Often can hear that people saying: ’I must have sweet blood that mosquitos love me’.What really attracts them?
Many insects, mosquitoes included, are attracted by food smells already from 50 m. The odour of the carbon dioxide (CO2) gas that humans naturally exhale. Sweat attracts mainly blood-sucking bugs, especially human sweat is super target at least for 2 species of mosquitos.
Scents that attract mosquitos:
What repels them:
You can spray tea made from yarrow, rosemary or some other bug repellent plant on children. Their sweat is milder and does not require as strong products as adults in general.
When making a mosquito repellent yourself, keep in mind that each person's body and odours are different and that works in one person may not do so in another. Common recipes include essential oils, water and alcohol.
One of the best is neem tree oil, lemongrass, lemon eucalyptus, citronella, lavender, peppermint, sweet orange (+ other citrus essential oils like lemon & grapefruit), spearmint, tea tree, clove, garlic oil, basil, cumin Et al.
Plants used in essential oils can be used also different ways, for example, lemongrass in a candle, incense, cream. Be careful using essential oils, without dilution can use only a few (like tea tree, lavender). Most of them need to dilute base oil or make a mixture of water and alcohol.
Be also moderate in use, they can irritate the skin.
Definitely use pure oils instead of aroma oils.
Avoid eye and broken skin area. Know that natural does not always mean safe, some people are allergic. Therefore, it is wise to try home-made sprays before in a smaller area of skin. Mixtures made from essential oils could be applied to areas of the pulse, such as the wrist, temples and neck.
If the essential oil is not available, use fresh plants such as lavender, basil, mint etc. Rub them directly on the skin, as well as crush and wrap in a scarf and put it around your neck or arm.
Tea tree oil and calendula oil, clove oil, lemongrass, etc. are ideal for bites and bumps. In addition, cooling products (gels-creams containing menthol or eucalyptus) or plants (eg lemongrass). Drying products (salts, baking soda with water, acids - lemon, lime). Avoid scratching to prevent inflammation.
Natural anti-bug spray- mosquito repellent.
Believe it or not but one solution can be scrubs. Possibly it's one of the underestimated tool and quite often we even don't think about it. In the same time facial and body scrubs are easy and fun to make, let your creation alive.
I share my recent experience and knowledge from course concluded in October 'Practical herbal medicine and herbs', which is also a main source of this article.
My motto - if you eat it you can use it. Therefore use products with organic ingredients, following this my new item was made- scrub. Something different, which you can't find on shops. Suitable for face and body. Components used: grounded cocoa bean peels, amber powder, oils and a bit of shea butter and herbs collected in the summer. This time rose, sage, chamomile & yarrow went into the mix.
Roasted cacao bean peels:
Exfoliation can help with excess weight, swellings, chronic fatigue, decreased immune system, constant dizziness, chronic secretions (runny nose, sputum). In addition, peeling stimulates blood and lymph circulation, cleanses the skin, promotes metabolism.
You need 150 ml of granular or exfoliating agent and 30 ml of binding component. For the body, a rougher grained works, on the other hand, for the face fine-grained and softer is needed as not to damage your delicate skin.
NB! When using e.g. oats you need more fluid as grain absorb more liquid.
Granular: e.g coffee, sugar, sea salt, fine sand, nuts, oats etc.
Binding: e.g yogurt, honey, aloe gel, banana, avocado, organic oils, organic butter (e.g shea) or whatever you happen to have at home and which suits your skin.
Good to add also herbs and essential oils.
Making a facial scrub make sure that particles are fine and smooth, if needed ground all ingredients several times.
Completed facial-body scrub. Suitable for face as mix is smooth and fine:
Remember to warm and moisten your skin before exfoliation. Best place is sauna or in the shower and use as the last procedure. After peeling rinse and dry the skin. Depending on the need apply some organic cream or salve.
In case of health issue use max 2x a week e.g to fasten the metabolism. When situation have stabilised take a pause. Generally ca once month is a good habit to exfoliate, still, use wisely and always follow your skin peculiarities and listen your body.
Advice: whatever external procedure you use, remember all starts from within, ergo, watch your lifestyle and eating habits.
In case you are not sure to try yourself or simply have no time, you are welcome to order from me.
120 ml jar is available with only 5€
Much love and take good care, you are your own master,
We started co-operation with Kristin some time ago. We met because I am also one of the owners of Ronimisministeerium (climbing gym), which she loves and visits often. She helped to put my ideas literally on the jar labels and has patience of a saint to bring my fine tuning into live.
Kristin: 'Kadi has many talents, she is really powerful but also kind-hearted. She had a strong vision of how the salves design had to look since the very start. At the beginning we made two salves: spruce reisn-calendula and calendula-lavender salve.' After getting those ready we had an awesome photoshoot!