We all love the hot summer days, but nobody likes the mosquitoes. And we change the fact that these 2 things go along, right? And we all know that mosquitos can be a huge nuisance. Most of the mosquito repellent products are loaded with chemicals, which is the main reason why using these products to keep the mosquitos away is not on the top of everyone’s wish list.
You should know that the mosquito repellent has been on the market since 1956. Not many people like these mosquito repelling products, because they don’t like the smell and they are also scared of the adverse effects of DEET in sprays and are more prone to getting bit by these boring bugs. Using chemical insecticides can be hazardous. DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-tolouamide) is the active ingredient in many mosquito repellants. The Environmental Protection Agency has deemed DEET safe for human use but still posts a list of warnings in its use.
Note: the problem with applying any synthetic chemical to your skin is that it’s then absorbed into your body. The Environmental Health Agency of Nova Scotia reported in 2003:
“’Up to 56% of DEET applied topically penetrates intact human skin and 17% is absorbed into the bloodstream.’ Blood concentrations of about 3 mg per litre have been reported several hours after DEET repellent was applied to skin in the prescribed fashion. DEET is also absorbed by the gut.”
DEET affects the central nervous system.
A recent study, conducted on animals by group of researchers at the Duke University, has found that prolonged use of DEET caused brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats and called for further testing. Well, this is the main reason why Health Canada banned all insect repellants with a concentration of DEET higher than thirty percent due to concerns over high dose, repeated use. You should also know that other studies have shown that DEET can cause various skin and mucus membrane conditions.
And here comes the million-dollar question – how to safely keep those little blood-thirsty pests away from us? Well, the medical experts say that the answer is for us to simply smell unappetizing.
The medical experts have discovered that when good amounts of vitamin B1 (thiamine) are ingested, our bodies exude a smell unpleasant to mosquitoes. You should know that this essential (water-soluble) nutrient has been called the “anti-stress” vitamin because it strengthens the immune system, maintains the nervous system, and boosts the metabolism, enabling us to withstand stressful conditions. Your body needs thiamine in order to produce adenosine triphosphate, which every cell uses for energy.
You should be very careful, because a deficiency of this vitamin can cause neurological complications, eye conditions, heart failure, and depression. It’s called B1 because it was the first B vitamin to be identified. And since it’s water-soluble, there’s hardly any chances of overdosing; what the body doesn’t need, it will eliminate. Note: and, you shouldn’t be worried, because humans won’t be able to smell an increase in B1 in your system.
Thiamine can be found in many foods:
- Beef, poultry, and pork—especially in organ meats
- Blackstrap molasses
- Mustard seeds
- Nutritional yeast
- Whole grains
You should also know that there are different plants you can place around your home that mosquitoes don’t like: catnip, lemongrass, citronella, mint, and thyme, to name a few. But, if the vitamin method and these plants doesn’t work for you, then you should try this natural repellant spray. You will be amazed by the results. It’s very simple and easy to make, which means that you should definitely try it.
You will need the following ingredients:
- ½ cup boiled water, cooled
- ½ teaspoon witch hazel
- 15 drops tea tree oil
- 15 drops lavender oil
Here’s what you need to do – it’s very simple. You just have to pour the water into spray bottle (allow it to cool down first!). Add the remaining ingredients, screw on the top of the bottle, and shake gently to mix. That’s it. Your natural mosquito-repellent spray is ready to use. Use as needed. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.