Summertime. Who doesn’t long for warm summer months with its abundance of sunny skies, seemingly endless days and trips to the beach? Unfortunately, on the flip side of all these pleasantries are swarms of mosquitoes. Yes, those pesky critters that like to siphon our blood, and the ensuing hand-smacking aftermath, are always part of the summer fun.
For a lot of people, the method to repel mosquitoes is no issue. Mosquito repellent has been around since the mid-50’s.
But for others, me included, the smell of commercial mosquito spray and the strange texture it gives the skin only slightly wins out over having red, itchy bumps all over the body. Not to mention the worrisome effects of diethyltoluamide, commonly known as DEET, that is used in most sprays.
Repel mosquitoes with Vitamin B1
Thiamine (Vitamin B1), is something your body needs because it plays a crucial role in enhancing your immunity. It is found in asparagus, brown rice, eggs, oatmeal and yeast. Also, it’s in the nutritional powerhouse kale. You know; that leafy green vegetable that almost no one wants to eat but they should.
What is interesting is the way that Vitamin B1 makes the skin smell to mosquitoes. It gives your skin a yeasty smell, which these mini-helicopters do not care for, so they will move on to a more “meatier” target. But don’t worry that you’re going to smell like a brewery if you take a lot of B1— this smell is something only the mosquitoes can detect.
The research on this is still inconclusive, but there’s nothing to lose by either eating the above foods that are rich in Thiamine, or by taking supplements. About 100mg per day should do the trick. It’s a water-soluble vitamin, so any access will get passed out through the urine.
Certain conditions may reduce Vitamin B1 in the body, such as excess drinking (Stevia might help people with alcoholism), Crohn’s disease and anorexia. People with these conditions could benefit by taking additional Vitamin B1.
It might take a couple of weeks for this vitamin to take effect for the little rascals to avoid you and move on to your nearby friend, so prepare ahead of time before going out on your camping trip or other outdoor activity.
If taking Thiamine/Vitamin B1 doesn’t repel mosquitoes, try this do-it-yourself natural mosquito repellent recipe. As always, the all-natural approach is better than the chemical approach.
Nature’s Mosquito Repellent— the DIY Way
The Magic Ingredients
Tea tree oil
Previously boiled water
Fill an 8 ounce spray bottle about halfway with previously boiled water. It should be cooled down first!
Add ½ tsp of witch hazel
Add 15 drops of tea tree oil
Add 15 drops of lavender oil
Spray to your heart’s desire, particularly around the feet and ankles.
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