Summer is always a beautiful season because it comes with sandy beaches, sunny skies and the longer days. Unfortunately, summer also comes with mosquitoes which normally shouldn’t be a problem because we’ve been using mosquito repellents since around 1956.


However, there are some adverse effects associated with the use of mosquito repellent sprays especially DEET, which should not be ignored, in addition to the chemical smell that lingers on after using a repellent. If you don’t like using these sprays using taking vitamin B1 is the ideal solution.


Also referred to as thiamine, and typically found in eggs, brown rice, liver, oatmeal, yeast etc., vitamin B1 is required by the body in fighting stress and boosting immunity. People suffering from gastric bypass, anorexia, chronic alcoholism, Crohn’s disease and other diseases that reduce B1 levels in the body are advised to boost their vitamin B1 levels with B1 supplements. As with other water soluble vitamins, there are no fears about taking too much of vitamin B1 as we can always eliminate the excess through urination.


How does it repel mosquitoes? Vitamin B1 changes your body smell to a “yeasty” smell which can be perceived by mosquitoes only and which they find unappealing. This smell keeps them away from you. The amazing thing about it is that humans cannot perceive the yeasty smell.


Although research is still ongoing and there are no concrete conclusions or recommendations yet, this is still worth a trial. Besides, it is an all-natural solution without any side-effects. In fact, people who have used it insist that it is effective.


You can keep mosquitoes away in two ways; either take 100mg of B1 supplements every day or make an all-natural mosquito repellent by following the recipe below.


  • Cooled boiled water
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • ½ tsp witch hazel
  • 15 drops lavender oil


Preparation Instructions

  • Get a 8oz. spray bottle and fill to the halfway point with boiled water
  • Add the tea tree oil, lavender oil, and witch hazel
  • Use the repellent as required