All Natural Bug and Tick Spray
Who’s ready for an all natural bug spray that actually works? Yes, please! Many parents just like you are concerned about the ingredients in conventional bug sprays. Let’s dive into why.
DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toulamide) is found in most commonly used bug repellants. It’s a known chemical that was originally created to be used by the US Army in the 1940s and became commercially available in the mid 1950s. Safety studies by the Centres for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency, American Academy of Paediatrics, and the World Health Organization recognize it as a safe ingredient in mild doses of between 20-50%.
The Environmental Working Group conducted their own studies and concluded that while DEET is not as bad as it is purported to be, it still has some concerns that consumers should be aware of. These health concerns include skin irritation, eye irritation and neurological effects. The article and associated reports can be found on the EWG website here.
Personally, I choose to avoid chemicals on my skin (and that of my children) at all costs, especially if there are all natural alternatives that work just as well and do not have side effects. A blend of essential oils can have the same protective properties as products with DEET in them and actually benefit you in other ways too.
BUG & TICK SPRAY
- 10 d Lemongrass
- 10 d Cedarwood
- 10 d Eucalyptus
- 10 d TerraShield
- 10 d Geranium
- 1 tsp witch hazel
- 4 oz spray bottle
Combine all ingredients into the spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
How easy is that? If you’re wondering where to get the essential oils for this recipe, my friend, I can help! Let me help you bring doTERRA into your home so that you can rock your all-natural game this summer! You can read all about how right HERE. Once you choose your starter kit and it’s on it’s way, you’ll receive a Welcome Email from me and you can expect a Welcome Package in the mail a few days later. Nothing beats pretty welcome packages filled with goodies and samples to help you get started with your doTERRA lifestyle!
Here’s to a bug-free summer!
EDITED TO ADD as of June 2020: Since the publication of this blog post, doTERRA has added TWO new essential oils to help protect against bugs. Try adding Citronella and Lemon Eucalyptus into the mix with the above mentioned oils.