Beside nice weather, summer brings unpleasant mosquito bites as well. Although they are annoying by their nature, the protection against these tiny bloodsuckers in this period is particularly important because experts warn that they can spread various infections.
For this purpose you can use sprays full of chemicals that can be found in every store, or you can choose much more natural option.
Many herbs have essential oils that can block breathing centers in mosquitos, so these herbs fight mosquitos very effectively. These herbs include peppermint, lavender, yarrow, and chamomile, says Dr. Ljubinka Stojkovic, herbalist.
These herbs are widely spread, they are not expensive and they are effective. To begin with, you will need water, medical alcohol, mint and lavender.
Boil a cup of water, then put 3-4 spoons of desired dried herbs into the hot water. It is best to use mixed herbs. You can add chamomile or yarrow into the mixture. Cover it and let it cool. At the end, mix your solution with a small quantity of alcohol, pour into a spray bottle, and your spray is done.
Although the spray is very effective, Dr. Stojkovic points out that alcohol should be omitted if the spray is meant for the children’s skin.
“You should most certainly omit the alcohol, if the spray is meant for children, because that is not good for their skin. In that case, you can use water solution, which is equally effective, or you can add lemon juice or apple cider”, our interviewee advises.
Try another recipe, which doesn’t include alcohol, but it is stronger and more intense. You will need a liter of apple cider, about 10 spoons of dried herbs of choice (sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme and mint). Mixed herbs are the best.
Put the herbs in a jar with an airtight lid, pour the vinegar, and leave it at room temperature for about 2-3 weeks. It is important that you shake your mixture every day.
After the required time, drain the mixture, pour the liquid into a bottle and keep it in the refrigerator.
Before use, mix aromatic vinegar with water in the ratio of 1:1, pour the solution into a spray bottle and use it as a spray.
Even though these ingredients are completely natural, you should pay attention to if and how the children’s skin reacts. If a mosquito bites you anyway, there is a natural solution for that as well.
“Essential oils help even after the bite, and they are the best when combined with clay powder, which can be bought in health food stores. Simply apply clay and essential oils to the bite and leave it to dry. This is even helpful to those people who are allergic to mosquito bites”, says Dr. Ljubinka Stojkovic.