Repel bugs with a natural alternative

GO NATURAL: Find an alternative to chemical-based insect repellents by making your own.
GO NATURAL: Find an alternative to chemical-based insect repellents by making your own.

INSECTS can be extremely annoying and affect your health, especially if you have an allergy. Major itching is just one side effect from a mozzie bite but in severe cases, they can spread disease and cause respiratory failure. The chemical compound DEET or diethyltoluamide is the most common active ingredient found in insect repellents, so finding a natural alternative is a better option.

There are a variety of essential oils that can repel bugs, so by using a combination of oils, you can produce a plant-based natural insect repellent. Spring is here and summer is around the corner, so create your own special blend and smell and little sweeter than the standard Aerogard.


Bug-Repelling essential oils:

Citronella, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint, patchouli, cedarwood, lavender, cypress, rose geranium, rosemary, bergamot and lemon.


Lemon eucalyptus oil

The most recommended and studied of the natural repellents goes by the trade name Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), which is extracted from lemon eucalyptus trees. A preferred DEET alternative, it can be mixed with cedarwood, lavender and rosemary essential oils. This combination is a good start to keep the pesky insects away.


Citronella oil

Aside from various benefits like being an antibacterial and antiseptic, the insect repellent properties work on mosquitoes that carry yellow fever, lice, and fleas. Apply minimal amounts of pure citronella oil to your forearms for up to two hours of protection.


Lavender oil

Apply directly onto skin or as part of a formula, such as diluting it into olive oil, or put it in some apple cider vinegar. Also try combining it with vanilla extract, lemon juice and some distilled water. Shake up the combo and spray it on exposed skin.

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