Thursday, August 7, 2008

Natural Insect Repellent...Use It!

It's insect season; are you prepared? Protect yourself and your family from insects like mosquitoes. Avoid using commercial products which contain DEET and other toxins - in the long run, they will cause health issues and can harm the environment.

Here is a good recipe for homemade insect repellent:

  • 20 drops Eucalyptus oil
  • 20 drops Cedarwood oil
  • 10 drops Tea Tree oil
  • 10 drops Geranium oil
  • 2 oz. carrier oil ( such as Jojoba )

Mix together in a 4 oz. container. Apply to skin as needed and avoid eye areas. Keep out of reach of children. Test on a small area of skin for sensitivities. Experiment with different percentages of essential oil.

Also try Annie's Remedy for other ideas about homemade insect applications.

If you are unable to make your own insect repellent, here are some good brands to consider purchasing from your natural market:

Bite Blocker
Buzz Away
Burt's Bees Insect Repellent

During peak insect hours (early morning and late evening), avoid going outside. If you must be outdoors, wear protective clothing to cover up and use safe, natural insect repellent. Make certain to take special care with children, who are more vulnerable to insect bites. Keep applications out of children's eyes, nose, and mouth, and allow to dry before allowing young children to be free to move around.

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