The summer holidays are there, which will mean for many to fly to sunnier climes.
You will probably come back with a nice tan, a souvenir or two, and if you are something like me, a few mosquito bites!
Now I've heard a lot of stories about old women about how to prevent bites. Here are some of my special favorites:
Place marigolds around the house or garden.
Cut out sugary foods (they make you taste sweeter!)
Eat a lot of garlic (you exude its characteristic smell through your pores).
While some of these may sound dark, many people prefer these tricks to over-the-counter insect repellants, which usually contain high levels of DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). There have been a number of safety concerns regarding the topical use of this ingredient and it is also known to cause poor skin irritation. It stings my skin when used, which is never a good sign!
Here are some of our suggested natural alternatives to ward off mozzies and relieve the discomfort when you chew.
1. Mosquitoes come out to play when the sun goes down, so cover up in the evening. Wear light, long-sleeved tops and pants. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors.
2. Put a few drops of Citronella oil on the four corners of your bedding. This oil has a pungent citrus aroma that masks your natural carbon dioxide smell, which attracts insects. DEET works the same way.
3. Apply baking soda and water to one bite. It is believed that mosquitoes inject formic acid into bites, so the use of an alkaline substance helps to neutralize them.
4. Apply pure aloe vera. Aloe not only helps alleviate the swelling and general discomfort, it also speeds up the healing process.
Are you a mosquito magnet? If so, what tips and tricks have you found to work miracles?