Natural Bug Spray that WORKS!
Nothing ruins outdoor activities like pesky biting insects. However, the dangers of using DEET containing insecticides are a concern for many. DEET works like a chemical weapon by damaging an insects nervous system. Unfortunately, DEET also can have lasting harmful effects on humans. When applied topically, DEET gets absorbed through the skin and passes into the blood stream. Rashes, muscle twitching, confusion, slurred speech, seizures and even death have been reported side effects after DEET exposure.
Unlike DEET containing pesticides, natural bug repellants work by interfering with the “scent” of carbon dioxide, making it difficult for pesky biting bugs to find their next meal. Bug repellants do not kill insects; rather they prevent them from zeroing-in on your skin.
Neem oil is a natural, effective alternative to DEET containing insecticides. Neem oil works by disrupting the hormone system of biting and sucking insects. It does not kill bugs, instead it temporarily disrupts their desire to eat. Neem oil is effective in small concentrations and is non-toxic. In fact, Neem oil offers health benefits to skin as it is rich in Vitamin E and acts as an antibacterial moisturizer.
Natural Mosquito Spray
1 Tablespoon Neem Oil
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
4 ounces Coconut Oil or soybean oil*
2 ounces Isopropyl Alcohol or Witch Hazel
10-20 drops Essential oils of geranium, eucalyptus, lemon balm or peppermint in combination or by themselves.
Pour mixture into a spray bottle, shake and apply as needed.
* Use soybean oil for use in temperatures below 76 degrees.