Homemade Bug Repellent

Commercial bug repellents are often bad for your skin and contain many unnatural and even harmful ingredients.  Most of us have heard about the pesticide DEET* which is in most insect repellents sold in the U.S, and can cause permanent neurological damage.  Well, if you’re like me, you want to avoid any and all unnatural chemicals.  We don’t want to breathe them and we certainly don’t want to put them directly on our bodies.  This is a fantastic alternative!  And it’s so fun to share with others if you’re out walking, picnicking, camping, etc!  I always keep it handy when we’re headed outdoors!

Homemade Bug Repellent!
Step One– Get a little squirt bottle and fill with olive oil
(or oil of your choice- such as almond oil, avocado oil, etc)

Step Two– Add a few drops of Citronella Essential Oil
(about 7 drops for my size bottle pictured)

Step Three– Apply to skin when needed.  We don’t worry about rubbing it over all of our skin when we’re out, just quick swipes here and there makes the scent strong enough to keep bugs away.  And although you may not like the idea of rubbing oil on your skin, as opposed to a misty spray, the oil in this bug repellent also serves as a great moisturizer!  It’s good for your skin!

*NEVER use DEET on a child or infant’s skin.  Deet is currently used in over 230 products sold in the U.S.  Prolonged exposure to DEET has been shown to impair certain brain functions.  Damage to these areas may cause problems with muscle coordination, muscle weakness, walking, concentration, and memory.  “Abou-Donia says rats given even small doses of DEET for 60 days had a harder time accomplishing even the easiest tasks.” “We found that the combined exposure to DEET and other chemicals is more dangerous than just DEET alone.”  “With heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides, humans may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath. These symptoms may not be evident until months or even years after exposure. The most severe damage occurs when DEET is used concurrently with other insecticides, such as permethrin, for prolonged and frequent periods of time.”  “However, frequent and long-term use of DEET, especially in combination with other chemicals or medications, could cause brain deficits in vulnerable populations, particularly children.”   Source:  http://www.quantumhealth.com/news/dangers_of_DEET.html

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