With spring here and summer approaching, insects have begun to move around and bite people and while insect repellents may be your first choice to protect yourself, some of them contain dangerous chemicals that can cause side effects if sprayed on open wounds or accidentally ingested. Luckily for us, there are several natural approaches to protect ourselves from insect bites. Here we will show you which vitamin to consume and how to make a natural mosquito spray in order to prevent mosquito bites .
Even though researchers are trying to pinpoint what attracts mosquitoes and what they look for when searching for humans to bite, some odors are thought to be what attracts them. For example, people with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface can attract more mosquitoes, as well as those who produce excess amounts of certain acids, such as uric acid. Any or all of these odors can trigger a mosquito’s sense of smell and lead them to a certain person.
What attracts mosquitoes the most are people who give off larger amounts of carbon dioxide such as people who are overweight or pregnant.
What many people don’t know or disregard is that mosquito bites are not just itchy and annoying but they can also carry diseases and spread them to humans.
- Zika – linked to birth defects
- Dengue – can lead to hemorrhagic fever
- West Nile – causes fever, joint pain, vomiting and rashes
- Malaria – causes fever, chills and vomiting
- Yellow Fever – can cause jaundice, chills and vomiting
- Chikungunya – can cause joint pain, rashes and nausea
- La Crosse Encephalitis – can cause fever and nausea
- Rift Valley Fever – can cause dizziness, weakness and eye damage
- Jamestown Canyon Virus – can cause flu-like symptoms
- Snowshoe Hare Virus – can cause dizziness, vomiting and rashes
Insects like mosquitoes are very resilient and the fact that there are more than 175 known species of mosquitoes only in the United States proves that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
This makes it very important for you to learn how to protect yourself from insect bites or more specifically mosquito bites.
Vitamin B1 to prevent mosquito bites
Vitamin B1 or thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin that your body needs to function properly and stay healthy. Thiamine can be found in foods such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, green beans, spinach, onions, summer squash, eggplant and sunflower seeds.
If your system has enough Vitamin B1, it will produce a “yeasty” smell to mosquitoes, making you unappealing for them.
Natural mosquito spray
This natural mosquito spray is quite easy to make since it requires only two ingredients: apple cider vinegar and fresh parsley.
- Add a handful of fresh parsley to a mortar and pestle.
- Add 4 oz of apple cider vinegar.
- Mash all the ingredients.
- Let the mixture sit for few hours, strain it and put it in a spray bottle.
For continued use, keep the mosquito spray refrigerated.
You can also add essential oils for a more pleasant scent.
The natural mosquito spray is safe for your skin and doesn’t have any harmful side effects.