It's summer and mosquitoes and other insects come to make life complicated, that's why ecocosas brings you this recipe that works very well, that is not expensive to make and totally free of toxins, besides it does not smell bad like most of the toxics that They are sold in supermarkets and pharmacies.
Mosquitoes can be a nuisance when it comes to enjoying the outdoors. The slight buzz that reminds us of those annoying punctures that we receive when we least expect it. Soon after, the itching and swelling begins when our bodies react to the attack.
The itching and swelling can last from a few hours to weeks, also transmit diseases, some very serious, and can cause severe allergic reactions.
As with health, in order to avoid mosquito bites, we have to exercise prevention as a first step. This includes ridding our environment of many of the things that attract mosquitoes.
On the other hand, instead of using some of the more commercial mosquito repellent varieties that contain DEET (a deadly neurotoxin), we should take advantage of the many safe alternatives that are readily available to us today.
What is the best mosquito repellent, which works and without toxins?
The insects in general react to certain odors and some of the oils that I use in this recipe are totally repellent for them. This mosquito repellent serves both children and adults, its effect lasts a few hours and its toxic load is almost zero.
Materials to make our natural mosquito repellent
As materials we will need a small bottle with diffuser. They are very practical those of glass that can be reused.
We will need the following:
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
- 40 ml of witch hazel or rose water (rose water if we have roses by hand we can make it ourselves, as we will explain in the next section).
- 12 drops of citronella essential oil.
- 12 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
We mix all the ingredients and store it in the bottle with diffuser. This repellent is not spoiled and lasts for months without losing properties.
This repellent for mosquitoes, mosquitoes and other insects does not have the strong smell that traditional sprays have. It does not feel sticky on the skin either.
It can be placed directly on the skin, on the clothes or on the hair.
How to make rose water
We only need dried rose petals and water is something very simple
- A glass jar (a large canister with a wide mouth)
- 1/4 cup of dried rose petals
- 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) of hot distilled water
The petals are placed in the jar and the water is added. It is important that we put it at a maximum of 90 degrees. That is, do not let it boil to put it. We let it cool, we strain it and it's ready.
Eliminate our environment from things that attract mosquitoes
Apart from repelling mosquitoes with a natural product, it is important to avoid that our environment attracts them.
Mosquitoes are attracted to several things. If we are able to reduce or even eliminate some of these things, we can greatly reduce the incidence of mosquito bites.
Carbon dioxide / lactic acid: When we have been exercising or working hard, our bodies emit more carbon dioxide. So it is advisable not to exercise in the afternoon or evening, which is when more activity have the above.
On the other hand, we can also light candles or other sources of carbon dioxide to deter mosquitoes. In the exercise, lactic acid is released, to which mosquitoes are also attracted. As a preventive measure, you can reduce foods rich in salt or potassium in the diet, as they contribute to the release of lactic acid through sweat.
Dark clothes: Mosquitoes are very attracted to dark clothes. Some locate their hosts remotely, using this technique. It is recommended to wear light clothes when spending the night outdoors.
Fruity aromas: Another thing that attracts mosquitoes are certain aromas. Avoid perfumes, body lotions, and sunscreens. We also have to be aware of our use of fabric softeners, as they also attract mosquitoes.
Humidity: When you sweat, mosquitoes are attracted not only to the chemicals that are released as a direct result of sweating, but also to moisture around our body. Mosquitoes are also attracted to water, such as mud or wet plants and puddles of water, which helps facilitate the growth of young mosquito larvae.
To take into account not to leave stagnant water sources, since there reproduce the mosquitoes.
Other repellents for natural and home mosquitoes
Forget about using commercial varieties of mosquito repellent. The vast majority can affect our health, they also leave a very unpleasant smell on our skin.
Fortunately, in addition to the natural mosquito repellent that we have explained at the beginning, we can enjoy numerous plant-based oils, many of which do not require preparation.
Many of these oils must be applied several times (every couple of hours) to be effective. On the other hand, we benefit from its pleasant aromas.
The oils (mainly if they are essential) that work as a natural repellent against mosquitoes are:
- – Citronella oil
- – Lemon eucalyptus oil
- – Cinnamon oil
- – Castor oil
- – Rosemary oil
- – Lemongrass oil
- – Cedar oil
- – Peppermint oil
- – Clove oil
- – Geranium oil
We will make a mosquito trap with black pepper. The trap is made by reusing a bottle of water or soft drink, the bottom is painted or lined with something black.
Attracted by the black color of the trap, the females of this insect deposit their eggs inside the mixture of water and pepper, where only two out of 100 manage to mature. The spice also affects adult mosquitoes because it interferes with their ability to feed. In addition to cash, the method is simple and economical.
Some things to keep in mind about repellents
It is important to understand that there are several things that decrease the effectiveness of repellents. When looking for the effectiveness of the application of natural mosquito repellents, always make sure that:
1. Limit the use of sunscreen (if possible) or creams, as these reduce the effectiveness of repellents. Although we always have the option of using them on clothes instead of on the skin.
2. Reapply repellents when exposed to rain, sweat, or after a bath or shower.
3. Re-apply natural mosquito repellent when exposed to wind and high temperatures, as they can evaporate under these conditions.
It is important to make sure that the "natural products" we are using are made with 100% organic ingredients. In many conventional varieties they produce the products used by plants that have been treated with pesticides.
On the other hand, "natural" does not always mean security. Essential oils should be used sparingly. It is important to read the labels before applying. In case of doubt, consult a professional.