What’s In Your Bug Repellent?
Most bug repellent sprays sold off the shelves contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) as their active ingredient. A study conducted in the late 1980s on Everglades National Park employees to determine the effects of DEET found that 1/4 of the subjects studied experienced negative health effects that they blamed on exposure to the chemical.
Overexposure to DEET in humans has resulted in eye irritation, vomiting and nausea if ingested, and has also been shown as an environmental toxin. Over time, use of sun-protection products with DEET could disrupt biological ecosystems, including marine life.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that DEET be sprayed over clothing, rather than directly onto the skin. Other steps to ensure that you’re applying bug spray in the safest way possible include:
- Never apply bug sprays over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
- Do not apply on hands or near the eyes and mouth, especially of young children.
- Do not allow young children to apply DEET products themselves.
- After returning indoors, wash bug spray-treated skin with soap and water.
- Heavy application is not necessary to achieve protection, so apply it sparingly.
- Do not spray in enclosed areas.
- Some bug spray products cannot be used on children under three years old, so always check the label to make sure.
Other less effective bug sprays contain pyrethrins. Pyrethrins are generally considered safe, but it can cause breathing problems if you breathe in large amounts.
“While DEET- and Picardin-containing bugs sprays do appear to be the most effective, natural bug sprays are a great option too. No matter what, no bug spray is 100% effective, and covering exposed skin and avoiding areas with high concentrations of mosquitoes is ultimately the most effective protection.”
~ Dr. Robin Berzin, mbg health expert and class instructor
A Natural Alternative – DIY Natural Bug Spray
In addition to the above dangers lurking in most bug repellents, they don’t smell pleasant too.
Hence today, we would like to share with you our Natural Bug Spray Recipe that not only works for us, but smells heavenly & is child-friendly too!
- 100ml Amber Glass Spray Bottle
- 80ml Purified Water
- 20ml Thayers Witch Hazel OR a pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
- Young Living Essential Oils (10 drops Purification, 5 drops Geranium)
- Pour Witch Hazel OR sprinkle a pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt into Amber Glass Spray Bottle
- Drip Essential Oils & swirl the bottle to ensure the contents are well mixed
- Fill the bottle with Purified / Filtered Water
- Shake Well before use
Spritz the Bug Repellant Spray all over face & body before heading outdoors. Reapply it as & when necessary.