It’s July and you’ve been slowly eliminating the toxic load off your body for six months now. In January you switched to a natural deodorant without aluminum, in February you switched to natural bath products (shampoo, lotion, soap etc.) without endocrine disruptors, in March you switched to herbs (capsaicin) and essential oils for pain relief, in April you switched to a natural toothpaste without fluoride, in May you checked your cleaning products against the EWG guide and switched to a simple lemon essential oil all-purpose cleaner, and in June you changed to a low glycemic index natural sweetener in place of sugar and artificial sweeteners.
In July, it’s the perfect time to switch out to a natural bug repellent.
Pesticides, in general, have been associated with all sorts of human health hazards that range from short-term problems like headaches and nausea to chronic impacts such as endocrine disruption, cancer and reproductive issues. The acute dangers, like nerve, skin, and eye irritation, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, nausea and systemic poisoning – can sometimes be severe or, occasionally, fatal. Children are especially susceptible to the dangers of pesticides, and they may significantly impact the development of the central nervous system.
A 2009 study published in the journal BMC Biology showed that DEET can interfere with vital nervous system enzymes. The researchers discovered that the chemical blocked the enzyme cholinesterase, which is necessary for transmitting messages from the brain to the muscles in insects. The researchers also noted it may affect the nervous systems of mammals as well. Chemicals that interfere with the action of cholinesterase can cause excessive salivation and watery eyes in low doses, followed by muscle spasms and ultimately even death.
Safe and Natural Bug Repellent Alternatives
– DoTerra Terrashield (what I use)
– Burts Bees Herbal Insect Repellent
– Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe Link
– Repel Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus formula — a product without DEET (performed almost as well in Consumer Reports’ tests) contains 30% Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
Some inexpensive and readily available essential oils with bug repellent properties to experiment with include LEMONGRASS (insects can’t stand the smell of lemongrass and it has antifungal, insecticidal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties), PEPPERMINT (serves as a natural insecticide that kills and repels mosquitoes, ants, fleas, beetles, spiders, flies and even mice), and LAVENDER (for biting flies, fleas and mosquitoes) plus if you are bitten, lavender essential oil can be used to prevent the spread of infection caused by a bite as well as to control the inflammation and itching that’s typically associated with it.
So pick one natural bug repellent and make the switch! Let us know what works best for you especially if you have a recommendation that isn’t on the list!