By: Dr. Meagan McGowan
There’s no better time of year than now to be having fun outside from sun-up to sun down! Unfortunately treating the pesky bug bites can become a necessary addition to the daily routine as bugs are most prevalent at dawn and dusk. Bug sprays, like many other conventional products used on our skin contain less than favorable ingredients. Thankfully essential oils can be used as a natural plant derived alternative.
Conventional repellents are made of a mix of active and inert ingredients. The active ingredients are listed on the label and most often the inert ingredients are not. DEET, Permethrin, and Cyfluthrin are most commonly read on these labels, all of which are considered neurotoxic. Neurotoxicity, meaning harmful to the nervous system and altering its overall function, is an ever growing concern due to the amount of chemical exposure we are subject to daily. Bug repellent is heavily absorbed by the skin, especially when used in combination with sunscreen. In animal studies, DEET has even been found to cross the placenta. This is very concerning!
For a more comprehensive look at these ingredients, visit https://www.madesafe.org/education/chemicals-bug-repellent/
An easy DIY alternative.
Many essential oils have repellent properties and used in combination together can be a safe, beautifully smelling alternative!
- 2 oz spray bottle
- Citronella EO – 10 drops
- Peppermint EO – 10 drops
- Lavender EO – 10 drops
- Lemongrass EO – 10 drops
- Fill remainder of bottle with witch hazel
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