Updated: Sep 20, 2019
Kick off your summer with some of the best DIY bug repellent recipes we could find . Also, checkout our natural skin care line.The key is to prep early, I love the simplicity of addressing it from within.
Everything you need to know to beat the heat and enjoy every outdoor activity and invite all summer long.
Insect Protection=Take B1st
Vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine) is an essential vitamin your body needs. It can be found in foods such as yeast, oatmeal, brown rice, asparagus, kale, liver and eggs and is important in fighting stress and boosting immunity.
As one of the water-soluble vitamins, any excess that your body doesn’t use gets flushed out when you urinate.
Vitamin B1has the potential to change the way you smell to the mosquitoes. When you have enough B1, your systems tend to smell “yeasty” to mosquitoes, making you unappealing to bite.
It doesn’t, however, change the way you smell to other humans, so don’t worry about smelling like stale bread.
The research on this is still inconclusive, but since taking extra thiamin everyday has no adverse effects, it might be worth a try. I’ve personally tried this remedy myself with amazing resultsand have seen the same results in others that I have suggested this to.
Certain conditions can lower thiamine in the body such as chronic alcoholism, Crohn’s disease, anorexia and gastric bypass. Individuals with these conditions may benefit health-wise from taking an extra supplement.
Sounds too good to be true? Why not give it a shot. Take 100 mg of thiamin every day. Within two weeks, you should start noticing a decrease in the amount of times you’re whacking these pests to stay away from your body.
So no worries poolside, at the outdoor birthdays, tropical vacations, at picnics, on your cruise or at BBQ parties. B1st always.
There are plenty of great all natural repellants like All Terrain Herbal Armour repellant and Quantum Buzz Away.
If you get the All Terrain, it comes in a Kid’s version and it is recommended for ages 1 and up and must be applied every two hours. It is highly recommended by Consumer Reports. With Buzz Away, protection last 4 hours for mosquitoes and 2.5 hours for ticks. Now, this is important if you plan to go fishing. Don’t use a deet product because it will deter the fish away and no big catch for you.
Both mentioned products are effective, safe and deet-free. You are probably asking, deet-free? What’s that? Well, it is a synthetic chemical Diethyl-meta-toluamide, also called DEET (/diːt/) or diethyltoluamide, it is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents. It is a slightly yellow oil intended to be applied to the skin or to clothing and provides protection against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, chiggers, leeches and many biting insects. DEET not to be confused with DDT (banned in 1972) can interfere with neurons and receptors located on the mosquito’s antennae and mouth-parts that detect chemicals such as lactic acid and carbon dioxide.
Insect repellents containing DEET have been tested and approved by the FDA as safe for kids, but you should take some precautions when using them.
It is known to cause insomnia, irritate the eyes and in intense doses may induce neurological damage. In very rare cases DEET has been reported to impair the nervous system, with symptoms including seizures, tremors and slurred speech, most often after exposure to high concentrations of the chemical.
Choose a repellent with no more than 10% to 30% concentration of DEET if you do not have access to the Naturals repellant mentioned above.
OFF! Deep Woods Dry Insect Repellent (25% DEET) provides protection from more than mosquitoes. OFF! Deep Woods® Dry Insect Repellent protects against biting flies, gnats, and chiggers too. OFF! also makes a formula called Deep Woods Sportsmen Insect Repellent which contains 98.25% DEET and repels mosquitoes for up to 10 hours. It contains one the highest percentages on the market.
You have to be your best health advocate and decide what’s best for you, your family and what you are open to exposing yourselves to. Just remember you absorb 70% of what you put on your skin. So if you want to stay chemical feee opt for a DIY formula.
Earthychicz DIY Natural Mosquito Repellent
• 2 tablespoons neem seed oil
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil fractionated works best)
• 10-15 drops of citronella essential oil
If necessary, melt coconut oil. Mix together all ingredients and store in a small jar with an eye dropper top. To use, rub sparingly onto exposed skin.
Note: You should not use neem seed oil if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, as it is an abortifacient.
I love neem and this mixture worked so well for me, but it may not be for every body. It’s important to trial and error and see what’s works best for you.
If you plan on doing some outdoor entertaining this summer, consider making a DIY Mosquito Repellant Candle.
• Pint mason jars or small fish bowl
• Floating candles
• Basil, Rosemary
• Aura Cacia Lemongrass essential oil
1. Slice one lemon and one lime (this will be enough for two candles).
2. Add a couple of slices of lemon and lime to the jar.
3. Add a couple of sprigs of basil or rosemary. You can use both is you like.
4. Fill jar with water up to threads.
5. Add in 10 – 15 drops of lemongrass oil.
6 . Stir.
7. Add in floating candle.
8. Light the candle and enjoy a pest free summer!
Don’t take my word for it, if you want to experiment with other recipes, check out these sites:
• 20+ Natural Insect Repellent Recipes for a Bug Free Summer [The Prairie Homestead] https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/07/natural-homemade-insect-repellent-recipes.html
• DIY Non-Toxic Bug Spray [An Organic Wife] https://wellnessmama.com/2565/homemade-bug-spray/
• Safe Bug Repellent [Raising Natural Kids] https://raisingnaturalkids.com/safe-bug-repellent/