Day 180–A Mosquito Challenge

Ochlerotatus notoscriptus, Tasmania, Australia

Watering the garden last night, I was besieged¬†by mosquitoes. Those tiny little¬†devils love me (or at least, they love my blood). I’m not very good about putting bug spray on unless I’m camping and I never did get around to ordering that mesh beekeeping suit. The only products that work on me involve DEET. But who wants a known carcinogen on their body? And would I really wear the beekeeping suit when it’s 106 outside? And while we’re at it, why me??? What makes me such a popular mosquito destination while others get left alone? I’ve heard many theories about this including my estrogen level, how close my blood vessels are to the surface of my skin and–most recently–that I was born in The North.

I recently read about a homeopathic remedy that supposedly works from the inside out (regardless of where you’re from). It involves natures miracle–that’s right–vinegar. The goal of this treatment is to change your skin’s chemical composition to make it more acidic. I’m going to start this tonight and see if in a week I have any difference in my mosquito appeal. And if it doesn’t, well, it certainly can’t hurt. Here is the recipe:

  • 1 c. warm water
  • 3 Tbsp. cider vinegar

Add the cider vinegar to the cup of warm water and drink. Consume one cup per day. Here’s to research!