Make these all natural and beautifully fragrant DIY beeswax candles to keep bloodsuckers at bay!
The mosquitoes are out in full force. But put down the DEET. Citronella candles offer effective protection and can make patio time more pleasant with their kinder scent. Make them with beeswax for a more eco-friendly outdoor time.
Citronella is an effective deterrent to biting insects like mosquitoes and sand flies. Citronella essential oil when used as a spray-on repellent was 98% effective immediately after application. When applied to the skin at 3% concentration citronella was nontoxic and effective at ranges up to 98%. The active compounds in citronella oil for repelling mosquitoes are camphor, eucalyptol, eugenol, linalool, citronellal and citral.
But essential oils tend to evaporate into the air. This means that they need to be reapplied every 3 to 5 hours to maintain the same effectiveness as DEET, the chemical standard for mosquito control in malarial swamps. When citronella is used in a candle at 5% concentration, this problem of declining effectiveness over time is not an issue. The candle wax holds the citronella essential oils in suspension for longer effectiveness.
- 6 inch prepared wicks
- 1 cup Beeswax for each candle, (approximating 225 grams or ½ pound)
- 2 teaspoons citronella essential oil per candle (10 ml) (5 % citronella candle)
- Jam jars or 8 oz. Mason jar 1 per candle