Chemical-based mosquito repellents run the risk of causing allergies and rashes on the skin. Most chemical-based mosquito repellents contain DEET, which is a combination of different chemical ingredients. Check your repellent before you use it, as ones containing more than 50% DEET can be harmful to your health.
Instead of depending on chemical-based repellents, why not turn towards natural remedies? There are many easily available alternatives which reduce the number of chemical products you apply to your skin. As is the case with any new oils you try, apply a little to a small patch of skin on your arm first to ensure you're not allergic to it. Here are a few natural mosquito repellents you can use -
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
A well-known natural repellent, mix one-part lemon eucalyptus oil to ten parts sunflower oil. Fill it into a spray bottle and use as your own DIY mosquito repellent. The best part is, you know exactly what has gone into your repellent!
Citronella is oil extracted from a species of lemongrass and is a commonly used mosquito repellent. If you're sitting outside, tall incense sticks scented with citronella are available – which can be lit to repel mosquitoes. Their smaller counterparts are also available to light inside the house. A few drops of citronella oil, dotted over your skin can also provide effective protection from mosquitoes
Blend of Eucalyptus and Lavender Oil
Eucalyptus oil has a strong smell, which can sometimes lead to headaches. Use in combination with lavender oil to create a homemade mosquito repellent spray. Mix 15 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of eucalyptus oil into 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Combine well and transfer into a spray bottle. The lavender oil with add a pleasant aroma to the spray and the eucalyptus will add freshness.
Other than these mosquito-repelling treatments, it is also important to know what to do to treat mosquito bites. If you're one of the lucky ones, the sign of a mosquito bite may just be a tiny red dot against your skin
. However, more often than not, bites itch and bother and result in redness and light swelling.
A tiny drop of honey, when applied to the bite, can reduce inflammation and discomfort.
Dab a little apple cider vinegar on to a cotton swab and apply it to the bite. The vinegar will reduce inflammation and itching and also disinfect the bite if you have scratched it too much.