Mosquitoes suck! No question about it, they are annoying as hell and if the buzzing isn’t enough, it’s the biting that leaves you all marked up and itching that really blows.
So naturally, you just buy the over the counter stuff, and spray all over yourself, right? Yeah, right, if you are really into dousing yourself with those nasty chemicals that stick to your skin, smell toxic, and actually are toxic if you happen to ingest them. There are alternatives that are not only safer but just as, if not more, effective.
Apparently, scent plays a role on whether or not one is prone to bite. Certain acid production on the skin, or a lot of cholesterol or steroidal concentration on the skin can be prime biting ground for these pesky bugs. Carbon dioxide on the skin, produced by those who are pregnant or overweight can attract more mosquitoes as well.
Beyond the bites, mosquitoes can also carry diseases such as the following:
- Yellow Fever (causes chills, jaundice, and vomiting)
- Malaria (causes vomiting, fever, chills)
- Zika (causes birth defects)
- West Nile (causes rashes, fever, joint pain, and vomiting)
- Dengue (causes severe, hemorrhagic fever)
- Chikungunya (causes rashes, joint pain, and nausea)
- Jamestown Canyon (causes flu-like symptoms)
- Snowshoe Hare (causes vomiting, rashes, dizziness)
- Rift Valley Fever (causes eye damage, dizziness, weakness)
- La Crosse Encephalitis (causes nausea and fever)
With 175 different kinds of mosquitoes in the US, the chances of them carrying a variety of the above is definitely there, thus you should be aware of how to protect you and your family, naturally, without having to resort to chemicals.
Yes, there is a vitamin, B1 aka thiamine, that can be used as a natural mosquito repellant. You can get B1 through sources such as kale, spinach, cabbage, eggplant, onions, broccoli, green beans, summer squash, and sunflower seeds. Taking in enough B1 will give off what is described as a “yeasty” type of small. This is undetectable to humans, but mosquitoes can pick it up and they hate it!
How about a natural DIY bug spray? This one works awesome. You use organic apple cider vinegar and fresh parsley! Add a handful of fresh parsley leaves and then add in four ounces of organic apple cider vinegar to a mortar and pestle.
Now you want to mash the leaves thoroughly. Then let the mix sit overnight, or at least for several hours. Strain out all the solids. Then pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Keep it in the fridge and you can even add essential oils to give it a pleasant smelling scent!