Are You On The Hunt For a Good Bug Repellent Alternative?
Summertime is in full bloom and people are well into fulfilling their plans for summer activities. The only two things that stand in the way of summer fun for me as well as many others are, the heat and … the mosquitoes. As for us Dallas Texans, the temperatures are already hitting in the 90’s and the mosquitoes aren’t a friend to me. There isn’t much that we can do about the heat other than trying to keep cool as best we can. But you must take the good with the bad, right? Unfortunately, the summertime fun time comes along with the heat and the mosquitoes.
We may not be able to do anything about adjusting the temperature outside to relieve ourselves from the heat, but we can put up a good fight against those pesky little bugs that can make the experience worse than it has to be. Right about now somebody is on the hunt for the best mosquito repellant they can find on the market, but there is good and bad even in that. While a good brand of bug repellent can help to avoid a gang of mosquito attacks, it can also be harmful to your health with continued use.
A laboratory manager, Stacy Rodriquez at New Mexico State University conducted research on mosquito repellent and according to an article by MSN.com she says, “the only effective way to get rid of them is with bug spray containing at least one of two ingredients.” Those ingredients included, oil of lemon eucalyptus and diethyltoluamide or (DEET). However, DEET has been found to be harmful to the body overtime. An article by Popsugar said, “The EPA says that if used as directed, bug sprays containing DEET are not harmful to us, although long-term exposure is. When you spray it on your skin, it gets absorbed and eventually enters the bloodstream. It pumps through your nervous system and has been proven to kill brain cells, causing neurological damage.” But who wants to put their children’s lives at risk for the sake of a potentially itchy bump that will only last for a couple of days. The next best alternative is to make your own bug spray. Not only is it better for your health in the long run, it is cost effective.
We have provided a simple non-toxic recipe that can be used regularly. The ingredients to this natural bug spray are easily obtained in the list below.
Natural Bug Repellant Spray Recipe
- 50 drops Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops citronella essential oil
- 1 tablespoon Madagascar vanilla “Vanilla planifolia” (helps to make it last longer)
- 4oz. Isopropyl alcohol
- 4oz. coconut oil
- Mist spray bottle
Add all these ingredients into a mist spray bottle. Shake well before each use and apply to the skin. Do Not spray in eyes.
Essential Oils Bug Repellent Kit