NATURAL TICK AND MOSQUITO REPELLENTS
Many tick repellents and pesticides are screened before use on skin, clothing, or around the yard. Despite them being considered safe and effective when used as directed, many people are reluctant to use them. For convenience, and variety, scientists have been developing all-natural chemical compounds made from plants extracts that can repel ticks. Natural repellents are beneficial as they do not cause toxic reactions on the skin and are the better choice for those with sensitive skin.
Some of these studies have led to the development of fungi as well as essential oils to kill ticks. Preparation and types of natural repellents used to vary and are dependent on the choice of the maker.
Body temperature, light, heat, humidity, body and environment odor, stuff areas, carbon dioxide and skin chemicals like lactic acid draw mosquitoes. That is why you are more likely to attract mosquitoes when you’re sweaty, so first, staying cool and dry is the first step to getting away from mosquitoes.
Some experts also recommend supplementing with one vitamin B1 tablet a day from April through October and then adding 100mg of B1 to a B100 complex daily during the mosquito season to make you less attractive to mosquitoes. Another tip is to regularly consume garlic to prevent from bites.
Lemon Eucalyptus oil is one of the better known natural repellents. It was approved by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recent study showed that mixing 32% of lemon eucalyptus oil provides more than 95% protection against mosquitoes for three hours.
Additionally, it is easy to prepare. Mixing 1ozlemon eucalyptus oil with 10 oz sunflower oil or witch hazel gives a great solution.
Lavender flowers extract oil and a fragrance that can repel mosquitoes. Lavender has analgesic, antifungal, and antiseptic properties, which adds a cooling and calming effect on the skin to the mosquito prevention. To prepare, crush Lavender flowers and apply the oil to bite-sensitive areas of the body like the ankles or arms. You could also use a clean cloth to rub it into the skin.
For specific protection against ticks and other creeping terrors, Cedar is a great addition. In 2014, Cedarwood oil was proved to be effective against ants and black-legged ticks. It is effective for use on the skin when heading outdoors as it also helps heal itching and hot spots. It also acts as a flea repellent so it can serve domestic animals like Dogs.
There are also mixtures that are very effective. One of such mixtures is that of Rosemary, Lemongrass, Cedar, Peppermint, Thyme, and Geraniol.
Another great option is the Vinegar of four insect repellent. To prepare this, you need a 32 ounce bottle of Apple Cider vinegar, 2 Tablespoons each of dried sage, rosemary, thyme and mint, and then at least a quartz size glass jar with an airtight lid to hold them in for about 2-3 weeks.
Finally, one thing to be mindful of is your intentions for getting the mixture, and if you should make it at home or in a local dispensary. Be careful to avoid turning an aid into an accident.
Be safe, be natural!!