Why do some people get bitten by mosquitoes than others? And why do some people react to the bites so much more strongly?
When we feel fear, anger, jealousy; when we eat spicy food, or drink alcohol it creates heat within us. Add some warm, humid weather to that and a few processed foods (which are also heat producing), and those mosquitoes can feel the draw of our internal fire a mile away! Ever tried taking a cold or cooling shower and noticed that for a while afterwards you don’t get bitten? That’s because you’re cooler! A cool shower is calming, as it cools us down emotionally too.
But that’s not all!….
Mozzies also love a wet environment too, when we perspire or have a lot of water in our bodies we also act like a mozzie magnet…now if you combine those factors – heat and moisture you have the perfect recipe for a mozzie feast!!
In Ayurveda fire dominant people are called Pitta types. People of a pitta constitution are hotter; they generate more heat, are passionate and firey by nature, and they feel the intensity of heat more deeply. The heat affects them more than anyone else – as opposed Vata dominant types who tolerate heat and even thrive in it!
And Kapha types are more moist, retaining more water in their tissues, and although they can be cool by nature, if they have Pitta traits in them too, then they will be moist and warm!!!
So my theory is – if you are Pitta and Kapha pre-dominant (especially if these elements are imbalanced– then you are a target! And those of you who are more air based (dry, cooler types, will be the ones the mozzies are not so attracted to)
What’s more your reaction to the bites may also be governed by your dominant elements. The more fire you have within the more inflamed your reaction will be, whereas those of you who are more watery may tend towards blisters or find that their bites don’t last as long.
Some tips to manage the warm watery elements ( if my theory is right – these may help!)
• Applying aloe based mosquito repellent with essential oils that cool you down such as – lavender or peppermint in a coconut oil base, might help too!
• Try sipping on mint tea, or cucumber and aloe juice to cool down from within.
• Avoid sweet or deep fried foods.
• Exfoliate your skin gently at least once a week; and take care (especially Kapha types) to stimulate the lymph system with yoga inversions, hot and cold showers and plenty of exercise.
For more information on your body type or issues that you have in relation to your dominant elements, please contact me!