The mosquitoes are HORRIBLE where we live and it’s been a struggle to not get eaten alive when we go outside. Years ago, I looked into conventional mosquito repellants because I am a mosquito magnet and I also want to enjoy being outside instead of covered in bug bites. You can protect yourself without having to use a DEET-based chemical repellent. DEET products have the potential to cause health and environmental problems.
According to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine, most cases of serious side effects caused by DEET involve long-term, heavy, frequent or whole-body application of the repellent. When it’s applied with common sense and only on exposed skin for short periods of time, many researchers believe that DEET can be used as an effective and safe way to avoid insect-borne diseases. Still, people today aren’t just dealing with DEET, but rather a toxic body burden threat that includes exposure to dozens, if not hundreds, of different chemicals on a daily basis.
Insect repellents that line the shelves of your local grocery and drug stores can be divided into two categories — those made with synthetic chemicals and those made with plant-derived essential oils and ingredients.
Plants that deter mosquitos have sense become a major fascination of mine. Pro tip: make sure you rub the plant to get the oils to come out for the fragrance to work. I’ve love growing all the herbs like sage, mint, oregano and rosemary.
If you want to take your mosquito repellant a step beyond just using herbs rubbed on your body, I suggest these mosquito repellant sticks. These incense sticks are made with plant-based blends and no toxic fillers. They are packed with 10% plant-based repellent oils, like citronella and peppermint. The mosquito repellant sticks also burn for hours and have a pleasant aroma so it’s not bothersome while sitting near.
How do you feel about using a natural alternative to help deter mosquitos? Comment below.