7 natural ways to prevent mosquito bites

Back to list 2019-07-16 10:00:00



Summer is one of the nicest season. You can finally enjoy sunny days, warmer weather but wherever you go there’s always this one tiny little buzzing sound: mosquitos! Meanwhile, you’re expecting to spend more time on outdoor activities like hiking or picnic at the park, making it difficult to avoid getting bitten. Even if most people who are bitten by mosquitoes don’t get any complication, it’s always good to review the best manners to naturally protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites, especially if you’re traveling to an area where some illnesses are present.


The most common way to repel mosquitoes is by using synthetic and chemicals spray (DEET) which not all are recommended for babies and young children. Moreover they have potential side effects including skin irritation, redness, rash, and swelling. If you have sensitive skin or known skin allergies you might be a little bit concerned to put synthetic products on yourself.


MSH China is giving you today 7 natural ways to prevent mosquito bites during summer.


1. USE A FAN

According to scientists, mosquitos are terrible fliers. A little bit of wind can keep them off your skin. So if you want to avoid getting bitten outside, you can use one of these electric hand fans.




2. LEMON EUCALYPTUS OIL

Lemon eucalyptus is a tree. Oil from the leaves is applied to the skin as a medicine and insect repellent.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the lemon eucalyptus is as effective as synthetic mosquito repellent and is 100% natural. A recent study showed that lemon eucalyptus oil offers protection for up to 12 hours. Haven’t been approved for kids younger than three years old.




3. LAVENDER OIL

Crushed lavender flowers produce an oil and fragrance that can repel mosquitoes. Moreover lavender has analgesic, antifungal, and antiseptic attributes. This means that besides preventing mosquito bites, it can also calm and appease the skin.


Drop some lavender oil on a clean cloth and apply it to strategic areas of your body like ankles and arms.



4. CITRONELLA

Citronella oil is a natural essential oil obtained from the leaves and stems of various species of Cymbopogon (lemongrass). You can find this natural and effective ingredient in a great number of mosquito repellents. Candles made of citronella are also a good way to protect your skin from mosquito bites, outdoors it can offer up to 50% extra protection.


5. PEPPERMINT OIL

Peppermint oil is commonly used in various sectors like food industry, cosmetic products or as a pain reliever. According to the American College of Healthcare Sciences, it’s a natural insecticide and a mosquito repellent.


Peppermint should be diluted into another oil (Canola oil for example) to reduce the warm sensation that in some case can cause a skin rash if applied directly to your skin.


6. REMOVE STANDING WATER

Standing water attracts mosquitoes and they can breed very fast.  Only a tiny amount of water from a flower pot or anything that holds water for more than a few days can become infected with thousands of mosquito’s larvae. Eliminating standing water eliminates mosquitoes.


7. LIGHT-COLORED CLOTHING

According to some research, darker colored clothing like black, brown, deep blue and red, are more noticeable and then most likely to attract mosquitos. Moreover, drinking beers might also be a good way getting bitten.





Founded in 2001, MSH China is a French international company specialized in high-end insurance services for corporate and individual clients. Our multicultural International department is dedicated to serve foreigners living in Asia. Leader in China, our reputation has been made from our efficient customer service and call center, a large hospital network and a cost sensitive approach. 



   




SOURCES

https://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/natural-ways-to-prevent-mosquito-bites.aspx

https://www.healthline.com/health/kinds-of-natural-mosquito-repellant#thyme-oil

https://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/7-ways-to-prevent-mosquito-bites


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