Monday, June 27, 2011

Essential Oils as Insect Repellant

As we all prepare for the myriad of outdoor activities for the Fourth of July, we need to think about insect control. As we all know mosquitoes, fleas and tics all carry diseases and germs we would rather our family not be exposed to. Conventional bug repellents you buy at Walmart may repel bugs, but they do harm to your body at the same time. It seems that many of our modern medical conveniences work, but they come with a price. Bug repellents, have propellants as well as harmful chemicals that you apply to your skin. Your skin with it's many pores absorbs those chemicals and transfer the toxins all the way to your nerves, and organs. It is always a good rule that if you would not put it in your mouth then don't put it on your skin.
Essential Oils have several options for bug control. The first and my favorite is the blend by Butterfly Express called Away. Away has catnip, cinnamon, cedarwood, citronella, clove, eucalyptus and peppermint blended together to be powerful bug repeller. Another option would be the blend Purify. Last year we were out in the middle of nowhere and I didn't have the away so I used purify and it worked wonderfully, but I did have to re-apply it more often. Lastly you can always used just straight Citronella. You won't smell very attractive to mosquitoes or humans either! I hope you all have a happy Fourth filled with outdoor fun and family.

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