Summer is here! It’s my favorite time of year. Camping, Hiking, biking and pic nics, canoeing, swimming and being outside with only one layer of clothes on. It’s a wonderful time of year.
Unfortunately, there are some not so wonderful things about summer, namely those pesky mosquitoes. When I was a young parent, I sprayed some “OFF” on me and the kids, and we were good to go. I never thought what it was that I was spraying on the supper absorbant skin of my children and I.
Many commercial bug repellents have a chemical called Deet in them. Consider this worrisome statistic: Each year approximately one-third of all Americans spray and slather insect repellents containing central nervous system toxins contained in Deet, on their children and themselves. This in spite of the fact that previous studies have warned of Deets dangers. For example earlier research by Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist Mohamed Abou-Donia, who has spent 30 years studying the effects of pesticides found that prolonged exposure to deet can impair function in parts of the brain and could result in problems with muscle coordination, muscle weakness, walking or even memory and cognition. There are many other studies sighted at:
That’s the bad news. So what can you do about all these bugs using you and your family as a buffet? Make your own nontoxic bug repellent. Here is a nice recipe, that smells good and is effective.
I got this recipe from Wellnessmama.com a great site for a lot of natural ways to enjoy summer.
BUG SPRAY INGREDIENTS:
Essential oils: Choose from Citronell, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajuput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
Natural witch Hazel
Distilled or Boiled Water
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BUG SPRAY:
Fill spray bottle (8oz) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
Add witch hazel to fill almost to top
Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is Rosemary, Clove, Cajuput, Lavender, Cinnamon, and Eucalyptus….it works great and smells good too, and is non toxic.
So enjoy your summer, and the next Blog will be about What’s in your sunscreen and how to prevent sunburn, and treat it if you do get sunburned