Are you someone looking for safe ways to control pesky mosquitoes without the harsh chemicals? Our skin is the largest organism on our body, helping to protect from the dangers surrounding us.
Applying dangerous chemicals, lotions, soaps, and repellents to our skin only allows the defense system to weaken.
Why not use natural products that won’t harm you, your kids, or the environment. Best of all natural products can be sprayed around the home or patio for extended protection.
DEET is one of the most commonly used ingredient in insect repellents; more than 400 insect repellents carry this chemical.
The protection of kid’s naturally becomes a mother/father first priority, and being aware of the products we use are equally important for the health of our kids.
DEET has become so common no one really knows its true potential and the harm it does to our bodies.
If you found out the ingredient of a product you used could peel paint, damage rayon and spandex, melt plastic, cause seizures in worst case scenarios, lead to brain cell death, memory loss, tremors, or slurred speech, would you still use the product on your kids, repeatedly? http://www.pesticidefreezone.org/Cinnamon_Oil.htm.
There are so many proven ways to safely help repel mosquitoes from your kids, and when buying a mosquito repellent at your local store, be sure to read the ingredients and how often you have to apply the spray.
Always keep in mind your child’s skin sensitivity and how often they will be exposed.
The world provided us with natural healthy ways to help against our biggest threat, mosquitoes. Below is a list of the most proven essential oils to help repel mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, ants, etc.
Essential oils are extracted from plants, grasses, trees, herbs, fruits, and anything from the natural world. When shopping for essential oils (http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/tea-tree.htm) it’s important to only purchase 100% pure oils.
You also have a choice of buying pre-mixed oils, for example lemon and lavender oil blend (smells great).
Also keep in mind some of the oils mentioned have strong scents and require a mixture of oils that will dilute the aroma (lemongrass, pine, eucalyptus, catnip). The smell of the oil/plant extract is what keeps the mosquitoes and other pest away.
This is a tall, aromatic grass found in southern Asia. Its lemon fragrance is somewhat similar to lemongrass but without the quick growth spurts.
If you want to protect the kids this popular insect repellent will give an aroma you’ll love but drive mosquitoes away.
The best combination for this oil is essential oils that already have repellent property: Cedar wood, Lavender, Tea tree, Eucalyptus, Patchouli, or geranium.
This is a little pricier due to its popularity and healing agents.
This grass can become your backyard favorite. Not only can it protect your kids but it can also protect your entire yard! This fast growing, perennial grass has fragrance mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks hate.
It normally grows about three feet high, and was originally growing wild in India, but this natural repellent can be found in your local Whole Food stores or at http://www.anandaapothecary.com/essential-oils-r-to-v.html.
Lemongrass blends well with basil, cedar wood, geranium, jasmine, lavender, and tea tree. http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r050428.htm
Another proven essential oil agent that helps repel bothering insects safely.
This is a personal favorite due to its uplifting scent and numerous compliments on how lovely it smells. Its aroma is sweet and energizing, but its properties can’t be tolerated by threatening mosquitoes or biting fleas.
Peppermint oil also is a great air freshener for your home, making it uplifting and insect free.
The best oils to mix with peppermint are; rosemary, lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus.
You may have noticed that almost all the above essential oils mix well with tea tree. Well that’s because tea tree is one of the most universal healing essential oils to use. This oil has natural antiseptic and inflammatory properties, and has a common non-allergenic reaction.
NOTE: Never use an essential oil without testing a small area of skin first; essential oils are extracted from plants and natural resources so allergies or some sort of reaction may not be known until applied.
Tea tree can be used as part of your essential oil mixture or solely as an antiseptic. It comes from a plant called Melaleuca Alternifolia, a native to Australia
Common mixtures for tea tree are cinnamon, clove, geranium, lavender, myrrh, nutmeg, rosewood, thyme, and rosemary. Http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/essential-oils-essential-oils-ac-c-9_25.html?gclid=CIvGu_Lz7pkCFSMeDQodmjIXRQ is a great website to check out essential oils.
To properly use these natural insect repellents the best way is to by a base oil like almond oil, vitamin E oil, or coconut oil. With base oils it’s healthier for your skin and requires fewer applications.
You can also use water as a base but reapplication should occur within every 30 minutes to an hour. A five percent usage of most essential oils equals twenty-five percentage usage of DEET and over fifty percent of DEET enters the blood stream. Catnip extract has a property that is ten times more effective than any product with DEET.
The earliest forms of natural insect repellent were smoke, mud, and various plant extracts. Being pretty sure smoke isn’t that safe for kids and mud…well that’s too easy, plant extracts are one of nature’s best ways to help us fight off pest.
Making your own mosquito spray allows you to know exactly the types of substances are being applied to your children’s skin.
Researching your oils also allows the knowledge of the different healing properties each individual oil carry. It’s amazing what Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon can do for our health!
Using essential oils can be the most beneficial mosquito repellent for kids; allowing a bug free, healthy, happy summer.