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Back In Stock: Our Professional Diffuser - which may also be an excellent insect repellent tool!

Professional Nebulizing Diffuser

AND, we'd run out of stock of our professional wood-base nebulizing diffuser - they just arrived yesterday, and wanted to mention as a follow-up regarding the catnip/mosquito article, that this is a great diffuser to use indoors to keep mosquitoes out of the house. We generally expect these oils will repel other flying insects as well -- one fact that supports this is it is the same scientists that found that catnip oil repels mosquitoes that ALSO found it repels cockroaches. There's a lot of little critters in between those two type, eh?

Generally because of the cost of catnip essential oil, we recommend using just a tiny amount in your diffuser blend --- here's a couple of ideas to add to the reservoir. Remember, there are about 35 drops per milliliter (ml) if you do not have a pipette to measure in ml's.

Mosquito Repellent Diffuser Blend #1
3ml Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Citradora)
1ml Geranium or Rose Geranium
.5ml Catnip Essential Oil
.5ml Peppermint

Mosquito Repellent Diffuser Blend #1
3ml Citronella
2ml Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Citradora)
.5ml Catnip

Other Oils to Experiment with
Rose Geranium on its own is supposedly very effective, though just a little costly to run all summer to keep the bugs out. If you really need it though, you might give it a try - or run it some of the time just for your  own aromatic experience, and switch during the day.

Peppermint on it's own has been used successfully. Something that's been described in aromatherapy texts is putting drops of peppermint oil on tissues and leaving them by windows when traveling, and there's no screens to keep insects out.

Either Eucalyptus Citradora (Lemon Eucalyptus) and/or Citronella are certainly "stand by" oils. We prefer the Citradora for it's slightly brighter, less "grassy" aroma. And it blends nicely with a little bit of peppermint.

Many people have success with cedarwood -- particularly in areas where ticks are a problem, and it too has a great scent.