Monday, August 10, 2015

Make Your Own All-Natural Bug Repellant

No one likes having to deal with mosquito bites.  But instead of grabbing a pesticide and chemical laden commercial bug spray, there are natural ways you can avoid the annoyance of bug bites.

The worst time for mosquitoes is at dusk and dawn, so if you can, avoid being outside during those times.  If you must, wearing long sleeves and pants provides them less skin surface to land on.  When that isn't possible, you can use natural based bug sprays.  There are now several available for purchase in stores.  But why buy what you can make yourself at home?  And it's easier than you may think!  Read on for the recipe:

  • Witch Hazel
  • Distilled Water
  • Vegetable Glycerine (optional)
  • Essential Oils of Choice: Good ones to use (in order of potency) are Neem Oil, Citronella,  Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Clove, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Cedar, Catnip,      and Lavender (If you want your spray to be especially effective, you won't want to skip the Neem Oil.  It is truly nature's superstar when it comes to repelling bugs!)

  1. Fill 8 oz. spray bottle half full with distilled water.
  2. Add witch hazel to near full.
  3. Add 1/2 tsp. vegetable glycerine, if desired.
  4. Add 30-50 drops of essential oils in any combination.  The stronger the scent, the better it will work in warding off the bugs!

If you're asking why you should bother, then here is just a condensed list of some of the toxic - and sometimes fatal - side effects of using DEET, the most common active chemical used in bug repellants. If you are interested, you may visit the links below for more extensive research information.

Case reports of toxicity from DEET exposure have been widely documented in medical literature, and range in severity from mild skin irritation, damaging effects on brain cells, psychological effects, muscle control, strength and coordination, memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, tremors and shortness of breath to even death. Some of these symptoms may not be evident until months or even years after exposure. 

Children are more susceptible to subtle brain changes caused by chemicals in their environment because their skin more readily absorbs them. Also, their still-developing nervous systems are more potently affected. For the same reasons, you should NEVER EVER use insect repellant containing DEET on infants.

Wouldn't you agree it just isn't worth risking your or your children's health?  Go natural instead. You'll be glad you did!


No comments:

Post a Comment