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Mosquito Madness! Few Ideas ~ Lori

Mosquito Madness! Few Ideas ~ Lori

Mosquito Madness! Few Ideas ~ Lori


Summer is fun and all, but it’s getting pretty muggy outside. And
the more humid it gets, the worse the mosquitos are. Can’t the cicadas all join up
and take them out? We need some help here.
There’s always the option of going with a store-bought repellant. But if you’re
against DEET, or if you just ran out . . . here are some ingredients that act as
natural mosquito repellants:

1. Lemon Eucalyptus Oil. The CDC has approved this oil as an effective
repellant against mosquitos.
2. Lavender. If you crush lavender flowers, its fragrance can repel mosquitos.
3. Thyme. Did you know that if you throw some thyme leaves on a campfire that
it can offer up to 85% protection for 60 – 90 minutes? And for a spray, mix 5
drops of thyme oil with 2 ounces of water.
4. Citronella. Probably the most common, and is already found in many
repellants. Outdoor citronella candles can provide up to 50% extra protection.

FYI: Some substances may also be a skin irritant or cause an allergic reaction.
You should spot test any new ingredients by applying the substance on a small
patch of skin first. And then wait an hour to check for any negative reactions.
And here is the best way to TREAT a mosquito bite, when they inevitably find
their way in and bite you anyway . . .
Over the counter meds like calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream should help
you with the itching . . . Or, if you’re looking for help using natural-ingredients, try
putting some apple cider vinegar on the bite.
And raw onion and freshly cut garlic can also provide some relief as well. (If you
don’t mind the smell.)

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