon oil. Drizzle the oil onto a handkerchief and place it on a plate by the window. Even if the window is fully open, not a single mosquito will enter your room! Alternatively, you can rub it on your arms and legs, and you will be spared from bites even outside.

Additional benefits of cinnamon oil

Aside from its mosquito repellent properties, cinnamon oil also has other potential benefits. It is also known to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. In addition, cinnamon oil is used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and improve mood.

When it comes to repelling mosquitoes, cinnamon oil is a natural alternative to conventional mosquito repellents. With it, you are well armed against the little bloodsuckers even in summer.