A crunchy mums guide to mozzie bites

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I think I must have a giant neon sign on my forehead that says “eat me” because come summer, I turn into a human lunch buffet for Mosquitos.

I have tried everything. You name it, I’ve tried it. From bracelets, to plug ins to sprays. As a mum, I want to stay away from harsh chemicals as much as possible. We use a lot of coconut oil and cacao butter in the Fabulous household for bath time and as a moisturiser for the little one.

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What really drove the point home for me in regards to mosquito repellant products was when I bought a couple of cans of jungle formula few years ago. As soon as I had finished spraying it on, my nail polish started completely peeling off my finger nails. And I hadn’t even sprayed it on heavily in that area.

This was when I decided that there had to be a more natural way to deal with mosquito bites.

Of course, when you are Croatian, your aunties will tell you “you get bitten because your blood is sweet” and they will chase you with incense sticks and giant oversized cardigans to wear in the evening in 30 degrees heat.

Here are my top tried and tested tips how to prevent and heal mozzie bites naturally (and I promise they won’t include wearing long garments!)

  • Close your windows in the evening if you are in a mosquito prone country. Some places we stayed at had mosquito nets in the windows and doors which was great.
  • If you hear a mozzie buzzing around your head, I found they love to gather around a light source, try and get it and send it to mozzie heaven. You will sleep much more peaceful
  • Citronella oil – why not go straight to the source. Your average mozzie repellant will have citronella in some form or another. Apparently they really don’t like the smell. You can order a bottle from Amazon. I combine 20 drops with some water in a little travel sized plastic spray bottle, shake the mixture and spray, spray, spray!
  • Lavender Oil – I have some good experience using a home made lavender oil spray, too. Just combine some drops of the lavender oil with water in a spray bottle and keep reapplying it as needed. I buy mine at a local market on holiday, but could order it online.
  • Garlic oil / garlic capsules – 1 or 2 weeks before your holiday (or when needed) I start popping Garlic tablets to keep the local vampires and Mosquitos in cheque. Combined with the essential oil spray, it helps keep the mosquitos far far away from me.

 

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Once you have been bitten, I have 2 go to recipes to keep the swelling down and help the bites heal faster

  1. Bit obvious, but stop scratching your mozzie bites, as tempting as it is. It will only make it worse.
  2. Baking soda – combine 1/2 tsp baking soda with a few drops of water and spread around the bite. Leave for a few minutes before washing off. The baking soda and water neutralise the pH on your skin and provide some relief.
  3. Aloe Vera – is my go to remedy. Often when we holiday in Croatia, Aloe Vera grows naturally and I pick a few leaves and pop them in the fridge. Peel the thick skin and squeeze some of the aloe gel onto the mosquito bite. Reapply as needed.
  4. Echeveria – succulent which looks like a rose with pointy leaves. If there is no Aloe Vera, this succulent has helped heal my bites and stop the itching and swelling. Pick a leaf, peel some of the skin back and squeeze until the juice comes out. Reapply as needed.

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Between the Citronella oil and the succulents, our bites have healed beautifully. I am happy to use these gentle remedies on my toddler too where needed. You may have to reapply the essential oil sprays throughout the night. Usually a bottle of Citronella oil will last you ages though as you only use a few drops each time. And it is very economic, too.

Do you have any natural mosquito remedies and what are they? Comment below, or take it to Twitter@fabulousmummy1!

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