11 Natural Tips to Repel Mosquitoes

Are those pesky mosquitoes crashing your pool party? Now that summer is in full swing, these uninvited guests like to come out and play. Instead of reaching for that can of chemical spray, you may be able to prevent those unwanted bites using natural methods. Try the following suggestions to shield yourself from the swarm of mosquitoes so you can enjoy a bite-free summer all season long!

Musk for Mosquitoes

Our bodies emit natural odors that can often attract bugs and mosquitoes. Our diets and activity levels can also determine if we will become bait for mosquitoes.

Bust the Bite with B1: B1, also known as thiamin, is a water-soluble vitamin that not only functions in carbohydrate metabolism, but may also help those pesky mosquitoes hit the road! Some studies show that B1 produces a skin odor that repels female mosquitoes. To stock up on B1 make sure to include whole grains, eggs, brazil nuts, pecans, and oranges in your diet. Feed your body, not the mosquitoes!

Don’t Sweat it: When we exhale, we release carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes. Therefore, be careful not to overexert yourself with heavy exercises or outdoor activities. The heavy panting will only attract more mosquitoes. Pregnant women are also at risk because they produce a greater-then-normal amount of exhaled carbon dioxide.


Stop the Scratching

Instead of spraying harsh chemicals on your skin that leave an unpleasant odor, opt for natural oils that will not only soothe your skin, but repel those nasty bugs!

Citronella Essential Oil: Apply this essential oil or blend it with other citrus oils to fend off those bugs!  Studies have shown it to be an effective insect repellant. Reapply the oil to your skin every 30 to 60 minutes. You may also try burning citronella essence when you are outdoors.

Vanish Bugs with Vanilla: Vanilla might be your favorite ice cream flavor, but the bugs are sure to disagree: vanilla is another natural scent that repels bugs. Make sure to get a pure vanilla extract that doesn’t contain sugar or preservatives, or you may actually attract more bites! Combine one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract with one tablespoon of water and mix well. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply to your skin as needed about every 30 to 45 minutes.

More Sensational Scents: Oil up with more delicious options! Lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass, fennel, basil, peppermint, rosemary, geranium, thyme, and castor oil may also help keep the bugs at bay.


Natural Relief from the Bite

If you are bitten and find yourself scratching away, try the following remedies to put a stop to the itch!

Gone with Garlic: Not only does it protect you against Count Dracula, but raw garlic can put a stop to that itch. Mix some raw garlic with fresh lemon juice and apply to the infected area.

Bust the Bite with Baking Soda: This household essential has many uses, one of which is relieving an itch. Mix baking soda with water to make a paste. Apply this mixture to the bite to stop the scratching.

• Aloe Alleviates Itching: In addition to relieving sunburn, aloe vera may help soothe itchy bites. Apply some of the natural aloe vera gel onto your skin and enjoy the cooling sensation.


Create a Bug-Free Zone

To further ensure a mosquito-free zone, make sure your garden or backyard doesn’t become a breeding ground for the buzz!

Miles of Marigolds: These beautiful flowers fend off the mosquitoes with their scent. Plant some in your backyard or garden and enjoy a scratch-free zone.

Toss the Trash: Stagnant water in your birdbath, garbage cans, crevices of plastic toys, and unattended food will almost always attract flies, gnats, and mosquitoes. Make sure to keep your outdoor area as clean as possible.

Wear White: Opt for white and lighter colors--dark colors attract mosquitoes. Why? Because their targets are often found in the dark foliage, mosquitoes fly towards darker colors.

You can discover more natural tips for warding off insects and enjoying a healthy summer in The Natural Health Dictionary, a comprehensive guide that answers all your questions about natural remedies, healing herbs, healthy foods, vitamins, and supplements. You may also be interested in Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100, which is now available on Kindle.

I hope that these suggestions will help you enjoy a bug-free season all summer long! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy

—Dr. Mao

This blog is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented.

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