These tips were in an e-mail a friend sent me. Since mosquito season is coming soon, I thought some of you could use these.
Take one vitaimin B-1 tablet a day, April through October .
The odor the tablet gives out through your skin
(YOU can not smell it) repels mosquitos,black flies,
no seeum's, and gnat's. It does not work on stinging insects.
Plant marigolds around the yard, the flowers give off
a smell that bugs do not like,
so plant some in that garden also to help ward
off bugs without using insecticides.
Mix your own:
20 drops Eucalyptus oil
20 drops Cedarwood oil
10 drops Tea Tree oil
10 drops Geranium oil
2 oz. carrier oil ( such as Jojoba )
Mix together in a 4 oz. container. Apply to skin as
needed avoiding the eye area. Keep out of reach
of children. Test on a small area of skin for sensitivities .
Experiment with different percentages of essential oil.
One of the best natural insect repellants
is made from the clear real vanilla (not the grocery store
vanilla extract which is mostly alcohol). This is the pure
vanilla that is sold in Mexico. It's cheap there if you know
of someone that lives there or in the US close to the border.
If not, health food stores usually carry it or can order it
for you. I use it half vanilla and half water and find
that it works great for mosquitoes and ticks,
don't know about other insects.
Hopefully a few of you will find this helpful!