Summertime calls most of us to spend time outdoors, but this means we must share our space with mosquitoes. Scientists say that about one in five people are especially appetizing targets for the little bloodsuckers… are you one of them?
For some, this isn’t too big of a deal, as mosquito repellent has been on the market since 1956.
Although mosquito repellent may seem like the obvious go-to for protecting yourself from itchy bites this summer, some sprays on the market contain toxic chemicals that have dangerous side effects if absorbed into the skin or accidentally ingested.
Protecting yourself from mosquito bites not only prevents that horrid itching but can also lessen your chances of contracting several mosquito-borne illnesses, such as encephalitis, yellow fever, malaria, West Nile virus, or dengue.
Fortunately, there is one common vitamin that when ingested, produces an odor on our skin which is repellent to mosquitos but undetectable by humans.
Vitamin B1 repels mosquitoes!
Vitamin B1 also referred to as thiamine, is an essential mineral for the body which is important in boosting immunity and fighting stress. It is usually found in foods like brown rice, eggs, oatmeal, sunflower seeds, liver, yeast, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, and kale.
What’s incredible about the relationship between Vitamin B1 and mosquitoes is it has the potential to change the way you smell to the little buggers. Those with enough Vitamin B1 in their systems tend to smell “yeasty” to mosquitoes, making them unappealing to bite.
The recommended dosage is 50mg 2 times a day. Within two weeks, you should start noticing a decrease in the amount of times you’re uncomfortably smacking these pests away from your body.
If taking thiamine doesn’t work for you, try this all natural mosquito repellent recipe to help you avoid having to use chemical warfare on your body as a repellent.
All natural mosquito repellent
- 15 drops tea tree oil
- 15 drops lavender oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of witch hazel
- Cooled boiled water
- Fill an 8oz. spray bottle halfway with boiled water
- Add the witch hazel, tea tree oil, and lavender oil
- Use the repellent when needed