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How To Make DIY Mosquito Repellent With Natural Essential Oils

How To Make DIY Mosquito Repellent With Natural Essential Oils

No one likes to deal with an itchy mosquito bite, let alone run the risk of contracting West Nile Virus from a bite that can cause neuroinvasive disease, such as meningitis or encephalitis. The Zika virus being spread in other countries by mosquitos is quite alarming, too.

But people often hesitate to apply DEET-containing mosquito repellents to themselves and particularly to their children’s skin, because of its toxicity. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that there should be no more than one application of DEET per day for children. And the repellents that contain DEET don’t last all day. But, there is a DIY mosquito repellent that contains natural ingredients proven to protect people from mosquitos.

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Why The Worry?

DEET is a toxic chemical that can cause a host of side effects, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, including:

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  • Hives, skin redness and irritation, blistering, burning and permanent scarring
  • Temporary burning and redness to the eyes, ears, nose and throat
  • Disorientation and clumsiness when walking
  • Breathing difficulty, coughing, tremors, seizures and loss of alertness of accidentally swallowed
  • Coma and death

What To Do?

Household Hacker has developed a natural DIY mosquito repellent, designed to protect oneself from this pesky pest with the simple ingredients listed below. Be sure to follow the measurements exactly.

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  • Lemon eucalyptus oil
  • Witch hazel
  • Vanilla extract

With this deliciously scented concoction that is DEET-free, you’ll be ready for mosquito season in no time. It’s a great alternative to store-bought repellents and will lend you peace of mind when applying it to children, too.

FAQs About This DIY Mosquito Repellent

  1. How does this work?
    The lemon eucalyptus oil contains menthoglycol. Studies show that it acts as a repellent with the same effectiveness of DEET, but without the harmful side effects.
  2. Where do I find this oil?
    You can usually find it in the natural food section of your grocery store or the vitamin aisle.
  3. What about lemongrass and citronella?
    They do work, but unfortunately for only about 30 minutes, then you have to reapply them. This DIY repellent offers a longer protection period.
  4. Why do you add vanilla extract?
    It is optional, but it helps with the product’s effectiveness and scent.
  5. What if I don’t have witch hazel handy?
    You can substitute it with rubbing alcohol, cooking oil, or vodka.
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Last Updated on January 26, 2021

Science Says A Glass Of Red Wine Can Replace 1 Hour Exercising

Science Says A Glass Of Red Wine Can Replace 1 Hour Exercising

Are you a red wine drinker? What if I tell you sipping in a glass of wine can equate to an hour of exercise? Yup, it’s tried and tested. A new scientific study has just confirmed this wonderful news. So next time you hold a glass of Merlot, you can brag about one hour of hard workout. Rejoice, drinkers!

What the study found out

“I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for the more improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”

(applauds)

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I’m not saying this, but the study’s principal investigator Jason Dyck who got it published in the Journal of Physiology in May.

In a statement to ScienceDaily, Dyck pointed out that resveratrol is your magic “natural compound” which lavishes you with the same benefits as you would earn from working out in the gym.

And where do you find it? Fruits, nuts and of course, red wine!

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Did I forget to mention Dyck also researched resveratrol can “enhance exercise training and performance”?

There are limits, of course

But, all is not gold as they say. If you’re a lady who likes to flaunt holding a glass of white wine in the club or simply a Chardonnay-lover,you have a bad (sad) news. The “one hour workout” formula only works with red wine, not non red wines. And don’t be mistaken and think you’ve managed 4 to 6 hours of workout sessions if you happen to gulp down a bottle of red wine.

And what can replace the golden lifetime benefits of exercise?Exercise is just as important as you age. Period! But hey, don’t be discouraged; look at the bigger picture here. A glass of red wine is not a bad deal after all!

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The health benefits of red wine

But just how beneficial is the red alcoholic beverage to your body? As we all know red wine is a healthier choice youc an make when boozing.

Let’s hear it from a registered dietitian. Leah Kaufman lists red wine as the “most calorie friendly” alcoholic beverage. Sure, you won’t mind adding up to a mere 100 calories per 5-ounce glass of red wine after you realize it contains antioxidants, lowers risk of heart disease and stroke, reduces risk of diabetes-related diseases, helps avoid formation of blood clots and lowers bad cholesterol level.

Wantmore? Wine could also replace your mouthwash because the flavan-3-ols in red wines can control the “bad bacteria” in your mouth.To add to that list of benefits, moderate wine drinking may be beneficial for your eyes too – a recent study mentions.

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Be aware of the risks, too

Having mentioned all the ‘goods’ about red wine, you cannot underplay the fact that it is still an alcohol, which isn’t the best stuff to pour into your body. What is excessive drinking going to do to your body? Know the risks and you should be a good drinker at the end of the day.

However, you don’t want to discard the red vino from your “right eating”regimen just because it stains your teeth blue. M-o-d-e-r-a-t-i-o-n. Did you read that? That’s the operative word when it comes to booze.

By the way, when chocolate is paired with wine, particularly red, they can bring you some exceptional benefits towards your health.But again, if you tend to go overboard and booze down bottles after bottles, you are up for the negative side of alcohol, and we all know what too much of sweetness (sugar) can do to our body (open invitation to diabetes and heart diseases if you aren’t aware).

Folks, the red grape beverage is certainly a good buy to have a good hour’s worth of cardio, provided you keep the ‘M’ word in mind. Cheers!

Featured photo credit: James Palinsad via flickr.com

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