Just as good weather is an essential part of summer, mosquitoes and other small bugs are also part of it.
These small, but annoying, creatures appear with greater intensity in times of heat and humidity.
It doesn’t matter what destination we go to anywhere in the world, as long as we think of places with warm temperatures and especially with humidity. Mosquitoes are the order of the day.
As we know, there are many types of mosquitoes and each with its own type of bite, but almost always the reasons why these tiny beings are attracted to our skin are very common and similar.
The myths that each person’s blood type is a factor that attracts more of these beings or that if a person has more glucose in their blood can be indicators to aggravate the number of bites are little verifiable.
But there are some things we can avoid to attract them and others to scare them away in a natural and simple way.
How not to attract them
We must avoid using floral fragrances in summer, as well as creams or body oils with very sweet smells.
It is better to use essential oil preparations such as lavender or citrus or opt for perfumes with more neutral and less intense aromas.
Curiously enough the hair spray contains some chemicals that attract mosquitoes and it is much better to use other types of fixatives in the form of gels and not spray, even if it is possible to avoid them is much better.
As we know, light attracts them powerfully. If we are in some dinner or evening in the garden, it is important that the candles are not fruity smells much less.
How to scare them away
There are candles with citronella essential oil that acts as a natural repellent. In addition, it is very important to apply anti-mosquito repellents on the skin and at dusk try to wear clothing, although light, covers more our arms and legs.
There are natural plants that are potent natural repellents so if you have a garden, having them on hand is a big help. However, we can buy bunches of these plants and place them in vases as floral arrangements.
Some of these plants can also be used in our diet and in our most refreshing drinks, such as mint, lavender or basil.
Summer plants with anti-mosquito powers
- Citronella. It has a very strong citrus aroma and unpleasant for insects. In addition, this strong odor masks other sweet odors that may attract mosquitoes.
- Basil. It has a compound called estragol that repels mosquitoes, besides giving it that characteristic aroma.
- Lavender. Their famous smell is very unpleasant for mosquitoes, which makes them stay away.
- Mint. It is also its characteristic aroma that is responsible for mosquitoes not getting close.
Natural and homemade recipes
Finally I leave a small list of homemade preparations, which will serve as natural remedies to prevent bites, treat the itching they cause and also a remedy to heal the skin after a bite.
These home remedies can be used in children and pregnant women.
Natural Anti-Mosquito Repellent
Ingredients and materials
- 40ml distilled water or lavender hydrolate
- 10ml of Vodka or 99% organic alcohol
- 5 drops of Mint Essential Oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- A Vaporizer
- A Funnel
- Introduce the water and alcohol through the funnel into the vaporizer,
- Shake to mix more homogeneously.
- Add the drops of essential oil of mint and rosemary. You can change the type of essential oil (lavender, citronella, etc.).
- Apply as a vaporizer to the body. Avoid contact with eyes.
Anti-itch soothing spray
- 50ml distilled water or lavender hydrolate
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 5 drops of citronella essential oil
Mix the ingredients in a jar to spray on the stings when necessary.
Balm Anti-Itch Repairer
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon candelilla wax
- ¼ teaspoon marigold oil
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5-10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- Melt the shea butter in a bowl in a bain-marie.
- Remove from heat. Add avocado oil and candelilla wax. Melt over low heat and mix.
- Add calendula oil and essential oils.
- Remove from heat.
- Leave to cool at room temperature and when dry beat a little to give it a soft texture.
- Cover and store.
Use with clean skin on mosquito bites.