Mosquito bites can ruin any vacation or even a barbecue on the sunny afternoon. Apart from itching and scratching people are more than ever concerned about mosquitoes, because there is a significant increase of mosquito-borne viruses. West Nile Virus is just one of the viruses that could get transferred to your body by a mosquito bite and it can cause West Nile meningitis and encephalitis in some of the patients.
People using flowery aromas in perfumes, cosmetics and even fragrances for the clothes are more prone to mosquito bites, as well as those who exercise and sweat, because these are things that attract mosquitoes.
Chemical insect repellents are possibility for everyone who wants to get rid of unpleasant or even potentially harmful mosquito bites. However, you should know that some less harmful natural remedies may also be similarly helpful tools against mosquitoes. Although you might need to apply these natural treatments more often than some chemical repellents, they will definitely have fewer side effects.
Natural Oils against Mosquitoes
Natural oils can help you with seasonal pests such as mosquitoes. Various natural oils are found to be effective against mosquitoes, and as the most efficient most people use citronella or clove oil. Since clove oil can irritate the skin, be careful when applying this oil and make sure to dilute it and use with caution at all times. Lemon and peppermint oils, as well as eucalyptus, rosemary, cedar, castor and cinnamon oils can also be used for the same purpose, as mosquito repellents.
These essential oils must be used only externally, but they might not be suitable for everyone’s skin. Keep that in mind and always test the oil on a small patch of your skin before actual treatment against mosquitoes. If you are not allergic and there is no reaction to the oil, you can safely use it on the skin as mosquito repellent.
To make your own mosquito repellent, you can use one part of any of the essential oils and add 10 times more alcohol or vodka and also some olive or hazelnut oil. Shake the mixture well and it is ready to be used on your skin. In some cases, mosquitoes will vanish with few drops of essential oils which you added to your shampoo or soap.
It may sound silly, but scientists have proved that mosquitoes hate garlic. You can add several cloves of garlic to your food, and you will be protected against mosquitoes for sure. For those who don’t like the taste and smell of garlic in their mouth, there are some commercial garlic sprays for outdoors and also some garlic gels to be used on the skin. Make sure to consult your doctor prior to the use of garlic gels on the skin, for they may provoke allergic reactions.