Natural Prevention + Relief from Mosquito Bites
You enjoyed a beautiful evening out at a back yard BBQ, only to wake up and realize tiny mosquito bumps all over your body. For being so tiny, mosquitoes sure can put a huge damper on your life. The key is to know how to keep them away, and also how to treat a bite if one slips in.
There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world, about 200 of which occur in the US. Learn how to not be a victim of the bite any longer. More mosquito FAQ here.
Common Things that Attract Mosquitoes
- Perfume and Scented Lotions: Fragrances are known to attract mosquitoes. Floral scents are especially attractive.
- Hot body temperature and sweat: Mosquitoes are attracted to heat as well as water for breeding purposes. Try staying as cool and dry as you can to avoid the attraction.
- Be aware that bananas may also attract. Dr. Janet Starr Hull says: “there’s something about how your body processes the banana oil that attracts these female sugar-loving insects.”
- Any form of light: Head lamp, light bulbs, flashlights.
Action Steps to Avoid Mosquito Bites:
- Staying inside around dawn and dusk.
- Make sure you drain all standing water around your area as mosquitoes require water to breed.
- Try to wear loose fitting clothes that are lite in color.
- Stay in the breeze. Mosquito can fly only eight m.p.h., so it doesn’t take much to blow them away.
Powerful Natural Prevention
- Eat garlic: Mosquitoes are very sensitive to garlic and will stay away from skin and a body that is full of it.
- Cinnamon leaf oil: One study found it was more effective at killing mosquitoes than DEET
- Apply clear liquid vanilla extract mixed with olive oil to the skin.
- Wash with citronella soap,as well as put 100% pure citronella essential oil on your skin.
- Catnip oil: One study has shown this oil is 10 times more effective than DEET.
- Lavender essential oil is a natural and effective mosquito repellent.
- Osana All Natural Mosquito Repellent
Naturally Soothing the Bites
Once these bites have taken over, the only desire you may have is to scratch, and scratch. . .yet scratching releases more histamines in the body, which makes the bite itch more. Try these remedies for relief and healing of the skin.
- Aloe vera: It contains over 130 active compounds and 34 amino acids that are beneficial to your skin.
- Tea Tree oil: Helpful for healing cuts, burns, infections and a multitude of other skin afflictions. It is also a good antimicrobial, including fungal infections
- Raw organic honey: An especially powerful variety is Manuka honey from New Zealand, made from bees that feed on flowers of the Manuka bush, also known as the “Tea Tree.”
- Ice: A shock of cold therapy will provide relief for itching and keep you from swelling more
- Baking Soda: Create a paste of baking soda and water to relieve itching and inflammation.