Summer is really the time when all the mosquitos seem to get out of their hideout and start to make a move. For many people, the first thing that comes to mind to repel all those mosquitos is using mosquito’s repellent products. But we all also know that those products contain toxic chemical which can be dangerous if it absorbed into the skin or ingested accidentally. Fortunately, there are some natural approach that can keep you away from those pesky bugs.
Up to this day, there still no clear explanation of what the mosquitos are looking for when they bite human’s body. However, there’s an indication that the cause are certain odors. Mosquitoes are attracted to people who has a high concentration of steroid or cholesterol on the skin.
Those who produce a large amount of certain acids, such as uric acid also attract more mosquitoes. All of those substance can trigger the sense of smell of mosquitoes and lead them to those certain person. Researchers also believe that people who release a larger amount of carbon dioxide like people who are overweight, pregnant women, tend to attract mosquitoes.
The problem with mosquitoes is not only because of the itchy sensation after they bite us. The bigger problem is because mosquitoes can spread diseases to human.
Here are some disease cause by mosquitoes:
- Chikungunya – this disease cause joint pain, rashes and nausea
- Malaria – this disease causes fever, chills and vomiting
- Dengue – this disease can lead to hemorrhagic fever
- Zika – this disease associated to birth defects
- West Nile – this disease causes fever, vomiting joint pain, and rashes
- La Crosse Encephalitis – this disease can cause nausea and fever.
- Rift Valley Fever – this disease can cause weakness, dizziness, and eye degradation
- Jamestown Canyon Virus – this disease can cause flu-like symptoms
- Yellow Fever – this disease can cause jaundice, chills and vomiting
- Snowshoe Hare Virus – this disease can cause dizziness, vomiting and rashes
There are more than 175 known species of mosquitoes in the United States. Of course you can’t just expect them all just be disappeared soon. So knowing how you can protect yourself from all those mosquitoes should be one of your priority.
Repel The Mosquitoes with Vitamin B1!
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is the kind of vitamin that your body needs in order to function properly and stay healthy. Some of the foods that contain vitamin B1 including onions, broccoli, green beans, cabbage, summer squash, eggplant, kale, spinach, and sunflower seeds. Vitamin B1 is very important in promoting the immune system and fighting stress.
So how do you vitamin B1 repel mosquitoes? By consuming enough Vitamin B1, your body will produce a “yeasty” smell to mosquitoes and make you less attractive to them. This smells can only be detected by mosquitoes, so you don’t’ have to worry about radiating the smell to people around you.
The Natural Bug Spray
Other than consuming foods that contain vitamin B1, you can also make a homemade bug spray to repel the mosquitoes. There are many recipes to make a natural remedy to repel mosquitoes, but this is a simplest one that only need 2 ingredients to make: organic apple cider vinegar and fresh parsley.
Here are how to make the bug spray:
Put a handful of fresh parsley inside a mortar and pestle
Add 100 grams of apple cider vinegar
Crush the ingredients together
Leave the mixture for several hours
Strain the mixture and put it inside a spray bottle
You can also add essential oil to add a pleasant scent
This bug spray is fully natural and perfectly safe for your skin. This will safe you some money and a lot of worry.