With summer around the corner, most of us will head to the store and stock up on commercial mosquito repellent for carefree summer evenings.
While it might look like a perfect solution to the mosquito problem, these over-the-counter repellents often contain toxins and harmful chemicals that might cause skin irritation, rashes or other significant health damage if they are ingested or absorbed by the skin.
Even though we still can’t tell for sure which odors attract mosquitos, it has been proven that these annoying insects are attracted to people with a higher concentration of steroids or high cholesterol. Those who produce high amounts of uric acid are also more prone to mosquito bites and experts believe that people who give off larger amounts of carbon dioxide are also among the first picks of these pesky bugs. This includes people who have sat near a fire for a certain amount of time or athletes after their training session. It looks like these substances stimulate the sense of smell of the mosquitos and that’s what makes you a target. Pregnant women or overweight individuals also present mosquito magnets.
It might not seem like a big deal since most of the mosquito bites end up in annoying itching but they can also carry potentially lethal diseases. Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitos include:
- Malaria – causes vomiting, fever and chills
- Yellow Fever – can cause chills, vomiting and jaundice
- Chikungunya – rashes, joint pain and nausea are the most frequent symptoms of this disease
- Snowshoe Hare Virus – causes vomiting, rashes or dizziness
- Zika Virus – linked to birth defects
- La Crosse Encephalitis – can cause nausea and fever
- Jamestown Canyon Virus – causes flu-like symptoms
- West Nile – you will most likely suffer from fever, joint pain, vomiting and rashes
- Dengue – can cause hemorrhagic fever
- Rift Valley Fever – a disease that leads to dizziness, weakness and potential eye damage
There are over 170 different kinds of mosquitos in the U.S alone so you will need to learn how you can protect yourself and your family from these insects.
The secret lies in vitamin B1 or thiamine. Vitamin B1 is a water-soluble vitamin that boosts our immunity and reduces stress but can also be used to repel annoying mosquitos.
Foods that are rich in B1 include kale, eggplant, onions, green beans, sunflower seeds, broccoli, spinach, summer squash and cabbage.
By consuming enough of these foods, you will raise the B1 levels in your system and your body will release a “yeasty” smell that mosquitos hate, making you unattractive to them. The good thing is, people can’t sense this smell so you got nothing to worry about.
If you want to go a step further, you can make a natural homemade mosquito repellent. We have tried several different combinations and we can assure you that the best one you can make in the comfort of your home is the one with apple cider vinegar and fresh parsley. This is how you do it:
- Add a handful of fresh parsley in a mortar and pestle
- Next, add 4oz of organic apple cider vinegar
- Mash the ingredients and mix well
- After leaving the mixture to sit for a few hours, strain and put it in a spray bottle
- For a continued use, keep the solution refrigerated
- Optionally, you can add any essential oil to enhance the smell and add a pleasant aroma
This mosquito repellent is all natural and completely safe for use. If doesn’t have any side effects and will do you no harm.
The how-to video below will provide you with more instructions and tips on how to stay mosquito free:
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