Summer, especially humid and warm, is a paradise for all kinds of insects. The vast majority of them have a very short life cycle and only one goal - to multiply and drink our blood thoroughly. We also risk painful bites / bites, but the main threat of living among insects is the risk of catching dangerous diseases, such as malaria or the Zika virus. How to protect yourself against a potential "attack" then? This is where repellents come to the rescue.
As the name suggests, repellents are measures that scare away insects from us. These are chemical or natural substances that make us stop being an appetizing morsel for a hungry mosquito.
The most popular repellent used by man is DEET - an organic chemical substance that makes insects and insects unpleasant in smell, and even stink. DEET is the first choice of any globtrotter, die-hard tourists or travelers. It is effective and efficient, but it does not affect the user's health.
Fortunately, we also have a range of natural repellents. These do not cause any side effects, often having plenty of other benefits, such as beautiful fragrances for essential oils. In addition, due to their natural origin, such repellents are not toxic to the environment. We have prepared for you a short list of substances that can be a great alternative to synthetic repellents. Take a look yourself.
We start with this popular herb because it has been studied quite thoroughly, including its insect repellent properties. Exploring the secrets of thyme oil has shown that lubricating the skin or piece of clothing with thyme-based preparations provided up to 98% protection against classic mosquitoes.
This effect lasted for almost 1.5 hours. Thyme can also be used as incense. This method will allow you to get rid of mosquitoes from your homes or closed verandas or patios.
Nepeta cataria, because that is the Latin name of this plant loved by cats, also has great insect repellent properties, and especially one. We're talking about particularly dangerous mosquitoes, because those carrying yellow fever. Studies have shown that these particularly virulent insects hate the catnip smell. It is such a strong natural repellent that it successfully "copes" with ordinary mosquitoes. When we sense terpenes and aromatic compounds present in this plant, we quickly cease to be a tasty morsel for them.
Eucalyptus preparations and extracts have many uses, including as repellents. Due to the strong concentration of eucalyptus oil, it is worth combining it with the base carrier in the form of another oil.
Here, great repelling properties of any flying shrewdness will give mixing eucalyptus oil with coconut oil. Spreading such a cream gives a 93% chance that we will not be eaten by any mosquito. And even for 4 hours!
Gently scented with citrus herb can also serve as an effective and natural repellent. Relatively recent studies have shown that lemongrass in the form of oil provides almost 100% protection against flying aggressors greedy for human blood. Mixture of lemongrass oil and ordinary olive works best here - smearing with such tincture protects us from mosquitoes for up to 3 hours.
Exactly! This plant, which we know mainly in the form of a spice associated with pizza, also has insect repellent properties. Although it may not be as "strong" as some other herbs and plants, it has been thoroughly tested in this respect.
Practical studies have been conducted in Africa, which showed that the mere presence of the plant in the pot almost by half increases our chances of avoiding mosquito bites. In turn, in laboratory conditions, the extracted basil oil guaranteed 100% protection against mosquitoes spreading yellow fever, and for up to 6 hours!
Everyone knows its smell and taste and probably the vast majority of us perceive it as pleasant. Fortunately, peppermint and her cousins hate mosquitoes and other flying insects. The benefits of peppermint oil can give us up to 3 hours of total protection against mosquitoes. Mint extracts and extracts are among the most thoroughly known when it comes to insect repellent properties.
In this tree of the honeysuckle family (melia, or Indian honeys) growing in India, there are a number of terpenes and aromatic compounds that are as effective in repelling insects as chemical DEET. Studies conducted on six volunteers showed that a concentrated extract of 20% essential oil from melia provided 70% protection for 3 hours. DEET's only advantage is the length of the protective effect. Here it was 8 hours, however, melia extracts and oils, due to their natural origin, did not cause any side effects. Such conclusions come from numerous African tests and studies on the properties of this useful plant.