Natural Alternatives to DEET Mosquito Repellent
By Maxwell & Dino Alexander, Creators of DA Aromatherapy Natural Bug Repellents
DEET is one of the most popular insect repellents in the world. It has been estimated 30% of Americans use it every year and the results of many studies suggest it is safe to use. However, DEET (diethyltoluamide) is a chemical, and many people do not like the idea of placing chemical compounds onto their skin. There is also some concern that DEET may no be 100% safe for everyone.
In 1998, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported 14 to 46 cases of seizure, including 4 deaths, that may have been caused by DEET. After stating, "It does appear that some cases are likely related to DEET toxicity." Experts at the EPA went on to speculate the seizure rate is only likely to be one per 100 million users. That's all well and good unless you or a loved one happen to be unlucky enough to be that "one", so there is a lot to be said for trying to repel mosquito and other insects by using natural products and ingredients instead of DEET or other chemicals.
Natural Ingredients That Can Make Mosquitoes Bug Off
The results of a study conducted in 2004 suggest showed cinnamon oil to be very effective for killing the larvae of the yellow fever mosquito. At the time it was speculated cinnamon may have the potential to repel adult mosquitoes. Further studies were promised and there has been no news since. The fact that cinnamon is a good mosquito killer is useful because it gives it value as a safe insecticide. For keeping the mosquitoes away, compounds that contain catnip may be a far superior option. In 2001, the American Chemical Society conducted a study that showed catnip is a better mosquito repellent than DEET. A study carried out in Australia shows lemon eucalyptus also has a lot to offer as a natural mosquito repellent. The researchers discovered a mixture of 32% lemon eucalyptus oil could provide 95% protection from mosquitoes for three hours. This is why DA Aromatherapy Natural Bug Repellents are created with a blend of 7 Organic Essential Oils including Organic Lemongrass, Eucalyptus Lemon, and Eucalyptus Globulus, Cedarwood (Cedar Oil), Rosemary, Clove, and Lavender Essential Oils.
We have packed an extraordinary amount of organic essential oils in variations of sizes to fit every need and lifestyle. Just look for any product fragrant with our signature Woodland Trails™ & Zen Garden™ blends and know you will be protected. And because we use only natural ingredients our bug sprays are perfect and safe to use on children and pets exposed to the bug threats. DA Aromatherapy Natural Bug Repellents are the best natural tick, mosquitos, bed bugs repellents for humans & pets!
Our signature Tick and Mosquito Natural Spray will keep you sting and bite-free without the use of pesticides that are harmful to humans, the environment at large and especially insects that our agriculture depends on like honeybees. Our natural tick and mosquito repellent can help to protect you when sprayed in a room, on the balcony, in a car, on the body, and even on your clothes without staining.
Some More Ways to Ensure the Mosquitoes & other bugs Stay Away
Although buying or making insect repellent sprays that contain natural ingredients is a good way to protect against mosquito bites without resorting the use of chemical compounds, like DEET, there are some other steps that are worth trying as well.
Like many species of insect, mosquitoes are most active during the hours around dusk and dawn. So staying inside during the hours of maximum activity is a good way to avoid becoming an unwilling lunch date. Wearing socks and shoes instead of going barefoot in sandals is also a wise precaution, as is the use of trousers, instead of shorts, and long-sleeved shirts in preference to T-shirts.
If hiking or camping in an area known as a tick & mosquito habitat, try to protect yourself, and children in particular, by wearing bright colored, long-sleeved tops and pants, tucking the bottoms of the pant legs into long socks. Apply a generous amount of DA Aromatherapy Woodland Trails™ Natural Insect Repellent Spray, as a deterrent, onto clothing and skin. For best results apply frequently. Inspect entire body after hiking. Our favorite aromatherapy body spray is now formulated to do much more than adding a beautiful fragrance.
We have packed an extraordinary amount of organic essential oils in variations of sizes to fit every need and lifestyle. Just look for any product fragrant with our signature Woodland Trails™ blend and know you will be protected. And because we use only natural ingredients our bug sprays are perfect and safe to use on children and pets exposed to the outdoor bug threats. DA Aromatherapy Hudson Valley-inspired Natural Insect Repellent with Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil and Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil is part of our parabens-free, sulfate-free, vegan skin care product line made with plant-derived ingredients, designed and crafted in Hudson Valley, New York.
Although the risks involved with the use of DEET appear to so small it is generally accepted as safe, there are other ways to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. A few simple changes in clothing choice can help cover exposed skin, and several natural aromatic ingredients have the ability to act as an effective repellent. So although spraying on DEET will probably continue to remain a popular choice for keeping mosquitoes away, it is not the only way. Other options are available.