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Summer is a beautiful season because it is filled with life. Unfortunately, not all life are pleasant such as mosquito. If you are planning a last summer camp trip, you may want to think twice about bring something to repel mosquito. The most common product for repelling mosquito is insect repellent spray. Most insect repellent sprays are harmful to your health because they contain N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET). DEET is a registered pesticide and is a member of the toluene chemical family. DEET can easily be absorbed by the skin; therefore, contaminating the blood within minutes of use. Studies have shown that DEET can disrupt the central nervous system and is harmful to the brain. Luckily, there are safer alternatives that can work just as well or even better than insect repellent spray.
Natural mosquito repellents:
- Rose Geranium Oil: Dab a cotton ball in rose geranium oil and apply to certain areas of the body. You may want to dilute it in water if you have sensitive skin. Repeat after an hour or two.
- Rosemary Oil: Dab a cotton ball in rosemary oil and apply to certain areas of the body. Repeat after an hour or two. Some herbalists believed that by mixing rosemary oil and catnip oil, it can be more effective than DEET. Rosemary oil may cause skin irritation in some people. To reduce the irritation, dilute the oil in water or apply less. Grow rosemary in your yard where you like to hang out. This can help drive mosquito away.
- Lavender Oil: Dab a cotton ball in lavender oil and apply to certain areas of the body, such as the inner wrists, elbows, neck, ears, knees, etc. Repeat after an hour or two. Lavender oil may cause skin irritation in some people. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute the oil in water before applying it. Grow lavender in the areas where you like to hang out, such as the deck or grill area. This can help drive mosquito away.
- Peppermint Oil: Add several drops of peppermint oil into a spray bottle filled with water. Shake it well, then spray it on your body. You can also dab a cotton ball in pure peppermint oil and apply it on certain areas on your body. You may want to test it on your skin first because peppermint oil may cause skin irritation. Repeat after an hour or two.
- Isolongifolenone: A natural compound found in the Tauroniro tree. Studies have shown that isolongifolenone is more effective at repelling mosquito than DEET. I have not seen any products that uses isolongifolenone so it might not be available for the public yet.
Category: Natural Medicines and Remedies