How to Protect Yourself Against Mosquitoes

08/10/2017

 

After a busy day, sometimes all you want to do is spend the evening relaxing outside on your porch. It seems like the perfect way to unwind until you get some unexpected visitors – the dreaded mosquitoes. Your first thought might be to grab some insect repellent, but some of these can contain chemicals that may be harmful to humans and animals. Luckily, there are natural repellents that you can use that will protect you from these pesky insects.

4 Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Away:

  1. Essential Oils — Essential oils are a budget-friendly solution to keeping those pesky mosquitoes away. Any combination of citronella, lemon, basil, lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, or clove will do the trick of repelling mosquitoes. You can make your own spray by combining a bottle of Witch Hazel along with a few drops of any of the mentioned essential oils. There you have it – A natural spray that works!
  2. Lemon Balm — Modern life, with its constant sensory input, can put a burden on the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the part of the brain involved in high-order thinking, decision-making and problem-solving. Silence, or environments with low sensory input, help to restore the balance.
  3. Geraniums — Planting geraniums in your garden is a sure-fire way to repel mosquitoes. Geraniums have a lemon scent, similar to citronella. Planting these in your garden will give you the ability to enjoy time outdoors without being bothered by uninvited mosquitoes.
  4. Dress Appropriately — When outside, be sure to wear the right kinds of clothes. You’ll want to wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants. Avoid clothing that is too tight! Mosquitoes can bite through clothes that are tight against the skin. For extra protection, give your clothes a light spray of your essential oil repellent.

With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the final summer months outdoors while keeping mosquitoes at bay!