We all love summer, but we can’t really enjoy it because of the most annoying creatures that bite, mosquitoes. People tend to use mosquito repellents in order to get rid of them, but what you should know is that most of them are harmful because they contain toxic chemicals. These sprays get absorbed in our skin so they cause dangerous side-effects. However, you don’t have to worry since there are some natural approaches to keeping yourself safe from these pesky bugs.
According to researches, certain odors are the reason why mosquitos look for humans to bite. Mosquitoes are mostly attracted by people with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface, as well as those who produce excess amounts of certain acids, such as uric acid. All of these substances can trigger a mosquito’s sense of smell, leading them to a certain person.
Many scientists also claim that overweight people or pregnant women are mosquito magnets since they give off larger amounts of carbon dioxide.
As you know, mosquito bites are itchy and annoying, but that’s not all. Sadly, they can carry diseases and spread them to humans. Mosquitoes have been known to carry:
- La Crosse Encephalitis – can cause fever and nausea
- Rift Valley Fever – can cause dizziness, weakness and eye damage
- Malaria – causes fever, chills and vomiting
- West Nile – causes fever, joint pain, vomiting and rashes
- Yellow Fever – can cause jaundice, chills and vomiting
- Zika – linked to birth defects
- Dengue – can lead to hemorrhagic fever
- Chikungunya – can cause joint pain, rashes and nausea
- Jamestown Canyon Virus – can cause flu-like symptoms
- Snowshoe Hare Virus – can cause dizziness, vomiting and rashes
It is very important to learn how to protect yourself from mosquitoes since there are 175 known species of mosquitoes in the United States, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Vitamin B1 Repels Mosquitoes!
In order to function properly, your body needs vitamin B1 (thiamine) which is a water –soluble vitamin. You can find it in foods like eggplant, cabbage, sunflower seeds, broccoli, onions, green beans, summer squash, kale, spinach, cabbage, eggplant, and sunflower seeds, and it plays an important role in fighting stress and boosting the immune system.
The reason why you need to have enough vitamin B1 in your system is because then you will produce a “yeasty” smell which will repell mosquitoes. You don’t have to worry since this smell cannot be scented by the people. But when mosquitoes get a whiff, they’ll make their way to another target.
Another Natural Remedy!
You can also prepare your own mosquito reppellent. All you need to have is fresh parsley and organic apple cider vinegar.
- Add a handful of fresh parsley to a mortar and pestle.
- Add 4 oz of apple cider vinegar.
- Mash these ingredients well.
- Allow the mixture to stay for a severak hours.
- After that, strain it and pour it into a spray bottle.
- Store the mixture in fridge for continued use.
- If you want, you can add essential oils for a pleasent scent.
The best part about this mix is that is is made out of natural ingredients and it has no harmful side effects. Check out the video below for a simple how to!