Thursday, July 05, 2007

All Natural Mosquito Repellent

When you go outside during summer, you probably find yourself scheduling activities around the mosquitoes that come out just around dusk. Or perhaps you live in an area where the mosquitoes are out all day long. What do you do? I know that most people use products like "Off" but if you are reading this, you are probably not like most people!

The problem with mosquito repellents is the chemicals that are used in them. Most problematic is "DEET" which experts have said we should avoid. Other experts disagree, and no matter whom you want to trust, there is a reason why most bottles of insect repellent state that you should wash off after use. The question becomes: Do I want to trust people who can't agree on this topic, or should I err on the side of caution? I always "err" and so should you. That is part of being a natural parent, and part of always trying to do the best for our children and not just what everyone else is doing.

You can get an all natural mosquito repellent that comes in "full strength" for older children and adults, and "baby strength" for those under 12 months. One ingredient among the all natural ingredients is Lemon Eucalyptus, which is on the CDC's list of suggested insect repellents. According to the CDC, "Oil of lemon eucalyptus, a plant- based repellent, is also registered with EPA. In two recent scientific publications, when oil of lemon eucalyptus was tested against mosquitoes found in the US it provided protection similar to repellents with low concentrations of DEET."

Other ingredients in this "Bug Stopper Spray" work in conjunction with the lemon eucalyptus to provide you and your family the best possible protection.

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