Jul 5, 2011


It can be difficult to find a good bug spray without DEET.  DEET is short for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (also known as N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide). It is a member of the toluene chemical family. Toluene is an organic solvent used in rubber and plastic cements and paint removers. DEET is absorbed through the skin and passes into the blood. The Medical Sciences Bulletin, published by Pharmaceutical Information Associates Ltd. reports, "Up to 56% of DEET applied topically penetrates intact human skin and 17% is absorbed into the bloodstream." Blood concentrations of about 3 mg per litre have been reported several hours after DEET repellent was applied to skin in the prescribed fashion. DEET is also absorbed by the gut. DEET is TOXIC!

Essential oils that have pungent, spicy, or woodsy odors repel insects by masking our natural scent; cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, and tea tree oils are among the most effective. Because of their potency and concentration, essential oils should always be diluted when used in a spray.
Make your own DEET-free repellent by blending five drops of patchouli essential oil, 2 ounces of which hazel, and eight to 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil in a spray bottle, apply liberally before going out. This is safe to use on your pets as well.

If you don't want to make your own you can also look for the natural bug spray made by Jason Naturals. A natural combination of Geranium, Soybean and Coconut Oils not only keeps biting bugs away, but leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. 

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