Summer time! The good weather is here, and of course the unpleasant mosquito bites too. Although they are annoying just by itself, the importance of protecting yourself against this small bloodsucking thing is so high because experts warn they can spread various diseases. To protect yourself and keep the mosquitoes away, you can buy various sprays but full of chemicals, or simply you can try all natural repellent sprays, that are safe for children and adults.
Many plants are rich in essential oils, thus have the power to block the breathing ability of the mosquito, and are highly effective in combating them. Among these herbs the most common are mint, lavender, yarrow, and chamomile. These plants are widespread, cheap and effective.
DIY Mosquito Repellent Recipes
Recipe № 1
To begin with preparation you will need:
- medical alcohol,
- and any of the above mentioned herbs.
Boil a cup of water, and put in the boiling water 3-4 tablespoons of dried herbs of your choice (it would be best if you mix several of them). Cover it, and let it cool down. At the end mix with a little alcohol, pour it into a spray bottle, and your spray is finished and ready to use.
Although this spray is very effective you should avoid the use of alcohol if it is intended for children because it is not adapted to their skin. You can skip the alcohol or you can add some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar instead.
Recipe № 2
This recipe is somewhat stronger and more intense does not contain alcohol. You will need:
- a liter of apple cider vinegar
- and about 10 tablespoons of dried herbs of your choice (sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme and mint), and again it is best if you mix them.
Put the dried herbs in a jar with airtight lid, pour the vinegar, and let it stay at room temperature for about 2-3 weeks. It is important that the mixture is shaken on a daily basis.
After the period of 2-3 weeks pour the liquid into bottle and keep it cool.
Before use, mix the aromatic vinegar with water in 1:1 ratio and pour it into a spray bottle.
Although these are unaltered, natural ingredients, you should take into account whether and how children’s skin reacts and you should advise a doctor.
If the bite does occur after all, there is a solution in nature once again.
It is a combination of essential oils with clay powder, which can be purchased in healthy food stores. Simply apply the mixture to the bite and let it dry. This helps even people who have allergic reaction on mosquito bites.