Quick and Easy Way to Keep Those Mosquitoes and Bugs at Bay

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 11-11-2015

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The mosquitoes are out in force these days, as are the biting ants, and other annoying insect pests. Some people just never seem to get bitten by them at all, but others just attract them it seems, and are usually covered in annoying itchy bites. So far, for us here in Kuwait, the idea of a mosquito bite, while being unwanted and really uncomfortable, is not something that we need to consider extremely dangerous, but there are places on the earth where they are, such as in places where malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, etc. are prevalent. Also, West Nile disease is more and more worrying, although we have not had to deal with it in Kuwait so far. So, what can you do if you’re one of those sweet smelling human beings that those mosquitoes and ants want so badly? Plenty!

mosquito essential oil blend

The first plan of action is to prevent those insects from coming around you at all. That is the ideal situation, so that you don’t have to deal with the bites afterward. The most obvious protection is the basic mosquito net. It might be cliché but they are still probably the most effective protection around. The only problem is that you can’t go out with a mosquito net wrapped around you. So, while mosquito nets are great for when you are going to sleep, you would look kind of funny walking around with one draped over your head. The “practical version” of the mosquito net is to simply wear clothing that covers all of your exposed areas. Also, it is important not to wear colors that look too flowery or bright, so the best thing is to wear light and dull earthy colors. Some perfumes and soap fragrances can also attract mosquitoes (and other bugs). The worst time for mosquitoes to bite is during the dark hours (specifically at the exact times of dusk and dawn), although that is not the only time they bite, and they are particularly pleased with dank, stagnant areas, swampy areas, or places where the humidity is high and it is hot. Also, having yellow tinged outdoor lights for places that might have mosquitoes is supposed to help reduce their numbers.

mosquito bracelets

There are practically countless products on the market right now, including some that are really not that safe or healthy. There are several that are safe and hopefully as healthy as chemical formulations would allow without being totally ineffective. There are yet others that are natural and considered totally safe under all circumstances, even pregnancy! Mosquito repellents are what you need to ward off those little rascals. They don’t kill the mosquitoes but they make life so miserable for them that they stop coming around. Citronella is one of the most well known natural items on the market. You can get it in the form of pure essential oil, and also as a blend and in products containing certain quantities of it. Probably the most well known product containing citronella oil is “Skin-So-Soft” from Avon. The great thing is that this product is available right here in Kuwait. Other important mosquito repelling essentials oils that have been included in many name brand marketed products include lemongrass, geranium, cedar, and peppermint.

mosquito sticks

As far as chemical repellents go “Deet” (which is actually N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide or N,N-diemethylbenzamide) is probably the most well-known (or at least one of the most) mosquito repellents around. It is sold practically everywhere too, and comes in several brand names, such as “Off!”, so it’s not difficult to find. These come in many different forms including sprays, wristbands, creams, oils, and more. Just be careful to follow the directions for use, because overusing can result in too much absorption through the skin, which can be toxic. Permethrin is another well known repellent chemical mosquito repellent that is particularly effective on clothing and cloth, and in fact is effective for weeks. If you can’t find one of the types that I have mentioned, then just make certain that whichever type of repellent that you end up using it has been approved by a bona fide, official, and respected health agency. I’m not certain whether any of these are available right now in Kuwait, but even if they aren’t, you should be able to get something similar, if need be.

citronella fire log mosquito repel

Some scientific studies also suggest that if you are prone to being bitten by mosquitoes, taking thiamine (which is vitamin B1) regularly will prevent mosquitoes from bothering you, and this is supposed to be particularly true for those who have serious allergic reactions to the bites.

skin so soft mosquito

But, if it’s already too late and you have already gotten bitten, then relief is easier than you think. There are some great herbs and essential oils out there on the market that you can use to get practically instant relief from mosquito bites. You can use pure lavender or tea tree essential oils directly on the mosquito bites, or you can blend calendula or olive oil (as a base) with several drops of pure lavender, tea tree, peppermint, geranium, German or Roman chamomile, or cypress essential oils. You will get immediate relief from the itching and redness and if the bite is swollen that will improve as well. These essential oils work so well that it is practically miraculous.

lavender mosquito       calendula oil mosquito

There are also several herbs that are great for bug bites, and some of them even grow in your garden. Marjoram, basil, marshmallow leaf, chamomile flowers, calendula flowers, licorice, and aloe (which is widely available in Kuwait) can all be used topically right on the mosquito bite for quick relief, and if you don’t have the herbs fresh, then you can also use dried herbs. You can either soak them in warm water, or brew them into an herbal infusion and then put them on the bites in the form of warm compresses. (These remedies are good for other types of bug bites as well).

calendula 2 mosquito      calendula mosquito

So, if you are one of those people who are prone to getting bitten, you don’t have to worry any more. Even if you can’t prevent the bites, you can get quick relief by using one of these great natural remedies.

 

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About Citronella Essential Oil

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Information About Essential Oils | Posted on 11-02-2014

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If you have ever lived in an area that is infested with mosquitoes, you will most likely be familiar with the aroma of the essential oil that we are talking about today. In the USA, if you live near a pond, or woods, or if you like to go camping in the summer, you will definitely be able to appreciate our subject today. Anyone who has come out of a camping trip covered from head to toe in horribly itchy mosquito bites will know where I am coming from. Here in Kuwait we have a mosquito problem as well, but it is a minor one. None the less, many people complain that mosquitoes have invaded. So, imagine if you had to go to one of the jungle countries where mosquitoes are not only rampant but carry dangerous diseases? The good news is there is a very special essential oil that will take care of your worries. The even better news is that this essential oil can be good for other things too! Read on!

The name of this amazing essential oil is citronella oil. The scientific name for it is either “Cymbopogon nardus”, or “Cymbopogon winterianus” (depending on which strain it is) and it is most commonly steam distilled from the leaves, which are a tropical “grass”. The aroma of this essential oil is definitely citrusy, but very pleasant. Although there are different breeds of plant, basically they all do the same work, with very slight differences. So, although the various types are considered differing strains, this doesn’t affect the efficacy of the oil. Most of the citronella oil that comes out of the market today comes from either Java or Sri Lanka, although it is grown in some other areas as well, but today the plants are cultivated all over the world, including Haiti, the South Pacific, India, Central America, and tropical Africa.

Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella oil has been used for centuries as a bug repellant, but the interesting thing is that it has also been used to repel other things, for example cats! Even today it is still being used in this respect, particularly for mosquitoes, but even for other small animals, as apparently, they cannot stand the aroma, although, humans find it extremely pleasant, and even use citronella essential oil in making some of the most popularly selling body products on the market today, particularly the line of products marketed by the Avon company, called Skin-So-Soft, which have a distinctly citronella aroma, that is both pleasing and invigorating. Citronella’s use against mosquitoes is becoming more and more valuable, particularly with the threat of the West Nile virus.

Citronella essential oil has also been used for many other purposes as well, for example as a post-childbirth treatment thought to help the new mother get back to her normal self.

It takes care of you when you feel exhausted, and is very uplifting. If you suffer from ordinary headaches or migraines you will benefit from the use of citronella essential oil.

It is great for helping with colds, the flu, and other infections.  It is also great for those who suffer from spastic-type cramps, whether menstrual or digestive.

It is said to be great for oily skin problems. And it is said to help with people who perspire too much. If you suffer from any sort of pain from muscles or joints citronella essential oil will also help you with that, due to its ability to draw the blood up to the surface of an area, which is extremely beneficial in such cases.

This essential oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-septic, as are most other essential oils.

Although citronella is most often made into candles, lanterns, bug sprays and the like, you will find that using it as a pure essential oil is extremely simple and easy to do. All you have to do is blend a few drops of the pure essential oil in with any base oil you choose. I personally like olive oil, but even cream will do.

So, if you are plagued with mosquitoes, you need to look no further for the solution to your problems. Citronella essential oil is the answer you are looking for, and with the fact that it is great for lots of other problems too, is just icing on the cake!

Citronella Oil Large

Citronella 100% Pure Essential Oil, 16oz

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these citronella tea light candles… so cute for your garden patio and you can keep those nasty mosquitoes away in style 🙂

Citronella Tea Light Candles

Citronella Votive Candles (Set of 72)

And, finally, this cool citronella fire log can be burned for a great fire effect, as well as the anti mosquito benefits. So fun!

Citronella Fire Log

Earthlog, EC1000 Citronella Fire Log, Manufactured Anti-Mosquito Fire Log, 3Pack,Yellow and Green, 13X9.75X3.25