The Best Essential Oils to Help Repel Mosquitoes
While it’s damp and in the 30's here today, it was less than a week ago when I was sitting out on the patio on a warm evening with my husband. I found myself swatting away the mosquitoes already. It took me back to my childhood and I could clearly remember my mom spraying me like crazy with Deep Woods Off. I can almost taste that horrible smell and taste 30+ years later.
No one wants to be nibbled on by bugs. Keeping mosquitoes away is important to me. My younger son, Ben, is actually allergic to mosquito bites. It’s not that common of an allergy, but we need to be vigilant with him because bites have triggered reactions such as hives and his eyes swelling shut.
Standard insect repellents may be harmful to your health.
The bulk of popular mosquito repellents contain an ingredient called DEET. The chemical name for DEET is N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide. While this is proven to be effective at inhibiting mosquito bites, it also has been proven to be harmful and is linked to ailments as minor as nausea and vomiting to major injuries such as neurological damage, even coma and death.
DEET may be quite harmful to children as well.
As there is more awareness concerning the hazards of DEET, alternative ingredients are in products these days. One popular DEET alternative is derived from chrysanthemum and is called Pyrethrin. While one would assume this naturally-derived ingredient would be safe, it is potentially harmful as well. Think of it like this--Pyrethrin is used to kill bees and a small amount of this can be toxic to fish. Many studies show that this ingredient is potentially toxic to cat as well. If this natural, plant-derived ingredient can kill so easily, it may not be safe to use regularly on yourself. Breathing in pyrethrins may have major health implications down the road.
Today I'd like us to look at the MSDS of one of the most popular aersol spray insect repellents. The source for this information is the Consumer Product Information Database :
50-60% Ethanol (SD Alcohol 40)
Clearly, you don't want to be inhaling these ingredients. So what can you do to prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family?
Consider natural essential oils to repel mosquitoes.
Essential Oils to repel bugs? Yes! Now before I go on, please be aware that I am not saying that products with essential oils will prevent all mosquito bites or that essential oils are as effective as DEET. We all need to be careful, especially with news about the Zika Virus. However, there is a continued interest in natural ingredients to cut down on the use of more harmful counterparts. In fact, there are more than 850,000 results on Google for the search “natural mosquito repellent.”
Which essential oils are most effective as a natural insect repellent? Three to note that we offer here for our Custom Blends include:
When creating your next Seed Custom Blend, why not try a blend of the three oils above? It’ll smell great and just may provide you with a bit more protection outdoors!
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We cannot believe that it's already the second week of December. While the calendar technically still says Autumn, your skin is likely showing the effects of winter temperatures.
With the changing seasons comes a need to adjust your skin care routine a bit.
Winter is the ideal time to repair and renew your skin. The long, hot summer temperatures -- and extra sun exposure that you experienced -- likely did a bit of damage to your skin, so now is your opportunity to do a bit of repair and prep your complexion for the winter months ahead.Here at Seed, we are sharing our expert tips for soft, healthy looking skin all winter long.
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It can be difficult choosing body care for people. Many people find scented products to be too strong. In fact, artificial fragrance is linked to everything from allergies and asthma to chronic headaches. Our body creams are scented only with 100% natural essential oils and are subtle and beautiful. There is something so very special about this particular body cream.
It's like a comforting cup of tea.
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Did you know that this cold, dry winter weather can have a major impact on your skin care routine? Our friends near the Great Lakes are seeing significant amounts of snowfall. My friend Lauren in West Seneca, New York has more than five FEET of snow. Let’s take a look at the low humidity and frigid temperatures affect your skin.
Itchiness and a tight feeling are common skin issues related to dry air, but there are some skin care tips you can use to help tackle the problem.
- Be gentle on your skin. When you dry off after bathing, be sure to pat your skin dry. Don’t rub.
- Always follow your shower or bath with a rich cream layered over body oil.
- Look for cream formulations instead of lotions and fluids for facial hydration.
- Avoid ingredients such as alcohol and sulfates, which will cause more dryness.