One of the problems that we all have to deal with during the summer is mosquitoes. For some, this is not that big of problem because there has been mosquito repellent on the market since 1956, but some people don’t use it, not only because of the smell but also because they are scared of the adverse effects of DEET in sprays and are more prone to getting bit by mosquitoes.
If you are one of those people then maybe the right solution for you is taking Vitamin B1.
Vitamin B1 or thiamine is one of the essential vitamins for the body. It is present in foods such as yeast, oatmeal, brown rice, asparagus, kale, liver and eggs. This vitamin is very important in fighting stress and boosting your immunity.
When it comes to mosquitoes, this Vitamin has the potential to change the way you smell to mosquitoes. Those with enough Vitamin B1 in their systems tend to smell “yeasty” to mosquitoes, making them unappealing to bite. The most important thing is that this wont change the way you smell to other humans, so you shouldn’t worry about smelling bad around your friends.
If you want to try this method, all you have to do is take 100 mg of thiamin every day. Within 2 weeks you should start noticing a decrease in the amount of times you are smacking the mosquitoes away from your body.
It should be noted that some health conditions such as chronic alcoholism, Crohn’s disease, anorexia and gastric bypass can lower the thiamine in the body, so individuals with this conditions may benefit from taking an extra supplement.
If thiamine doesn’t work for you, you can make your own natural mosquito repellent to avoid using chemical repellent.
To prepare this natural mosquito repellent you will need:
• Tea tree oil
• Lavender oil
• Witch hazel
• Cooled boiled water
First, fill an 8 oz spray bottle halfway with boiled water that has been cooled down, then add ½ teaspoon of witch hazel, 15 drops of tea tree oil and 15 drops of lavender oil. Use it when needed.