Nothing ruins outdoor fun like pesky biting insects. And, in addition to ticks and other blood suckers, mosquitoes can transmit dangerous diseases like Lyme disease, West Nile and Zika disease.
And while no repellent works every place against every pest, for those of you NOT in an “at risk” location, our DIY repellent is a good choice for those bothered by mosquitoes, and other biting insects.
Commercial insect repellent often contains DEET and other toxic chemicals that harm your health and that of aquatic life and birds. DEET is a registered pesticide; the US Environmental Protection agency believes it is prudent to require improved label warnings and product restrictions for DEET.
Weighing the Risks of Zika & West Nile
No repellent is 100% effective against mosquitoes. -EWG
Research by the non-profit organization, the Environmental Working Group found Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus to be effective according to the EPA and CDC against mosquitoes carrying the Zika disease and West Nile virus.
Do not confuse Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus with Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil.
OLE is a highly concentrated extract of the eucalyptus tree native to Australia.
Your geographical location will of course determine your risk of contracting these life-threatening diseases. Know what disease-carrying insects and bugs are in your area.
At Eden’s Corner, we believe there are no acceptable levels of toxicity when it comes to human health or the health of our planet. Even though Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is botanically derived, its extremely potent and should be used with caution.
Caution: Do not use bug repellents on infants and in some cases, children under 3.
Consult your product’s label
or healthcare practitioner.
DIY Insect Repellent
For those living in areas that do not typically have Zika disease or West Nile Virus.
3 oz. filtered water
*30-50 drops of pure essential oils
Effective insect repelling oils are citronella, lemongrass, cedarwood, clove bud, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, mint, clove and catnip. You can use them individually or in a combination such as citronella, lemongrass and cedarwood. DO NOT use fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are made from one or more of 3,000 different toxic chemicals.
*Use caution when applying oils to skin. Essential oils are extremely potent. Avoid eyes and mouth. Test a small area of your skin prior to using and wait 10-15 minutes. Continue if no redness appears. Spray on clothes also.
My favorite smelling oils to use are lavender, mint and eucalyptus. Application is super easy when you use a spray bottle. Do not mix up a big batch. Best if made weekly. This recipe worked great when I lived down in Louisiana.
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Warnings and Precautions for
1. Never reuse chemical cleaning product bottles. Ingredients may pick up traces of chemicals from the old bottle.
2. Always label your bottle. Use a marker or label to clearly mark what is in the bottle. Add the date so you’ll know if your product is fresh. Old DIY mixtures can lose effectiveness over time.
3. Store out of reach of children and pets.
Why Are U.S. Companies Allowed to Sell Toxic Products to Consumers?
The U. S. Chemical Industry has a lot of buying (bribing) power in Washington and in the media (consistent and repetitious television advertising is responsible for manipulating and influencing the public by means of psychological persuasion). With virtually no regulation of the 80,000+ chemicals used in customer products, consumers risk their health and the health of the planet every time they purchase an item that is not organic or ethically sourced (certified organic, green or EWG verified).
As we continue to vote with our dollars and buy safe products that are ethically sourced/created, we send a loud message to the chemical companies:
We care about our family’s health and the health of future generations.
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should be especially careful for the sake of themselves as well as their developing children.
For those of you that don’t have the time to make your own DIY product, yet want a product that is safe and effective, we’ve carefully chosen these Amazon-sourced products for you.
According to the manufacturer it is safe for clothing, kids and pets. And kills ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects. The Amazon reviews are mixed, but mostly positive.
*Important Note: Personal care and cleaning product makers change formulations periodically. We do our best to stay abreast of any changes. Always read labels and if you should find a product that we’ve recommended yet no longer endorsed by the EWG, please contact us with details at www.edenscorner.com/contact
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