Boring mosquitoes can really spoil your summer joy. We often buy different mosquito repellents to solve this problem, and sometimes these artificial means can be really nasty and even cause numerous side effects, usually when applied on sensitive skin, especially if we are talking about children.
If you really want to avoid using chemical based products, simply prepare this natural and cheaper solution to keep those awful mosquitoes away.
- Dried mint
- Medicinal alcohol
In a cup of hot water add about 3-4 tablespoons of the herbs. Cover the cup and let it cool for a while, then add some of the medicinal alcohol. Keep the liquid in a spray bottle and there you have your protection against mosquitoes.
This recipe works best for adults only, and children should avoid using it, because the alcohol you are using is not recommended for children. If you still need something to protect your kids, use apple cider vinegar instead of alcohol.
This spray is amazingly efficient, same as the ones you are buying, the only difference is that you should apply it more often.
Skin-friendly mosquito repellent (also good for children)
- 1 liter apple cider vinegar
- 10 tbsp herbal mixture (of your choice): rosemary, lavender, thyme, sage and mint
In a large jar add your combination of herbs and the apple cider vinegar. Keep the jar at room temperature for two to three weeks, and do not forget to stir the mixture once in a while. After that period of time, strain the liquid and keep it in a bottle. For better results and long-term use keep the bottle in the fridge.
Everytime you prepare a mosquito repellent, in this case we are talking about sprays, mix the liquid with some water in the same proportion. For example, fill half a spray bottle with the liquid you have prepared, then add regular water to the top. Now you have a ready-to-use spray that will efficiently keep those boring mosquitoes away.
If you already have mosquito bites:
You can use lavender essential oil, bay leaves, lemon grass, aloe vera gel, chamomile cream, propolis, calendula or baking soda. Simply apply some of these natural remedies directly on the mosquito bite.
Note (for children):
If your child’s skin reacts violently to any of these remedies, stop using them!