There’s plenty to love about the summertime: sunshine, beach days, vacations, barbecues, and bonfires. Yet in the midst of all the summer fun there is but one pesky adversary. Bugs. In particular, mosquitoes. It’s hard to go just about anywhere during this time of year without the resulting red bumps and constant itchiness that could drive any sane person over the edge. Whether indoors or outdoors, these little guys never give up the hunt. And often times not even creams or sprays, which can contain harmful and unhealthy chemicals, is enough to combat them. Lucky for us, though, more effective and natural ways to fight back against mosquitoes do exist.
Not only is garlic loaded with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that offer numerous health benefits, but it contains an active ingredient called allicin. If you have a high allicin blood count from eating garlic, mosquitoes will avoid your blood. Reap immune system boosting benefits, and keep those pesky bloodsuckers at bay all while incorporating this tasty seasoning into your diet.
Citronella, Basil, Marigolds, Catnip, Beebalm (also called Horsemint), and Lavender are all proven mosquito and insect repellants. The scent these plants give off are pleasant to us, but irksome to mosquitoes and will send them on their way. Plant some in your garden, or place them inside your home.
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Recommended by the Centers of Disease Control, this essential oil is an effective combatant against mosquitoes and provides similar protection to low concentrations of DEET. It contains an active ingredient called cineole which repels insects and has antiseptic properties.
Walk into almost any store and you’ll find a variety of mosquito-repelling products containing citronella: candles, lanterns, creams, sprays, and etcetera. While Citronella is a popular and beneficial ingredient to ward off skeeters, many of the products on those shelfs contain chemicals that’ll cause more harm than good for yourself and your family. This all natural essential oil keeps the insects off without the worry of unwanted toxic ingredients.
Not only does Lavender oil have a soothing, calming scent, but it holds effective mosquito-repelling power. Offering many beneficial health uses, lavender oil is great for skin care, relieving tension, sleep aid and relaxation. Some folks have also used it as a fabric freshener and deodorizer, and even to repel moths.
Please Note: Rules for Essential Oil Use
Essential oils should not be applied directly to skin in their concentrated, undiluted form. Unless under the care of a qualified practitioner, they are not for internal use. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Keep out of reach of children and pets. Essential oils are sensitive to heat and light so be sure to store them in cool, dark places and tightly sealed. Plenty of recipes are available online or in books for more.