It’s summertime and that means mosquitoes for Greece and throughout many countries. If you are a prime target for the pesky buzzing bugs, here are some natural remedies from Greece to help make mosquitoes go away and to treat bites.
Preventing mosquitoes from biting you
First off, let’s start with some simple ways to help prevent mosquitoes from biting you. Here in Greece, the last thing you want to have to do is wear long sleeves and pants all summer as the temperature climbs near 100 degrees Fahrenheit almost daily.
One way to naturally repel mosquitoes is by preparing a concoction of essential oils that are very popular in Greece.
In villages across the country, yiayias (grandmother) will tell you to put a few drops of essential oil of lavender or citronella, or both, in a spay bottle with some baby oil, shake it up, and spray.
This natural remedy will help deter mosquitoes from biting you. You can even spray your bed linens and clothes for extra protection.
An added bonus to this safe and natural remedy is that you will smell delightfully botanical.
Another thing that Greeks do to prevent mosquitoes from attacking is placing basil plants in their gardens and on their balconies. It is the perfect natural repellent for mosquitoes.
Stop the itch and make bites go away
A favorite Greek remedy for mosquito bites is vinegar. In fact, vinegar is a natural remedy that is used to cure an array of aliments in Greece.
In order to stop the itch of a mosquito bite, Greeks simple dab a cotton ball with some vinegar and apply it to the bite. Not only does the swelling and itching go away, it is also thought to make the bite disappear faster.
Another trick that helps stop the itch is using aloe vera. Greek scientists have been revered aloe vera as the universal panacea for more than 2,000 years.
All you need to do is cut off a fresh piece of aloe vera and rub the gel on your mosquito bites to make the itch go away.
Greek yogurt is of course another natural remedy Greeks use to make the itch of nasty mosquito bites stop.
Not only is yogurt is made with proteins that coat and soothe the skin from irritation, it also reduces inflammation. An added bonus is that the probiotics in Greek yogurt will help repair the skin and make it look less blotchy.