Spring and summer are the ideal time to enjoy outdoor activities like gardening, walks to the park, sitting by the riverside and the like. Mosquitoes can often be a nuisance in such cases leaving a red spot on the skin. Not only that, these tiny insects can be a vector of deadly life-taking disease. While covering up the skin is the best option for decreasing attacks from such bug bites, it is not always realistic. The basic considerations to reduce the incidence of mosquito bites is through the elimination of things that attract mosquitoes like carbon dioxide or lactic acid released from the body during the workout, dark clothing, fruity or flowery fragrances and moisture.
But despite such safety measures, these insects can often create the disturbing situation. In such cases, repellants turn out to be a reliable defense strategy to keep these nasty insects at bay. There is various type of mosquito repellants available in the market, but users should be cautious while opting for the chemical based repellants as they sometimes contain harmful chemicals which can have an effect on the human body. To avoid any such hassles and risks it is recommended to explore DIY natural mosquito repellent options which can be both safe and effective for such purpose.
Synthetic vs. Natural repellants
The most effective mosquito repellants in the market contain an increased concentration of diethyl-meta-toluamide a chemical which is absorbed through the skin and travels through the bloodstream. It has been observed to produce complications to the central nervous system as well as the reproductive system, causing behavioral changes and having harmful interactions with several medications. Due to its strong impact on the body, it is highly recommended not to be used by children and pregnant women. On the other hand, the natural repellants are made of herbal ingredients with several tested and tried scientific studies mitigating the risk of allergic reactions on the body as well as safe for use by children and nursing mothers.
Ingredients for homemade remedies
There are various different home remedies which can be experimented with to find out which compound works the best, as different users are known to have different effects on the body with respect to these ingredients. A promising and reliable substance for repelling mosquitoes is the catnip oil, the active ingredient in the oil being Nepal alone which is 10times more effective than DEET. It can either be obtained by growing the perennial herb and getting the leaves crushed onto the skin or heat the leaves along with olive or canola oil and then refrigerate the same.
Lemon Eucalyptus when mixed with water and sprayed onto the exposed skin, keeps mosquitoes and bugs at bay. 15 to 30 drops of Citronella oil when mixed with a bottle of water and sprayed onto the skin acts as an effective mosquito repellant. Soya bean oil can also be considered among the list of reliable DIY natural mosquito repellent options that can be effective for repelling mosquitoes while maintaining a safe and healthy environment.