Mosquito bites during the summer, discover three simple and natural tips to keep them away

Mosquito bites during the summer, discover three simple and natural tips to keep them away

Fresh basil and coconut are effective natural repellents to keep mosquitoes away during the summer. nechaev-kon/Getty Images

Itching, redness, swelling… Mosquito bites are particularly feared in summer, whether they come from tiger mosquitoes, which carry viruses, or from perfectly harmless insects. Fortunately, there are many natural solutions to repel them, or at least keep them away, like basil and coconut, two essentials.

In the form of a candle, essential oil, room fragrance or plant, citronella is undoubtedly the best-known natural repellent for fighting mosquitoes. But it is far from being the only one: there are many tips, accessible and just as natural, which allow you to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Here are three to adopt this summer.

L'eucalyptus

We therefore know the virtues of lemongrass essential oil to keep away many insects, but eucalyptus oil also helps to avoid having itchy skin throughout the summer. While there are roll-on applicators that allow you to apply the product directly to the skin, it is also possible – and recommended – to diffuse a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the air to ensure peaceful nights.

It should also be noted that some variants, such as lemon eucalyptus essential oil, can soothe mosquito bites and reduce itching and redness. However, it is not recommended to use these oils during the first three months of pregnancy, as well as in children under 6 years old.

Fresh basil

Basil perfumes our summer dishes, but not only that… it is also considered an excellent mosquito repellent, and for good reason, mosquitoes hate the smell of the aromatic plant. However, it is not a question of smearing yourself with it, or of consuming too much pizza and other dishes based on basil to keep mosquitoes away.

It is rather advisable to install pots of fresh basil, or failing that bouquets, in the rooms of your home, or on the windowsills to keep mosquitoes at bay. Note that basil is also known for its antiseptic properties; which allows it, by simply rubbing the leaf on the skin, to soothe the itching.

A coconut soap

Why some people get eaten by mosquitoes when others don't even attract their attention ? According to a team of American researchers, this could be due to the soap or shower gel used by some and others. Published in the journal iScience, their study suggests that coconut-scented soaps could keep mosquitoes away and therefore reduce the risk of being bitten, even though each individual has a unique odor profile.

This research also highlights the fact that soaps with plant-based or plant-like fragrances could actually attract mosquitoes, which, contrary to popular belief, do not feed solely on blood, but on plant nectar. These unwanted creatures could therefore confuse scented skin with flowers of all kinds.

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