Spend a relaxing summer away from mosquitoes!
Summertime means family dinners outdoors around the barbecue, camping, golf, hiking and swimming! Little insects like mosquitoes, black flies and wasps can be a nuisance and sometimes ruin our fun times outdoors!
The humidity, heat, L’humidité, la chaleur, exposed skin, perfume, stagnating water, swamps and ponds are all conditions and places that mosquitoes particularly like!
Add to that, the nightsong in our ears, the discomfort of the bite on your ankle and the intense itchiness of a sunburn.
How to keep mosquitoes away naturally?
1. Limit exposed areas; wear ample clothing that covers the arms and legs down to the ankles and don’t forget to protect your feet. Choose light colored clothing, apparently mosquitoes have a preference for darker clothes that emit heat!
2. If the windows are open, avoid turning on lights. Also, avoid vacation spots that are close to swampy areas; the place of choice for mosquitoes.
3. Choose natural plant based repellent products with essential oils such as citronella, cloves and lavender. But remember, natural based products must be reapplied more frequently than chemical repellents.
In certain circumstances, that is, where there are excessive mosquito populations or the possibility of illness transmission, chemical repellents are still the way to go. However, it is important to thoroughly clean your skin after using it.
4. Humidity, heat, bare skin, perfumes, stagnant waters and ponds are all conditions and places that mosquitoes particularly appreciate!
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How to naturally soothe a bite?
The damage is done! A small red bump has appeared… and the itching too!
First step: wash the affected area with natural soap.
Here are a few suggestions to help reduce the inflammation:
1. Fill a bag with ice or use a cold compress and apply it to the area.
2. Baking soda, green clay or oat flour can also be used and are interesting options. Mix a ¾ portion of baking soda for a ¼ portion of water. Dip a clean tissue in this solution. Apply to the bite.
3. If you are out in nature, this next tip will certainly be helpful! Pick 2 or 3 dandelion or plantain leaves and crunch them up in your hands to extract some sap, then vigorously rub the herbs on the bite.
4. In stores, we can find certain natural plant based creams and ointments that may help to relieve itching and prevent scarring.
For more information about natural creams and ointments: Click here
If you are one of the lucky few that generally don’t get bothered by mosquitoes, share your secrets in the comments section of our blog!
Guylaine Audet, Naturopath
President Les Soins Corporels l’Herbier