Although summer is all about fun and going to the local swimming hole to cool off, it’s also a painful reminder that mosquitos are out there, just waiting for a bite to eat. In the wake of the recent outbreak of the Zika virus, it’s very important to known how to protect your home and family during the torrid days of summer against the pesky bloodsuckers.
Probably the most accessible mosquito repellant on the market is the infamous DEET-based spray – it’s cheap, and you can find it at virtually any supermarket and corner store. However, do keep that long-term exposure to DEET can be dangerous, as several studies have proved that there is a link between DEET and brain cells death.
So, instead of DEET-based sprays, we turn our attention towards more natural mosquito repellants. Please note that all the solutions we are going to present are efficient, time-honored, easy to prepare, and no experience is required.
1. Lavender – Most Efficient Mosquito Repellent
Lavender is not only used for perfumes, but it’s also one of the strongest mosquito repellants out there. Furthermore, lavender-based products are also used as analgesics and antifungals. To obtain a mosquito repellent, crush a handful of lavender flowers until a small amount of oil is obtained. Put this oil on your arms and ankles. You can also use it on other areas of your body.
2. Thyme Oil
The oil extracted from thyme is also a time-honored recipe for keeping mosquitos at bay. Just apply a few drops of this oil (which can be found in just about any shop) on those areas of your skin which are more prone to mosquito bites. If you are a fan of the great outdoors, you might want to bring along a couple of thyme leaves and throw them on the bonfire to keep those bloodsuckers at bay during the evening.
3. Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
To make your own lemon eucalyptus oil, you will need two things: sunflower oil/witch hazel and lemon eucalyptus oil (found in every drug store). Add one part of lemon eucalyptus oil and ten parts sunflower oil, mix, and apply it on your skin. Do keep in mind that you should refrain from using this mix on children under the age of three.
These are some of the most efficient, safe, natural, and popular mosquito repellants out there. All of the ingredients needed to prepare these concoctions can be found at any drug store. Have a mosquito-free summer.
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