Oh, the itch. That not quite defined feeling, somewhere between pain and annoyance amounting in a torture that we just can’t seem to ignore. And, aaah, the scratch. That exquisite infliction of pain that seems to momentarily quell the itch. But we have been warned against scratching, haven’t we? According to dermatologists, scratching often makes the itch worse, warning that the temporary relief it provides only make the symptoms exacerbate upon return. But what can we do? Well, if the source of our itching is a mosquito, a flea, or tick, well, bring on the bug repellant. Bug repellent is not only a cure for itching, but can also lessen the chances of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses.
But many of these bug repellents are toxic. Do we really want to spray these chemicals on ourselves and our families, and take responsibility for the possible poisoning of the environment and destroying of the ozone layer? Most insect repellents contain DEET, which, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, is a chemical capable of melting plastics or a fishing line and causing impairments such as memory loss, seizures, nausea and vomiting. No something we want to apply liberally. However, the good doctor says,”…it is dangerously wrong…”( to assume)…”that insect repellents with DEET are the only ones that work”, so, take heart, suffering Greenies!
It seems that mosquitoes have a very keen sense of smell ( Do they have noses?) and are very attracted to the carbon dioxide we emit, but, luckily, there are some natural scents which they actually hate. So let’s clue you in.
Citronella Oil: Comes from the lemongrass plant, used in bug sprays and candles, smells lemony/ citrusy.
Peppermint: Crush the leaves on your skin or apply peppermint oil to relieve itching, minty scent.
Rosemary and Basil: Place a few sprigs around to keep the pests away or infuse it into a lotion or spray, also can be used as food seasoning!
Eucalyptus: Can be planted in your yard and the oil can be applied to your skin.
Marigold and Lavender: Attractive and useful. Plant them in your garden for a color
explosion and pest free peace of mind.
Garlic: Not just for vampires! Cut the cloves into slivers and scatter them. You can also make a repellent spray, but, be warned, you may repel people humans as well.
Catnip: Sorry, Snowball. Have to borrow some of yours! Sprinkling catnip is a very powerful way of repelling pests.
Another great thing about these natural repellants: you can make your own!
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola (DO), you can make repellent by mixing cinnamon leaf oil, clear vanilla oil mixed with olive oil, or catnip oil and there are tons of other recipes available on social media. Why scratch when you can go match? Keep yourself pest free and applaud yourself for being smart and helping the environment and keeping yourself and your family healthy and comfortable.