We all love summer, sandy beaches and longer days, but nobody likes the mosquitoes that are also a part of it. Since 1956 the mosquito repellent has been present on the market, so for most people this is not a big problem. But, on the other hand, there are people for whom this is a big deal, though. DEET is the main active ingredient in sprays which can have pretty serious side-effects on some individuals. If you belong to this group of people, taking vitamin B1 is the right thing for you.
Vitamin B1 is also known as thiamine, is an important mineral for the body. It plays an important role in boosting immunity and fighting stress. It is usually found in foods like brown rice, eggs, oatmeal, liver, yeast, asparagus, and kale.
You do not have to worry if you take too much of it, because any excess gets eliminated through urination, just like with any other water-soluble vitamin.
When speaking about the relation between mosquitoes and Vitamin B1, it is important to mention that it changes your smell and makes it unappealing for the mosquitoes. This Vitamin does not change the way you smell to other people.
According to some recent researches, you should definitely try it, because it is all-natural and has no adverse effects.
Additionally, people who are experiencing gastric bypass, chronic alcoholism, anorexia, and Crohn`s disease, should take B1 supplements, because these conditions lower its levels in the body.
In order to keep mosquitoes at bay, you can either take B1 supplements or make your own mosquito repellent. If you go for the first option, take 100 mg of thiamine on a daily basis. In case you choose the second, here is the recipe:
All natural mosquito repellent
- Cooled boiled water
- ½ tsp of witch hazel
- 15 drops of tea tree oil
- 15 drops of lavender oil
Take an 8oz spray bottle and fill it halfway with the cool boiled water. Add the witch hazel, tea tree oil, and lavender oil. You can use the repellent when you need it.