• How to protect yourself from mosquitoes naturally

    October 10, 2016 • BEAUTY

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    With the warmer weather and rains comes the inevitable arrival of mosquitoes. It is possible to keep bugs and mosquitoes away without the use of insecticides and harmful chemicals, such as DEET. In this blog post we share some of the most effective ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes naturally.

    DEET (N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide) is one of the most widely used ingredients in conventional insect repellents for personal use. Although the US Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of DEET, it is known to irritate eyes, cause rashes, soreness, or blistering when applied to the skin. It has also been linked to neurological problems. DEET has also been demonstrated to have a negative impact on wildlife and can be toxic to birds and aquatic life.   The burning of conventional mosquito coils can also emit dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde.

    Mosquitos are attracted to the heat of our bodies and chemicals in our sweat such as lactic acid, as well as the carbon dioxide we give off when breathing.  By applying a mix of essential oils to your skin or around you, the mosquitos are deterred by the smell.  We also recommend not wearing synethic perfumes that may contain pheromones!

    Essential oil natural mosquito repellent recipe

    Our DIY natural mosquito repellent adapted from Wellness Mama uses essential oils to keep mosquitoes and pesky insects away. Essential oils are highly effective at repelling mosquitoes, and this mix is ideal for spraying over clothing and gear.

    Ingredients 

    • 2-4 cups of pure and unrefined apple cider vinegar (make as little or as much as you like)
    • 2 tablespoons each of dried sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme and mint
    • 12 drops each of sagerosemarylavender and thyme essential oils

    Instructions

    1. Put the apple cider vinegar and dried herbs into a mason jar. Push the herbs down so they are covered by the liquid. Put the lid on the mason jar and store in a cool dry place out of the sun for 1-2 weeks. Each day, give the jar a shake.
    2. After 1-2 weeks, strain the herbs using a fine sieve, garni bag or nut milk bag. You may need to do this a few times to ensure all the herbs have been strained out.
    3. Add your essential oils to the stained apple cider vinegar solution.
    4. Fill your spray bottles (glass spray bottles are preferred). For a 100ml spray bottle, fill with approximately 1/4 cup of the apple cider vinegar solution or more if you require a stronger mix. Fill the remainder of the bottle to the top with distilled water.  Give the bottle a good shake. Keep in a cool, dry spot out of direct sunlight. Keep any excess in the fridge and top your bottles up when needed. If refrigerated, use within 6 months.

    Find the full recipe and more information here >

    Ready made essential oil blends

    Various ready made formulations are available such as Biome’s Mozzie Mist.  The more intense the concentration and smell, the longer the product will last.  You will need to reapply more often than with synthetic chemical versions.  Take care with babies, who should only have a weak dilution, and also pregnant women should seek advice before applying any essential oils.

    If you are bitten, a dab of tea tree or lavender onto the affected area will help relieve pain and itching.  As will the incredible Mosquito Click that uses piezoelectricity to inhibit the production of histamine at the site of the sting or bite, thereby reducing itching and inflammation.

    Other simple ways to repel insects

    • Use a non-toxic mosquito protection wristband or clip, such as these by Para’Kito, which diffuse a blend of 7 plant essential oils
    • Burn a sandalwood mosquito diffuser, which contains no harmful chemicals or paraffin
    • Wear suitable clothing, such as light coloured clothing, long sleeves and long pants
    • At night, create a physical barrier with a mosquito net
    • Limit mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water

    Shop our range of natural mosquito repellent and products to soothe bites here >

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