DEET insect repellent
This Labor day, protect yourself from insects in a DEET free way!
The Larger Issue
- Most conventional bug repellents contain about 5-25% of DEET, a pesticide which with prolonged and repeated exposure may cause rashes, headaches, impaired memory or muscle weakness.
- Mosquitoes can carry and transmit diseases and viruses like Malaria, Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.
Be Part of the Solution
Use organic and chemical free herbal-based bug repellents for natural protection while outdoors. Before spraying yourself with inorganic chemicals, try these eco-friendly alternatives:
- Try a natural repellent! Frequently reapply basic essential-oils like lavender, rosemary and cedar wood. These oils can trick insects into thinking you’re a plant.
- Try http://www.naturallysavvy.com/site.php?id=418 for an essential-oil insect repellent recipe.
- Never use sun block at the same time as DEET. The sun block allows the DEET to enter the bloodstream three times faster, increasing the risk of stroke, headaches and hypertension.
- If you must use a DEET repellent, choose products with less than 20% DEET, never apply over cuts or wounds, never apply on infants, or use if you are taking any medications, don’t spray in enclosed areas and wash skin with soap and water after use.
- Dark clothing, exercising, floral and fruity fragrances and perspiration attract mosquitoes.