‘Tis the season for camping, swimming, boating, biking, hiking and BUGS! Don’t let these little pests ruin your fun. Make your own natural bug repellent that you can feel safe using on your whole family!
We all know that bug bites can be a real pain, yet itchy bumps or even viruses spread by blood-sucking pests are not the end of our worries when fighting off summer bugs. Beware of DEET; the compound originally created for military use that is present in most insect repellents, and has the potential for many negative and toxic effects.
There have been medical cases linking DEET to dermal and neurological problems, as well as brain damage and generalized seizures. Some even believe that insect repellents with less, but still present amounts of DEET can be even more harmful. These repellents contain more alcohol, which subsequently allows the DEET that is present to be more easily absorbed by the skin.
Children are especially at risk and can more easily come to harm from DEET. Their skin is more susceptible to absorbing chemicals, and their nervous systems are still developing. Almost all reported cases of significant toxicity and side effects from DEET have been in children. Accidental ingestion of DEET is also very dangerous, and an accident that young children are more susceptible to.
Regardless of the number and severity of reported cases regarding DEET, it is inherently harmful to the human body. We therefore suggest fighting summer pests the natural way by creating your own natural bug repellent.
Lemon-scented oils, conifer oils, and aromatics such as basil and lavender all have repellent properties when it comes to insects. However, they need to be combined in the proper quantities with a base. Therefore we have simplified things for you and have created a highly effective and simple to make home-made bug repellent recipe!
Outdoor Spray Recipe Directions
In a spray bottle combine:
1 cup witch hazel
15 drops citronella oil
15 drops lemongrass oil
10 drops lavender oil
*Shake Well Before Use
Visit Body of Health to pick up all of the ingredients you need to make your own insect repellent. When you purchase all of the ingredients listed, you will receive 10% off.