Health Studies, Natural Remedies, Prevention

Take This Vitamin and Live Mosquito Free!

There is no question we need to protect ourselves against mosquitoes. Most commercial sprays on the market, however, contain toxic chemicals that can have dangerous side effects when absorbed into skin. Fortunately, there are natural approaches that work.

Researchers have not determined what exactly makes mosquitoes select humans to bite, but they believe certain odors may be the attraction. Scientists do know people with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on the surface of their skin are more apt to be bitten, as are people who produce high levels of certain acids. People who emit larger amounts of carbon dixoide, such as pregnant women, those who are overweight, or people who have been working out, are also more likely to be bitten.

Mosquito bites are itchy and uncomfortable, but they also prevent a health danger. Here are some of the diseases mosquito are known to spread to humans:

Zika – linked to birth defects
Dengue – can lead to hemorrhagic fever
West Nile – causes fever, joint pain, vomiting and rashes
Malaria – causes fever, chills and vomiting
Yellow Fever – can cause jaundice, chills and vomiting
Chikungunya – can cause joint pain, rashes and nausea
La Crosse Encephalitis – can cause fever and nausea
Rift Valley Fever – can cause dizziness, weakness and eye damage
Jamestown Canyon Virus – can cause flu-like symptoms
Snowshoe Hare Virus – can cause dizziness, vomiting and rashes

There are over 175 known species of mosquitoes in the United States alone. Protecting yourself is vital, and that’s why it is important to know about vitamin B1 – the supplement that repels mosquitoes.

Your body needs vitamin B1 (also called thiamine) to function properly and maintain health. Broccoli, onions, green beans, summer squash, kale, spinach, cabbage, eggplant and sunflower seeds are all good sources. B1 is critical to fight stress and boost the immune system.

Beyond those benefits, however, a high level of B1 in your body will produce a “yeasty” smell that repels mosquitoes.

You can also make a homemade, all natural mosquito repellent. Here is one that requires only two ingredients: fresh parsley and organic apple cider vinegar.

Put a handful of fresh parsley in a mortal and pestle, and add four ounces apple cider vinegar. Mash the ingredients together and let it sit for a few hours.

Strain the mixture and put it into a spray bottle. Keep the mix refrigerated for continued use. You can also add essential oils for a pleasant scent.

This repellent is safe for your skin, and completely non-toxic.