Mosquito Mayhem!

July 15th, 2010

It seems like I can’t even enjoy my garden without the constant slap and scratch of my dear friends the mosquitoes.  Now I’m a nature girl.  I like getting out in the woods.  I can look for the purpose in mostly pesky bugs, but I can see no purpose to mosquitoes but to bug me!  Luckily Mother Nature gave us some gifts to help us cope with these menaces.

Essential oil of lavender is a Godsend this time of year.  Not only does it act as an insect repellent, but it also is a great itch reliever.  It’s lovely aroma makes it a pleasure to wear.  Lavender is a key ingredient in one of my favourite essential oil combinations, Solvarome by Unda (sold in Canada by Genestra).  In a 1:3 ratio with water it makes an easy to apply spray repellent (shake well first).  But even more remarkable is a single drop on the most annoying of bites will bring down swelling and itching.

There are many other nature cures out there.  So I open it up to you.  Share your ideas.  What gift of Mother Nature do you use to cope with our national insect, the mosquito?

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3 Responses to “Mosquito Mayhem!”

  1. I find that if I leave bananas alone and take Vitamin B regularly that I’m not nearly as attractive to mosquitoes. Not sure why this works but it was recommended to me years ago because I used to be the girl with a cloud of those pesky biters around me. Since I learned this secret the cloud dissipated!

    Thanks for the lavender idea. I love lavender and this is another great reason to use it!

    Warm regards,
    Aprille

  2. Dr. Erika says:

    Maybe that’s why I’m lucky enough to be left alone. I hate (and I mean hate) bananas – yes even Dr. Erika is allowed to dislike one natural food!

  3. Every summer for the past 3 years my daughter has had a job as a tree-planter so we are always looking for ways to repel mosquitos. She has used citronella oil and eats as much raw garlic as she (and her fellow planters) can stand.
    I will tell her about the lavender. She has chemical sensitivities so we need solutions that don’t involve chemicals.
    Thank you for the excellent information.

    Regards,
    Kathy

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