Best Natural Mosquito repellents
With summer in full swing, we all want to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors. But as anyone who spends time outside knows, when the sun goes down, the critters come out to play.
I am one of those people who mosquitos just love. And with so many methods to tackle these troublesome pests, which ones actually work? Here’s a few that work great for me.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) has been said to be effective in discouraging mosquitoes. In tests, by taking more vitamin B1 than your body needs it causes the excess to be excreted through your pores via sweat. Vitamin B1 seems to produce an odour that female mosquitoes just hate. And after all, it’s the females mosquitos that are the ones out for your blood.
Tip: Try taking a 100mg tablet everyday for a week or so before exposure.
Oil of citronella has been touted as an effective repellent of insects found in many repellents on the market. It works by masking the scents that are attractive to insects, which in turn, makes it more difficult for insects to locate a target.
A few drops on your skin at various points around your body is a great way to get full body coverage on exposed skin.
As an extra boost, why not try citronella soap first and then put some citronella essential oil. But make sure it’s a high quality essential oil for it to be effective. Java Citronella is one the highest quality citronella oils on the market, so if you can source that, so much the better.
You can also get great citronella incense sticks as all insect hate smoke. Just be careful that they are away from anything that is flammable.
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Lemon eucalyptus oil is botanical repellent and health authorities highly recommend it against West Nile virus. This amazing essential oil contains a naturally occurring chemical called menthoglycol that repels mosquitoes and has been shown to be almost as effective as DEET.
Here’s a great homemade mosquito repellent.
Add the following to a spray bottle
- 30 drops of lemon eucalyptus oil
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 4 ounces of witch hazel
Give the bottle a good shake to mix the indigents and your homemade mosquito spray is ready to protect. Re-apply every four or five hours.
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