6 Natural Ways To Protect Your Child From Mosquitoes
By: Kratika Mon, 18 Oct 2021 5:58 PM
With rains comes the nuisance of mosquitoes that not only irritate us, but also trouble our little ones. Mosquito bites can lead to an itchy rash and in severe cases illnesses like dengue. So, how do we protect our child from mosquitoes? How do we ensure that our child is safe and protected when both indoors and outdoors? Of course, the usual measures like ensuring that your child is dressed properly, arms and legs fully covered, and the clothes are lighter in colour, as dark colours attract insects always helps, just like ensuring that the environment near and in your home is neat and dry.
Neem tree has numerous medicinal benefits. It is also an excellent insect/mosquito repellent. You may either keep a twig of neem leaves in your room or apply neem oil on your skin and you are ready to fight the mosquitoes.
Garlic, owing to its pungent smell, makes for a good mosquito repellent. It is believed that people who regularly consume garlic are repulsive to mosquitoes. So you can either consume it or keep cluster of cloves in your home in all the rooms for better protection from mosquitoes.
Essential oils like eucalyptus, cinnamon, castor, rosemary, cedar and peppermint are known to be good natural mosquito repellents. You may either use them as they are and rub them directly onto your skin or you may mix them with your regular moisturiser. Other oils that act as natural mosquito repellent are mustard and soybean oil.
Lavender is another natural mosquito repellent. Yes, lavender is a flower that pleases humans but mosquitoes find it quite unpleasant thus making it a good mosquito repellent. Grow a lavender plant either in your garden, or pluck some fresh flowers and place them in your home. Lavender oil can also be used as a mosquito repellent. Apply it on your skin and voila no mosquito will dare touch you!
Citronella is also considered as a good natural mosquito repellent. Derived from a species of lemon grass, citronella oil’s smell is quite offensive and repulsive for the mosquitoes. Most of the leading mosquito repellent creams have citronella as one of the main ingredients in their creams.
Camphor that is easily available in almost all the homes is an excellent natural repellent. You may burn the camphor in a metallic diya and then take the diya and let all your rooms have a whiff of smoke. Or else take a bowl or a bottle and put a camphor pellet in it with a few drops of water. However, you need to change the pellet regularly.