There is nothing quite like the smell of summer. Freshly cut grass, the taste of juicy strawberries and pink watermelon, the sun setting later in the evenings, the excitement of the holidays approaching, and then… MOZZIES! They really can put a dampener on an outdoor evening or a family camping trip in the bush.
When it comes to mozzies, fortunately most of us only suffer a few itchy and uncomfortable bites, and occasionally must endure broken sleep caused by that immediately recognisable ‘buzzzz’ near your head. It’s not fun!
However, mosquitoes can carry certain viruses and parasites, and in more serious cases, bites from these mosquitoes can cause severe illness. We all know that mosquitoes carry the parasite that causes malaria, but they are also known to carry the viruses that cause West Nile fever and Yellow fever. (source)
When travelling into an area known for mosquito-borne diseases, it is very important to consult a medical or wellness professional for preventative treatment before you travel. But what about when you’re simply out and about, and you’re still being ‘eaten alive’?
Pure Beginnings has formulated two safe, effective and 100% natural insect repellents. One is the Insect Repellent Spray, and the other the Insect Repellent Stick. Our insect repellents proudly contain the following:
Neem: Neem is a key ingredient in natural pesticides and is regularly used in agriculture as an alternative to harmful synthetic pesticides. It is also effectively used in creams and balms to deter insects.
Citronella: Citronella oil is a plant-based insect repellent, and has been registered for this use since 1948. The United States Environmental Protection Agency considers oil of citronella as a biopesticide with a non-toxic mode of action.
Lemon Eucalyptus: Used in insect repellents to provide hours of relief from biting insects.
Lippia: Lippia oil is probably Africa’s most under-rated, fragrant medicinal plant. It is widely credited as having antiseptic properties and is believed to be useful as a gargle for sore throats and abscesses. The essential oil is high in ipsdienone, which is shown to repel insect pests.
Most conventional insect repelling brands contain an active ingredient – diethyltoluamide – commonly known as Deet. It is a slightly yellow oil intended to be applied to the skin or to clothing, and provides protection against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, leeches, and many other biting insects.
While this may sound convenient, common, everyday use of Deet has led to it seeping into our water sources and streams. Deet is highly toxic to freshwater fish and many harmless insects. As always, one of our main concerns is exposing our children to unnecessary chemicals – and DEET is one we can, and should, avoid!
If you happen to forget your insect repellent products and do get bitten – don’t worry! Here are 9 natural mosquito bite home remedies you can try to ease the itch:
- Vinegar – when you first notice the itchy bite, directly apply a small amount of vinegar to the affected area.
2. Aloe – use either the fresh inner leaf gel directly from an aloe plant or organic aloe juice. They both work well at providing relief.
3. Baking soda and water – make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply generously to the bite.
4. Onion – place a fresh slice on the affected area for several minutes until the itching subsides.
5. Toothpaste – apply a small amount of all-natural peppermint toothpaste.
6. Raw honey – take a small amount of honey and apply directly.
7. Lime or lemons – apply directly to the bite.
8. Garlic – put a piece of raw garlic on the wound. You may feel some mild burning, but you should feel some major relief afterwards.
9. Salt paste – take finely ground salt and mix with a small amount of water until you have a thick paste. Apply this salt paste directly to bite.
Have a happy mozzie-free summer!