Mosquito Repellant Natural:
Kim's All-Natural Mosquito Repellant
Dr. Ben Kim
no secret that mosquito bites can transfer a number of diseases to humans and
animals, the most common of which are malaria, dengue fever, and encephalitis
(inflammation of the brain).
you whip out a can of mosquito-repelling spray the next time a clan of biting
insects are after your blood, you should know that many conventional brands contain
DEET, a powerful pesticide that has been linked to a number of health problems
such as skin rashes, dizziness, and even seizures.
to recent studies by researchers at Duke University, regular and prolonged exposure
to DEET via topical application, especially when used together with other pesticides
or chemicals, causes significant brain cell death and behavioral changes in laboratory
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under six years of age
are not exposed to repellents that contain more than 10 percent DEET. The Academy
also recommends that infants less than two months old are not exposed to any DEET
than expose yourself to the toxic effects of DEET and other pesticides,
I encourage you to try an all-natural formula made with essential
plant oils that have long been used all over the world to provide
natural protection against biting pests.
experimented with a number of different natural formulas last summer while playing
with our boys in our backyard, and the formula that I found to be most effective
Oil - a natural plant oil that has been registered as a natural insect
repellent in the United States since 1948. The United States Environmental Protection
Agency considers citronella oil to be a natural biopesticide with a non-toxic
mode of action.
Oil - also a natural plant oil that has long been used in tropical and
subtropical regions as a natural insect repellent.
Oil - has also long been used as a natural bug repellent, and is particularly
good for keeping mosquitoes away.
- not artificial vanilla, but the real stuff that we know acts as a natural bug
only does this natural formula outperform the vast majority of repellents that
contain DEET, its essential oils are good for your skin, and combine to create
a pleasant fragrance.
highly effective natural bug repellent is:
eco-friendly and biodegradable is particularly important in case you need to take
your bug spray with you to some areas in Mexico and the Caribbean where they require
such products to be biodegradable.
of course, it's optimal to only use non-toxic and eco-friendly products in your
yard - this is good for the health of your loved ones, including pets, and of
course, it's good for your local surroundings.
a DEET-free, all-natural formula to keep biting insects away is particularly important
for children, whose nervous systems are more sensitive to environmental toxins
than those of adults.
if you have children who spend a lot of time outdoors in areas that are known
for annoying biting pests, I encourage you to give this formula a try.
are some other suggestions that I've found to be helpful in preventing potentially
dangerous bites by mosquitoes and other bugs:
you're outdoors, strive to wear light-colored clothing. Many mosquitoes use their
vision to locate targets from a distance; dark clothing and rich foliage are prime
practical, try not to be outdoors for long stretches at a time when you are hot.
You release more carbon dioxide when you are hot, and carbon dioxide is a major
attractant of mosquitoes.
Try not to be outdoors after an intense workout. Vigorous exercise can result
in significant lactic acid build-up in your muscles, and lactic acid is a strong
attractant of mosquitoes.
eat salty foods. Eating salty foods can cause you to produce higher-than-normal
amounts of lactic acid.
off perspiration on a regular basis. Perspiration attracts mosquitoes via the
chemicals contained within. Perspiration increases the humidity around your body,
which also attracts mosquitoes.
possible, stay away from pools of water. Even mud puddles and moist plants attract
course, when it's not practical to heed the suggestions above (and there are plenty
of times when this holds true, especially for active adults and children), you
can use an all-natural anti-bug spray to protect yourself.
keep in mind that natural plant oils typically need to be re-applied on a regular
basis, as they wear off more quickly than conventional bug sprays that contain
DEET and other harsh chemicals.
be sure to re-apply regularly in the following circumstances that may lower repellent
all-natural formula of essential oils is highly effective at repelling mosquitoes,
ticks, fleas, chiggers, and other biting insects away. And though one application
lasts up to three hours, be sure to re-apply more frequently under the circumstances
one bottle seemingly lasts forever, so you likely won't need more than a single
bottle for an active family for an entire summer; we're still using the same bottle
that we used last summer, and my guess is that it will last us through this season
have friends and extended family members who don't know about the
potential dangers of using repellents that contain DEET, you might
consider giving a bottle of our formula as a gift, especially if they
are outdoors a lot and/or have young children.
Shake well before applying. Apply on exposed skin as often as needed - about once
every 2-3 hours works well for most people. For added protection, spray on clothing
Avoid contact with eyes and lips. Spray onto hands to apply to face and ears.
Adults apply to children and don't apply to hands of children. Do not inhale.
If irritation occurs, wash area with soap and water and discontinue use. Do not
use on children under 6 months of age without consulting with a licensed physician.
Keep out of reach of children.
note: Trace amounts of sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate are included
as natural preservatives to prevent growth of undesirable organisms. These preservatives
are naturally occurring. For example, sodium benzoate is found in plant foods
like cinnamon, plums, and even apples.
not completely satisfied with how effective this bug spray is, simply
let me know and I'll see to it that you're given a full refund minus
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