The summer season is finally here and mosquitoes are all over, but there are some vitamins that can repel mosquitoes. You may not be affected because there are plenty of mosquito repellents in the market. However, if you don’t want your house to smell like a chemical plant using mosquito repellant, then there is a vitamin you should incorporate in your regular diet.
Also known as thiamine, vitamin B1 is very helpful to your body. You can find it in foods like brown rice, oat meal, kale, liver, asparagus, yeast, and eggs. Apart from boosting your immunity, vitamin B1 also help in relieving stress. Because it is water-soluble, excessive consumption of vitamin B1 is not necessary as it cannot be stored in the body. The excess is flushed out every time you urinate.
The funniest thing about vitamin B1 is that it can change the way you smell and expel mosquitoes. If you have plenty of vitamin B1 in your body, you tend to smell “yeasty” which makes mosquitoes unlikely to bite. Luckily, it doesn’t change the way you smell to your peers or those around you.
Studies about this are however not conclusive but there is no harm in taking extra thiamine every day as it is not associated with any adverse effects. Many people can attest that this vital vitamin is effective when it comes to repelling mosquitoes.
You may not have enough thiamine in your body due to a number of reasons. They include Crohn’s disease, chronic alcoholism, gastric bypass, and anorexia. It is recommendable to try some supplementation if you suffer from any of these conditions.
If you want to give it a trial, take 100 mg of Vitamin B1 on a daily basis. Within a couple of days, you will start noticing how unappealing you become to mosquitoes. If this remedy doesn’t work, you should try all natural mosquito repellant recipes if you don’t want to use chemicals on your body to fight these pests.
Natural Mosquito Repellant Ingredients
- Lavender oil
- Tea tree oil
- Witch hazel
- Cool boiled water
- Fill an 8oz glass halfway with boiled cool water
- Add a half teaspoon of witch hazel
- Pour about 15 drops of tea tree oil
- Add 15 drops of lavender oil
- Take as needed
Fact About Mosquitoes and Repellants
- There are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide. About 200 can be found in the U.S., which all differ in their biting habits, persistence, and ability to transmit disease.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to certain compounds on your skin. They can sniff you from a distance of 50 yards.
- The majority of mosquito repellants in the market contain DEET, which many studies suggest that it may have potentially harmful effects.
- Mosquito bites can spread diseases such as malaria, encephalitis, dengue, West Nile virus, and yellow fever.
- According to the WHO estimates, between one and two million people die every year from mosquito-borne diseases, with malaria being the most common.