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Mosquito Magnet? Eat These!

Tasty repellents to the rescue!

One thing we hate most about the rainy season: the swarm of mosquitoes that comes along with it. Not only are these bloodsuckers irritating, they also raise health concerns as we become more prone to dengue and malaria.

Mosquitoes target their victims through smell, so what you eat or put on your skin matters. Since insect repellents contain chemicals that may be harmful to your health, it might be a good idea to use natural or organic ones instead. 

Here are a few things you should try:

1. Citrus fruits
If you want to keep mosquitoes away, you should include citrus fruits like lime, oranges, and lemons in your diet.

2. Garlic
Garlic contains a chemical compound that seeps from the skin pores and masks natural body odors.

3. Vanilla
Mix one tablespoon of vanilla extract with one cup of water, and you have a DIY and sweet-smelling insect repellent!

4. Onions
This may sound a bit gross, but if you rub onion on your skin, it keeps away mosquitoes and other insects.

5. Spicy food
Most spicy food contain onions, chilies, garlic, and coriander, which all have mosquito repelling qualities.

6. Vitamin B1 or Thiamine
Lean pork, trout, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, wheat bread, green peas, squash, and asparagus are rich in Thiamine.

Source: Philstar

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