Summer is the favorite season of millions, and it’s quite easy to see why. The hot summer days are perfect for spending your free time at the beach, swimming and just enjoying the sun. Summer is associated with pleasure and joy, but also with a blood-sucker whose name instills fear in millions – the mosquito.
Mosquitoes are small bugs that can be a big problem in the summer. They are tiny and unnoticeable until you hear them buzzing around your head and feel them biting your hands and joints. The bites are the worst – they can be itchy and painful, and are difficult to get rid of no matter what.
There are many mosquito repellents present on the market which promise incredible results, but DEET and other anti-mosquito products are ineffective and highly dangerous for your health as well, considering the amount of chemicals they contain. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that frequent exposure to these products can cause behavioral changes, so it’s safe to say they’re not the perfect mosquito solution. Luckily, there are many natural solutions that work great.
Here are the best natural mosquito repellents:
Synthesized plant oils
These oils are a great solution against mosquitoes. They work pretty great and are safer that DEET and similar products, but due to their artificial nature, they still contain chemicals. Lemon eucalyptus oil is one of the best synthesized oils against mosquitoes. It is derived from alanine, an amino acid and is highly effective in 30% concentration. Although safer than DEET, some people have experienced skin rashes and irritation.
Natural plant oils
These oils are a far better solution and repel mosquitoes without any side-effects. They need more time, however, so you need to be patient. On the other hand, the most popular plant-based mosquito repellent called citronella oil has been known to cause skin and eye irritation.
Picaridin is a great chemical repellent that has been recently invented. It works better than DEET and safer to use as well. It’s less harmful than the commercial solutions and hasn’t been associated with any adverse long-term side-effects.
Geraniol, also known as lemonol, is an oil derived from lemongrass. It can also be found in rose and citronella oil and is considered a quite effective mosquito repellent. Geraniol has pleasant aroma which is why it’s often being used in cosmetics. It works great as a mosquito and insect repellent and hasn’t been related to adverse side-effects.
Citronella oil is one of the most popular mosquito repellents in the world. It has a pleasant aroma and seems to work well, and comes from the lemongrass family. You can even use the oil on your skin or as an air freshener which can also keep insects away from your home.
According to newest studies, vitamin B1 isn’t only important for our health – it can also keep mosquitoes further away from our skin. Vitamin B1 can be found in rice, eggs, kale, asparagus and oatmeal, and helps us keep stress under wraps. It also has an effect on your body odor – it changes the way you smell to an aroma mosquitoes hate.
Here’s a simple recipe for a homemade mosquito repellent:
- A tablespoon of witch hazel
- 8 oz. distilled water
- 20 drops of lavender and tea tree oil each
Fill a spray bottle with the water and add the oils and witch hazel, then shake well so the ingredients can combine. Leave them to infuse for an hour, then spray the mixture on your skin and in your home to keep the pests away.