Sure you often use mosquito repellents and they seem to prevent the itchy bites from these insects, we all know that they are full of toxic chemicals which can cause harmful side-effects if they are ingested or absorbed into the skin.
For that reason, homemade repellents are so much better because they are safe, and still effective in protecting ourselves from mosquitoes.
It seems that the main thing for attracting mosquitoes are certain smells.
The most attractive people for mosquitoes are the ones with higher concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface and also those who produce certain acids, such as uric acid, in higher amounts.
These ingredients stimulate the sense of smell of the mosquitoes and lead them to a certain person.
Scientists discovered that people who give off larger amounts of carbon dioxide, like obese people and pregnant women, are attracting mosquitoes.
The bites of mosquitoes are not just annoying and itchy, but they also bring diseases and can spread them to people, such as:
Malaria – leads to fever, chills, and vomiting
Jamestown Canyon Virus – causes flu-like symptoms
West Nile – manifested by joint pain, rashes, fever, vomiting
Zika – related to birth defects
Snowshoe Hare Virus – causes rashes, dizziness, vomiting
Dengue – causes hemorrhagic fever
Chikungunya – leads to rashes, joint pain, and nausea
La Crosse Encephalitis – causes fever and nausea
Rift Valley Fever – leads to eye damage, dizziness, weakness
Yellow Fever – causes jaundice, chills, and vomiting
All over the world there are over 175 known types of mosquitoes, so we must learn how to prevent their bites.
Evidently, researchers have shown that vitamin B1 (thiamine), which is a water-soluble vitamin needed for the proper function of the body, can significantly boost the immune system and fight stress.
Vitamin b1 is present in foods like kale, cabbage, broccoli, onions, spinach, green beans, summer squash, eggplant, and sunflower seeds.
If it is taken in high amounts in the body, this it can a “yeasty” scent to mosquitoes, and they will no longer attack you.
We present you the homemade bug spray that contains only two ingredients, organic apple cider vinegar, and fresh parsley.
This is the method of preparation:
Add a handful of fresh parsley in a mortar and pestle, and 4 oz of apple cider vinegar. Mix the ingredients and leave the combination for a few hours.
After that, strain, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. If you like to give the spray a pleasant scent, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Spray this mixture all over the body, because it is completely safe and there are no side-effects. Keep it in the fridge for longer usage.
The video below will explain the entire method of preparation of the spray in several simple steps: