I've said it before and I'll say it again: mosquitoes are the worst. The constant buzzing and the irritating, itchy bites are just horrible. While the over-the-counter mosquito repellents are certainly a quick, effective, and relatively inexpensive way to avoid contact with these annoying bugs, they're also loaded with nasty chemicals that are incredibly toxic if ingested. In large amounts, the toxicity may even be absorbed through the skin.
Currently, scientists are still not entirely sure what causes certain people to be more prone to being bitten, but it's believed that scent plays a big role. People who have higher concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on the surface of the skin, or have skin which produces higher concentrations of certain acids seem to be more likely to attract mosquitoes. Additionally, people who produce larger amounts of carbon dioxide - such as those who are pregnant or overweight - also attract more mosquitoes.
Besides the annoying bites, mosquitoes are also carriers of multiple dangerous diseases such as:
- Yellow Fever - causes chills, jaundice, and vomiting
- Malaria - causes vomiting, fever, chills
- Zika - causes birth defects
- West Nile - causes rashes, fever, joint pain, and vomiting
- Dengue - causes severe, hemorrhagic fever
- Chikungunya - causes rashes, joint pain, and nausea
- Jamestown Canyon - causes flu-like symptoms
- Snowshoe Hare - causes vomiting, rashes, dizziness
- Rift Valley Fever - causes eye damage, dizziness, weakness
- La Crosse Encephalitis - causes nausea and fever
There are 175 different kinds of mosquitos in the United States, which could be carrying any of these diseases. That's why it's important to know how to keep you and your family safe.
Believe it or not, vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, can apparently help repel mosquitos! This water-soluble vitamin is essential for good health as it helps boost immunity and reduce stress. Good sources of B1 include kale, spinach, cabbage, eggplant, onions, broccoli, green beans, summer squash, and sunflower seeds.
Having enough B1 causes the body to produce a "yeasty" smell that is undetectable to humans but is incredibly unattractive to mosquitos.
You can also keep away mosquitos by making your own DIY, all-natural bug spray. There are a lot of different recipes out there, but we recommend using this one, which uses organic apple cider vinegar and fresh parsley.
To make the spray, start by adding a handful of fresh parsley leaves and four ounces of organic apple cider vinegar to a mortar and pestle. Mash the leaves thoroughly and let the mixture sit for several hours, or overnight. Next, strain out all the solids and pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Store in the fridge, and feel free to add essential oils of your choice to enhance the smell.
This bug spray is totally safe and non-toxic. Learn how to make it in the video below.
H/T: Healthy Food House