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With the recent news of the spread of the Zika virus, it can be a daunting and terrifying task to allow your children (and even you) to go outside and be exposed to possible bug bites. Besides the risk of disease, bug bites sting and hurt! How can you make sure to minimize the danger of being bitten, the natural way. We put together a list below of “natural” remedies that dozens of people, and even I, swear by.
Vick’s Vapor Rub: This old familiar cream is for more than just helping clear congestion. Many people swear that it keeps bugs away. Rub a small dab on your pulse points (neck, wrists, elbows, and knees) before going outside.
Avon’s Skin So Soft: This old staple has been around as a bug repellent since I was a kid. My mom used to swear it prevented bug bites, especially with mosquitoes. Available from the Avon Beauty supply company (and now, EBay, Amazon, Esty, etc.), this liquid has a neutral scent. Dab it on your pulse points and also for added protection, rub over all exposed skin except for the face.
Go Natural: Bugs tend to be attracted to scent, especially those which are musky or sweet. Try going “natural” and limiting your use of perfumes. This includes scented deodorant (try corn starch or baby powder in place of scented roll-on) and make up. Look for unscented lotion and sunscreen as well.
Minty Fresh: Many insects loathe the scent of mint. Peppermint and spearmint have long been used as natural deterrents to bugs and/or rodents when planted around the exterior of your home. Try using a dab of either oil on pulse points to keep the biting menaces away.
Cinnamon: Research into the healing properties of this spice continues to show versatile use. Besides making foods and smoothies yummy (and moderating blood sugar), cinnamon can deter bug bites. A dab of the oil on pulse points can help keep bites down and also make you smell great. As an added tip: Have trouble with ants in your home? Sprinkle cinnamon across window and door sills. Ants refuse to cross this line plus your home will have a clean, home-baked scent.
* Please keep in mind that every person has a unique body chemistry; what works for some may not work for all. You might have to play around to find something that works for you.*