With summer in full swing, we are very much aware of all the bugs that seem to be everywhere, especially the ones that can bite us, Whether you are enjoying a day at the beach, gardening in your back yard, camping with friends, or participating in any other of your favorite outdoor summer activities, you’re going to want to protect yourself from bug bites. It is recommended to use some form of bug repellent to avoid contracting diseases such as West Nile Virus or malaria that can be passed onto you from mosquito bites.
DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the ingredient in most commercial bug repellents that protect you from bug bites. However, DEET can be toxic when used frequently, especially on children and the elderly. Using products containing DEET can cause headaches, nausea and skin irritation. DEET is also considered an “environmental contaminant and a xenobiotic.” Xenobiotic describes a chemical that is foreign to the body and to an ecosystem.
These days, many of us have become more aware of the chemicals that we put on our bodies, as well as the effect that they have on the environment.
3 Reasons Why You Should Choose A Natural Bug Repellent
- Bug repellents that contain natural essential oils are non-toxic to the body and the environment.
- Natural bug repellents usually smell much nicer and some even have skin nourishing benefits.
- You can make your own natural bug repellent, which means you know exactly what went into it.
Tip: When purchasing a natural bug repellent, review the ingredient label. A good one will have ingredients that you can understand, and normally contain essential oils.
Zinzeudo Infinite Wellness created an all-natural bug repellent spray that works beautifully. You can make your own, or purchase our Camp and Garden Spray on our website.
Camp and Garden Spray
16 drops Patchouli essential oil
10 drops Cedarwood Atlas essential oil
4 drops Spikenard essential oil
2 oz aloe liquid or water with aloe gel
2 oz spray bottle
Add the aloe liquid to the spray bottle. Add the drops of essential oil directly into the aloe. Attach the spray cap, shake the bottle and your all natural bug repellent is ready to use.
Spritz some on before heading outside. Re-apply every few hours, especially if you go swimming or perspire, as the moisture will dilute the effectiveness of the essential oils.
For external use only. Use very sparingly on children under 5 years old. Avoid contact with the eyes.