Monday, August 13, 2018

Natural Mosquito Repellents & Mosquito Bite Remedy

Topsail Island, NC
My daughter just returned from a lovely vacation in Topsail Island, North Carolina. It's so serene and that water is so gorgeous with bits of turquoise blue. It reminds the water in the Caribbean. 
She said it was wonderful except for all the mosquitoes! 
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They were biting during the day around the pool and were even worse in the evening which was quite inconvenient when it was time to make s'mores! 

Not only do mosquitos cause those itchy bite welts that we are all familiar with, the can carry diseases including West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus. Some people are allergic to the proteins in the mosquito saliva and have a severe reaction which creates large red swollen areas that are hot to the touch. We have to take precautions when we are outside when there are biting mosquitoes. I don't know about you, but I hate spraying chemicals like DEET on my skin. I know products like OFF! work, but I'm a bit paranoid about certain chemicals. I like to take a more natural approach.

I'm also paranoid about companies, such as Mosquito Shield, who spray entire properties with undisclosed chemicals.

Are the Mosquito Shield chemicals safe?

Here are some natural repellents to help keep the little buggers away.

Essential Oils:

Recipe #1
Combine in a 16 oz spray bottle:
15 drops of lavender oil
3-4 tablespoons vanilla extract
10 drops of Lemon eucalypus oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
Fill the bottle with water and shake well.

Recipe #2
Combine in a 16 oz spray bottle:
15 drops of lavender oil
3-4 tablespoons vanilla extract
Fill the bottle with water and shake well.

Recipe #3
Combine in a 16 oz spray bottle:
15 drops of lavender oil
3-4 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup lemon juice
Fill the bottle with water and shake well.

Apply lavender essential oil to the pulse points. Lavender is an essential oil that is safe to use undiluted. 

Other mosquito repelling essential oils are Basil, Cedarwood, Citronella, Juniper, Lemon, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Pine, Geranium and Rosemary. A few drops of any of these oils need to be diluted in an oil or alcohol before applying to the skin.

Check your Clothes
Wear light colored clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. I always forget which they are attracted to, so I think mosquitoes come out more at night when it's dark!

Burn a candle 
Light a candle but don't put it near you. The carbon dioxide it gives off will attract mosquitoes away from you. 

Blow them Away
Have a fan blowing near you. If the mosquito can't land on you due to the breeze, it can't bite you.
  
More Topical Remedies
Put Listerine in a spray bottle and spray it around you and/or on you.

Mix a 50/50 ratio of Listerine and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on you and/or around you.

Apply a little Vicks Vaporub.

Apply vanilla extract to the pulse points.


There are some commercial natural repellents that you can try.

All Terrain Herbal Armor. This natural repellent contains 6 oils that repel  insects. 

Jason Quit Bugging Me. This repellent contains Geranium, Soybean and Coconut oils. 

Burt's Bees natural Insect repellent contains Rosemary, Lemongrass, Cedar, Peppermint, Citronella, Clove and Geranium oils to repel.

Repel also makes a Natural Insect repellent and a Lemon Eucalyptus Repellent derived from the leaves of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree.


Mosquito Bite Remedy
So you tried to repel them but they bit you anyway! My favorite remedy for a mosquito bite is a mask containing mud or clay. Apply a thick layer of mask to a new bite. It seems to lessen the allergic reaction. I feel like the clay or mud draws out some if the mosquito saliva and it helps calm the histamine reaction. My favorite YonKa Masque 105 also contains healing essential oils to help calm and heal the bite faster.

Have a Beautiful Day!
  xo 
Jill

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2 comments :

  1. Oh wow.. natural homemade mosquito repellent... that's great.. I also believe that its better to have Best Homemade Mosquito Repellents | Mosquito Repellents... to that we can be safe from harmful chemicals ... thanks

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  2. Hey, nice tips for keeping mosquitoes away. This list of natural repellent to keep mosquitoes bite away is the best list. This natural mosquitoes repellent will definitely help me.

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