'Dracula' bites: Here are 5 home remedies that work as mosquito repellents
If you don't want to use market mosquito repellents, then try these home remedies that can keep mosquitoes away for as long as eight hours.
Rains are welcome in our country but the monsoon poses a variety of health risks. From typhoid to malaria, the risk of suffering from water borne diseases are high.
Stagnant pools of water transform into breeding grounds for several parasites and one species, in particular, the mosquito can wreak havoc on your immune system. These parasites spread a number of diseases through their bite and that's one reason why you should mosquito-proof your surroundings during the monsoon.
While many mosquito repellents keep these parasites at bay, they contain harmful chemicals. If you want to find a more natural way of protecting yourself from a mosquito bite, then use these natural ingredients that are, in other words, repellents.
Garlic: Boil a few cloves of garlic in water and pour this mixture into a bottle. Spray this around your room as and when needed. Since this tends to produce a foul smell, you can add an essential oil like lavender to the mix.
Neem Oil: You can create your own mosquito repellent by adding equal portions of neem and coconut oil and applying it on your body. This works because both oils have anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties.
Eucalyptus and Lemon Oil: These two oils contain cineole, a component which has anti-septic and insect repelling properties. Use these two in equal proportions and apply it to exposed parts. A study in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association claimed the smell of neem wards off mosquitoes. Rest assured, you will be protected from bites for eight hours at least.