Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mosquito tips for a restful sleep

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room”  -Dalai Lama XIV

Totally love that quote, but did not like waking up at 4:30am the other night with me and my husband both trying to find the mosquito (or mozzy as my husband calls them) that was taunting us in our bedroom. One sure way to ensure that the nasty biters stay out is to mix 4 parts water to 1 part tea  tree oil, mix in a spray bottle and spray around he upper walls and doors of your room; apparently they dont like the smell.

Needless to say we slept great the next night ;)

 Here is a bog I wrote ages ago but it stills ring true...

Natural Mosquito Repellents

I was out at my mother and father's house on Sunday and noticed that my mom had lemon thyme plants growing in the backyard right in front of the back door that leads into the house. My mother explained that the lemon thyme works as a natural mosquito repellent and that every time she goes to sit in the backyard she takes a few leaves, bruises them by crushing them in her hand, and then places the essence from the leaves around her ankles, knees, elbows and shoulders. There are other natural plants that act as mosquito repellents such as Lavender, Rose Geranium, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, and Citronella, which can be found in most health food stores. If you don't have a back garden or any place to grow these plants then I would advise buying natural sprays, lotions or candles from your local health food store.

Other tips to avoid getting bit by mosquitos are:
  • Avoid dark clothing (dark clothes and foliage are initial attractants)
  • Avoid floral or fruity fragrances (perfumes, hair products, and scented sunscreens, also watch for floral fragrance from fabric softeners)
  • Avoid staying near standing water (even small amounts of water, for example: moist plants or mud puddles, will draw mosquitoes. Standing water also allows mosquitoes to reproduce.)
  • Avoid excessive perspiration (you release more lactic acid when you have been exercising or after eating certain foods for example: salty foods and high-potassium foods)


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