Are essential oils insect repellents as good as Deet? The scare is that; mosquitos will cause you to get some horrible disease and die, or your baby will be born deformed if you are bitten while pregnant, so use DEET and we (meaning the chemical companies and the government entities) will be fogging and spraying everywhere for your safety! THEY will be using chemicals that are KNOWN carcinogens and neurotoxins, that adversely affect the immune systems and neurological functions of EVERY living being in the world! You read that correctly. These chemicals cause more diseases and kill more living things than any mosquito ever will.
The over reaction is beyond comprehension. The EPA recommends that you wash it off as soon as you go indoors, avoid breathing it and do not put on your face. Insecticides by nature KILL insects and they harm you too. They also kill beneficial insects and birds, which causes a complete disruption in the natural ecosystem balance. There are all kinds of potencies of DEET out there and anything above 10% is not necessary and harmful. So the question is “Are essential oils insect repellents as good as Deet?” I answer the question, YES. It may have to be re-applied more often, but if it contains the oil of lemon Eucalyptus it can last up to 6 hours. Other herbs found to be effective are catnip, citronella, eucalyptus and a product called mineral setting spray with Neroli oil from the Lemongrass Spa line. I suggest that you wear long sleeves and pants during the dusk to dawn times if you are outdoors. Take a lot of B vitamins during the summer. Eat more garlic and less sugar and sodas. (Bugs love the blood of sugar eaters) It’s really a great idea to keep chemicals like pesticides and herbicides out of your lives. They truly cause more harm than good.
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