Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasites, which is spread to people through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito, also known as malaria vectors. The theme for 2018’s Malaria Day is ‘Ready to beat Malaria’. World Malaria Day is observed on April 25 every year to recognize the global effort to control malaria and also to spread awareness about the around the world. It is intended as an energizing call to arms for organisations the world over to drive towards one shared goal of a malaria-free world.
Half the world still lives at risk from this preventable, treatable disease, which costs a child’s life every two minutes. We urgently need to do more to end malaria and save millions more who will otherwise needlessly die from the disease. Just under 500,000 people died from malaria in 2016, proving how much work is still to be done to eradicate this disease.
What are the symptoms of malaria?
Malaria symptoms typically appear 10-15 days after the infected mosquito bite. It initially presents as fever, headache and chills but can be mild, making it hard to diagnose. In children, malaria can result in severe anemia and breathing difficulties, while adults are at risk of multi-organ failure, and both children and adults can die from the disease.
On World Malaria Day 2018, Read 6 Effective Natural Remedies To Keep Away From Mosquitoes
1. Lavender Oil
Mosquitoes can’t bear the smell of the lavender flower and oil as it is very strong. Lavender oil can be mixed with citronella and eucalyptus oils and then sprayed to repel mosquitoes. Or you can also apply it on your face and other parts of the body which remain exposed.Reapply after a few hours as the effect may wear off.
2. Neem Oil
One of India’s most prized medicinal plant, neem may come in handy to repel the nasty mosquitoes. Use a few drops in your infuser and spread across the room. You can also mix it with coconut oil and apply it all over your body.
3. Ajwain Seeds
Apart from digestion and preventing gas, Ajwain or carom seeds may also be used to repel mosquitoes. Combine a handful of ajwain seeds with mustard oil, apply it on cardboard pieces and place it in strategic positions in your house to ward off mosquitoes. The strong aroma of ajwain and mustard would help ward of the mosquitoes and prevent insect bites.
Garlic is again a strong smelling natural ingredients that mosquitoes are not able to tolerate. Extract of garlic has mosquito larvicidal properties, which can be put to keep the mosquitoes away. Crush a few cloves of garlic and boil it in water for some time. Once boiled, pour the repellent in an infuser and spray it around your home. If you are not allergic, you may also rub a garlic clove directly on the skin
5. Holy Basil
It is very common to spot Holy basil plants in the courtyards an balconies of a majority of Indian households. Holy basil leaves are known to have properties that may kill mosquito larvae, hence having one holy basil plant at the entry pints of your home may not be a bad idea. You can also spray basil oil to repel mosquitoes and prevent insect bites.
Camphor is an effective remedy and a natural mosquito repellent that works better than chemical repellents. Just close all the doors and windows of your room, and light the camphor, leaving it for about an hour. It is one of the most effective ways to get rid of mosquitoes naturally.
We are ready to beat malaria. Are you?
Note: Always consult a health practitioner before beginning any natural health routine.