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The One Vitamin That Can Help Repel Mosquitoes All Summer (Video)

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(N.Morgan) Mosquitoes are considered to be one of the of the most annoying bugs on the planet.

The red, itchy, bites can cause pain, scabs and can even lead to Infantigo, which is a bacterial skin infection.

It can be caused by two different types of bacteria: strep (streptococcus) or staph (staphylococcus).

Typically, these bacteria will infect skin that is broken or damaged by cuts, scratches, bites, eczema, or other skin conditions. 

 There are several ways to ward off biting bugs, from using Vicks VapoRub to garlic, and there is one thing these all have in common – to produce an odor that mosquitos simply don’t like.

There is also one vitamin that when ingested, produces an odor on our skin which is repellent to mosquitoes but undetectable by humans.

Here are 5 great tips to have a mosquito-free summer:

1) Take a B1 supplement. The one vitamin is Vitamin B1, otherwise known as thiamine.

Although not scientifically proven, many people attest to the effectiveness of Vitamin B1 as a mosquito repellent. It also has a plethora of other fantastic health benefits, so why not give it a try?

The recommended dosage is 25-50mg, three times a day. There are concentrated supplements available from the pharmacy, but there are also common foods which are high in Vitamin B1, and adding these delicious foods to your diet may make you less appealing to mosquitoes! Sunflower seeds, beans, whole grains and yeast make the list, as well as kale, cauliflower and broccoli.

And why is B1 so good for us? Here’s what we found:

According to Organic Facts, it plays an important role in maintaining a healthy nervous system, as well as healthy skin, hair, eyes, mouth and liver. It also helps our bodies to withstand stress, which we can all use a little help with sometimes!

B1 is a key player in converting sugar into usable energy, and it works as a powerful antioxidant which can slow down the aging process. It is even good for our mental health. Just taking B1 isn’t the only thing you can do. 

2) Be prepared. Got a holiday coming up? Start taking the B1 supplements two weeks in advance – Love to Know advises that this is roughly how long it takes for the vitamin levels to build up in your body. And on that note, Vitamin B1 is water soluble, meaning it can be flushed from your body very quickly. Keep up your stores of B1 by continuously taking it in supplement form, and by snacking on the vitamin-rich foods listed above.

3) Use less bug spray. Most bug sprays contain neurotoxic chemicals such as permethrin and DEET. Love to Know explains that we absorb a lot through our skin and those chemicals go straight into our blood stream – so do we really want those harsh chemicals pumping through our bodies? There are some occasions when those bug sprays may be the safest option, but for places where mosquitoes don’t carry serious disease, it could be worthwhile trying natural alternatives, such as Vitamin B1.

4) Supplement with a natural repellent. If the mosquitoes are out in force, you can add another layer of protection by making your own repellent. Try this recipe, by David Wolfe – it uses only two ingredients! He recommends crushing fresh parsley with apple cider vinegar and leaving to sit for a few hours. Or you can try these recipes which use a simple mixture of olive oil and essential oils, the scent of which is known to deter bugs. Be sure to dilute the essential oils so that they’re safe to use on your skin, and follow the usage instructions carefully – essential oils are not right for everyone.

5) Stop giving mosquitoes a home. Pediatric Insider explains that mosquitoes breed in standing water, so try to empty any empty flowerpots, birdbaths or gutters that might be proving an ideal breeding place. Mosquitoes don’t venture too far from their homes, so if they can’t breed in your backyard, chances are you’ll see a lot less of them.

In the video below, Ranger Kooky puts the B1 suppliment to the test check out the results:

In conclusion, there are many ways to repel mosquitoes and you don’t have to put harsh chemicals on your skin to do it.

Try using natural bug sprays and being aware of where mosquitoes are breeding around your home, and of course, dose up on that Vitamin B1!

It is a safe and naturally-occurring part of a healthy diet, so you’ll notice other great health benefits too.

Another thing to consider is that if you are traveling somewhere with risk of malaria, yellow fever, or other serious diseases carried by mosquitoes, consult your doctor to discuss more stringent ways to deter mosquitoes.

However, if you’re looking for a healthy, toxin-free way of deterring mosquitoes and it is safe to risk an occasional bite, stock up on Vitamin B1 – it’s a healthy alternative.


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    • Pink Slime

      Hello Angle#3,

      Charlie here. Someone just wrote about it here on BIN. They said stuffing or filling lemon with cloves is said to keep mosquitoes away. I have not tried it.

      But I did make a mixture of it and ate it with some doughnuts. So far no mosquito bites. The bad? No doughnuts left either. :lol: :lol: <- :mad:

      Tomorrow I shall be left at the mercy of (no not the mosquitoes) but having no doughnuts! :mad: :mad: <- :lol:


      Charlie (packing up and returning to civilization) :cry: :cry: <- :neutral:

    • desertspeaks

      I went fishing with my nephew a while back, I was putting apple cider vinegar into my water bottle because the mosquito’s are an issue on this particular lake. He asked me why, so I told him about the mosquito’s and acv keeps them away.. he scoffed at me,.
      Hours later, after having spent the entire time swatting mosquito’s he asked if they were bothering me. I said nope.. not a single bite, they’d get close and fly off.
      I offered to put acv in his water but he said no..

      The next morning he looked like he had been used as a pin cushion, not a single bite on the old guy though :P

      Never heard of using b1 for them though.. I like tried and true, and will stick with what I know works!

    • dj dawg

      I don’t know what kind of mosquitoes you have where you live but you try that down here in Texas and these mosquitoes will bitch slap the b1. pills right out your hand as they laugh and bite the crap out of you

      • Pink Slime

        I also heard they rape turkeys. Is that true or only in Alabama? :lol:

      • Man

        ssst you are spoiling the magic… they just want to sell their pills

    • texangirl

      There is another thing that will repel them, this works great in a survival situation. Wood smoke from a fire. I use to run a bbq pit at a restaurant, after work when we were all outside hanging out, they would try to land on me and would just buzz off and bit everyone else. I remember this several weeks ago when we rented a cabin at a state park. We had a fire the 1st night, we showered the next day and was attacked. I built us a fire and we all stood in the smoke and had no other problems after that!

    • Shorty

      OK … Mosquito repellent – Vitamin B1, Apple Cider Vinegar, Wood Smoke — check

      Now, how about ticks?

      • desertspeaks

        duct tape and napalm lol

    • Sun Rabbit

      Fact: the mosquito is the single most dangerous animal to humans. Wolves, lions, sharks, snakes, etc. are nothing compared to the number of people killed by mosquitos.
      Fact: 30% of all the people who have ever died in the history of humanity have been killed by a mosquito-borne illness, notably malaria.
      Fact: Vitamin B1 is the best of all the B vitamins because the body will transform it into any other B vitamin it needs and yes, it does repel mosquitos.
      Garlic works as well, and also repels ticks, which are also dangerous.
      You don’t have to follow any of the old-wive’s tales in removing a tick, like putting oil on it or twisting it clockwise (or counterclockwise). Just grab the body and pull it straight out, slowly. A doctor told me this.

    • Dr Richard Ruhling

      Taking HIGH doses of B-1 can give you a relative deficiency of B-2.
      Find an herbal repellent.

    • Redlist Renegade

      Great ! Now if only there was a repellent for Taxes and Thevin’ Weasel Politicians !!!

      • The Druid

        There is, it’s called a 338 Lapua.

        • Redlist Renegade

          Or ANY model of a Barrett 50 Cal. !!!

      • Sun Rabbit

        BitCoin and other cryptocurrencies. No government can tax those until such time as you convert it into a bank-issued currency.

    • truck driver

      I’m half way through a bottle of Miracle 2000 taking 3 cap fulls a day and I noticed I’m not smashing bed bugs as much and the bed bug bites are heading up fast

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