Summer means having a great time, sandy beaches, long walks, sunny and longer days, but also lots of mosquitoes. Anyway, mosquito repellent has been on the market since 1956, but if you don’t like its smell and you are afraid of the negative effects of DEET in sprays, then there is another solution. Start taking vitamin B1.
This vitamin is also known as thiamine and it is an essential vitamin that the body needs. It can be found in foods such as yeast, oatmeal, brown rice, asparagus, kale, liver and eggs. Also, this vitamin is important in fighting stress and improving immunity.
Don’t worry about taking too much of the vitamin because it is water soluble and any excess your body doesn’t use gets flushed out when you urinate.
The thing that helps you with mosquitoes is that this vitamin changes the way you smell to them. Having enough Vitamin B1 in the system makes you smell “yeasty” to mosquitoes, which makes them uninterested to bite.
Most importantly, it does not change the way you smell to other people.
This has not been proved yet, but taking it every day has no negative effects, so feel free to give it a try.
Chronic alcoholism, Crohn’s disease, anorexia and gastric bypass are conditions that can decrease the thiamine in the body. People with these conditions can take this supplement to get the benefits.
If you want to try if this vitamin will help you against mosquito bites, take 100 mg of thiamin every day. You should start noticing a decrease in the amount of times you are smacking these pests away from the body.
If thiamine does not help you, try this recipe for natural mosquito repellent to avoid using chemical warfare on your body.
Tea tree oil
Cooled boiled water
How to prepare it?
Take an 8 oz. spray bottle and fill it halfway with cool water that has previously been boiled.
Then, add half a teaspoon of witch hazel and 15 drops of tea tree oil. Next add the 15 drops pf lavender oil.