Country Life: Mosquito Madness

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 5drops of thyme oil with 2 ounces of water

4. Citronella. Probably the most common, and is already found in manyrepellants. 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.)