Even though mosquito repellents may seem like an obvious option to protect you from itchy bites this summer, some sprays on the market contain toxic chemicals that have dangerous side effects if absorbed through the skin or if accidentally ingests them. Fortunately, there are several more natural approaches to protecting yourself from these disturbing insects.
Although researchers do not yet really know what a mosquito exactly looks for when it stings a human, it is thought that certain smells can be one of the main culprits. People with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on the surface of their skin attract more mosquitoes, as well as those who produce excessive amounts of certain acids, such as uric acid. All these substances can trigger the smell of a mosquito, leading them to a certain person.
Scientists also believe that people who emit large amounts of carbon dioxide, such as those who are overweight or pregnant, attract mosquitoes. People give off more carbon if they play outside the ball than if they were sitting in the middle of a fire.
Unfortunately, their bites are not just boring itches. They can also carry diseases and transmit them to humans.
Mosquitoes are known to carry the following diseases:
Zika virus: linked to congenital anomalies
Dengue: can cause hemorrhagic fever
West nile virus: causes fever, joint pain, vomiting and rash
Malaria: causes fever, chills and vomiting
Yellow fever: can cause jaundice, chills, and vomiting
Chikungunya: may cause joint pain, rash and nausea
Lacrosse encephalitis : can cause fever and nausea
Rift Valley fever: may cause dizziness, weakness and eye damage
Jamestown Canyon Virus: May Cause Flu-like Symptoms
Snowshoe Hare Virus: May cause dizziness, vomiting, and rash
With more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes in the world, they will not go away anytime soon, so it’s important to learn how to protect yourself from them.
Vitamin B1 repels mosquitoes!
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is a water-soluble vitamin that your body needs to function properly and stay healthy. This vitamin is present in foods such as broccoli, onions, green beans, summer squash, kale, spinach, cabbage, eggplant and sunflower seeds, and it plays an important role in fight against stress and stimulation of the immune system.
What does this have to do with mosquitoes? If you have enough Vitamin B1 in your system, you have an unattractive yeast odor for these little animals. Do not worry, people will not be able to feel it! But when the mosquitoes feel it, they will turn to another target.
Another natural remedy!
You can also try to make a homemade spray. You can find many recipes on the internet, but in this one only two ingredients are needed; fresh parsley and apple cider vinegar.
- Add a handful of fresh parsley in a mortar.
- Add 120ml of apple cider vinegar.
Crush the ingredients.
Let the mixture sit for a few hours.
Filter the mixture and put it in a spray bottle.
Keep the mixture in the refrigerator.
You can add essential oils for a nice scent, if you wish.
This mixture is safe for your skin and has no side effects. Watch the video below to find out how!
You can display the subtitles choose in French. Press play then go to “yes” subtitles options , then translate automatically then French