Mosquitos lay eggs in winter which hatch in summer. To lay eggs they require protein and human blood is their first choice. Hence, incidences of Dengue and Malaria rise before winter. To protect yourself from mosquito bites, here are 5 very effective mosquito repellents that you can prepare at home.
1. Mustard, Neem & Sea Salt Fumes
Take equal quantities by weight of 3 easily available powders, viz. Mustard, Neem leaves and natural sea salt. Take an iron bowl with burning red coal in it. Sprinkle little powder in small amounts. As fumes start to build, fan it mildly until it has covered the room. Carefully carry the pot to every room. The fume is not harmful for humans.
2. Deodar, Lemongrass & Neem oil mixture
Mix equal parts of deodar oil, lemongrass oil, Neem oil and store it. In the evening when mosquitos become active you can apply this on your skin to keep mosquitos away.
3. Karpura diffuser
Diffusing camphor in your living spaces will repel mosquitos and add a pleasant fragrance. Make a homemade diffuser by placing two tablets of commercially available camphor (kapura) in plate or bowl with warm water in it. For best results keep the doors and windows closed for 10-15 minutes for the fumes to work.
4. Neem & coconut oil
Neem & coconut oil is also a great mosquito repellent. Make a skin friendly insecticide by mixing neem oil and coconut oil in equal quantity and apply it on the body. This will protect you from mosquito bites for at least 8-10 hours.
5. Tulsi plant
The tulsi plant releases a mild fragrance that keep mosquitos away. You can make a paste of dried tulsi leaves in coconut oil and apply on your skin as a repellent.
Stay safe from mosquito bites. If you have fever, please consider getting your blood tested for dengue or malaria.
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