Get Closer to Nature
Mosquitoes suck, literally. And if you're a mosquito magneto, you're probably tired of having itchy, bumpy skin. People are usually prone to bites due to a combination of scent, light, heat, and humidity.
Different species of mosquitoes — such as the ones that carry malaria — prefer bacteria and sweat. Others are attracted to carbon dioxide and certain hand odors.
Whichever species you encounter, you can protect yourself without having to use a DEET-based chemical repellent. Most government agencies recommend DEET products, but they can cause health and environmental problems.
If you want to keep the mosquitoes away without relying on chemicals, here are some more natural repellent options.
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Used since the 1940s, lemon eucalyptus oil is one of the more well-known natural repellents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved eucalyptus oil as an effective mosquito repellent. A recent study showed that a mixture of 32 percent lemon eucalyptus oil gave more than 95 percent protection against mosquitoes for three hours.
You can create your own mixture with one part lemon eucalyptus oil to 10 parts sunflower oil or witch hazel.
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