Enjoy The Outdoors Without Harming Your Health
Nothing can ruin a beautiful day outside more than being attacked by those buzzing little pests! But can popular bug repellents harm your health?
Store bought bug repellent often contains toxic chemicals, including N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, more commonly referred to as DEET.
DEET can be irritating to the skin and eyes and a recent study has linked it to behavioral changes and damage to the brain and nervous system.
Fortunately it is not a difficult task to put together a homemade bug repellent formula that works just as well!
While the following essential oils may be pleasing to the human senses, they act as repellents to many bugs, especially mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.
- Tea Tree
- Lemon Eucalyptus
Water Based Formula:
In an 8-ounce spray bottle combine 4 ounces of witch hazel, 30-40 drops of any or a combination of the above essential oils and then fill the bottle with purified water. Shake and spritz!
Oil Based Formula:
Mix 30-40 drops of any or a combination of the above essential oils with 8 ounces of a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil, to name just a few. Apply to skin. Store in a small glass container.
Now get out there and enjoy the great outdoors bug free!