Using The Scent of Peppermint to Repel Mosquitoes & Other Insects.
Time Magazine posted a link on twitter recently about why mosquitoes feast on some people and not others.
I’m one of those people who they like to make a meal out of and I don’t enjoy being on their food chain. They find me when I’m outside, day or night, so I use the scent of peppermint to repel them. Some still land on me but they don’t bite, not even the big ones found on the farm!
I wanted to share the information I learned from doing the research that helped me figure out how to outwit the bloodsuckers. Furthermore, I wanted to show you the product that I’m most fond of using for this very purpose.
This is the short video from Time Magazine.
Insects can’t stand the smell of peppermint.
Yes garlic works too, but I don’t want to walk around smelling like garlic. Nor did I want to keep dryer sheets in my pockets, as some friends had suggested I do when I inquired with them about how they handled the issue. I don’t like the idea of covering my body with poison either, and I refuse to wear long sleeves and pants in the heat. It’s as uncomfortable as being eaten alive by insects, so I had to seek out an alternative solution.
I found during my research that insects don’t like the scent of mint.
I love the smell of mint, especially peppermint, so I knew this would be a good solution for me. Then I found a product I really like. Plant Therapy sells bottles of peppermint lotion. They’re eight ounce bottles but it doesn’t take much to do the job when you’re just using it to repel mosquitoes. I rub it on any exposed skin, and as long as I have it on it appears to have solved my issue. I use the lotion, but using essential oils may work also.
Peppermint also soothes itchiness!
According Smithsonian Magazine even stick bugs use a peppermint scent to prevent spiders and other predators from preying on them. Click here to watch for yourself! If you’ve ever read the bible verse about studying the ants and how they work (Proverbs 6:6,) then you know it’s possible to observe and learn from other creatures too. Check out the Tree of Life essential oil diffuser locket in the image below. Would you have ever thought to use jewelry to repel insects? Well some genius made that possible too.
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