Monday, June 20, 2011

Prevent Bug Bites and Stings Naturally

We all know it is the season of spending time outdoors in our backyards or at the park.  Along with that comes bugs and bites.  I know last year my backyard was swarming with mosquitoes.  I still can't figure it out.  No standing water for them to breed, but they still have found their way into my yard. 

Last year, I applied one of the commercial, over the counter insect repellents.  It seemed to work fine for me, but I still got the occasional bite.  My real concern is putting the insect repellent chemicals on Mason, but I figure what other choice do I have?

This week, I received Remedy magazine in the mail and there was a brief article about bugs and how to prevent bug bites.  You can use the good, old-fashioned insect repellent with 20% to 30% DEET or picardin to exposed skin.  Make sure if you apply it to your face, your first spray the repellent into your hands, and then rub them into your skin.

Here's what I will be using for Mason this season.  Not only is it safer, it's cheaper than buying repellent at the store.  The easiest way to make your own insect repellent is to mix 2 drops of essential oil (like geranium, peppermint, or eucalyptus) into two teaspoons of water.  Rub the mixture on the skin.  You can get the essential oil at health food stores.  There you go!  Insect repellent with out all the nasty chemicals.

Click HERE for a great article and a more in depth look at how to make insect repellents and what worked for certain types of insects.

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