fb_thumb
Taryn DeCicco, ND, LAc, LDN | Article

Could This Essential Oil Be More Effective Than DEET?

8/10/2018
A new article advising Americans how to protect themselves against mosquitoes, ticks and other disease-carrying bugs, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends five effective repellents.
Four of them are synthetic chemicals. The fifth, which the agency calls a “biopesticide,” is the all natural oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
The oil, derived from the leaves of a lemon eucalyptus tree, is found in the “natural” versions of many name-brand mosquito repellents such as Repelhttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=returntonow-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B004N59OFU and Off Botanicalsand is sold by itself as an essential oilhttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=returntonow-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B01LYDCW86, which can be mixed into homemade bug repellents.
The CDC recognizes only the following 5 active ingredients as providing “repellent activity sufficient to help people reduce the bites of disease-carrying mosquitoes” and “reasonably long-lasting protection.”
DEET
Picaridin
Oil of lemon eucalyptus
IR3535
2-undecanone
While DEET has gained a reputation as the ultimate mosquito repellent, there are several compelling reasons not to use it:
1. Common side effects. A study of Everglades National Park employees in the late 1980s found that one in four experienced negative health effects after applying DEET. Effects included rashes, skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, headaches, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating.
2. It’s becoming less effective. DEET isn’t as effective as it once was, as mosquitoes are developing resistance to it.
A landmark study recently revealed that while the insects are initially repelled by it, they ignore it if they’re exposed to it again.
Earlier research showed some mosquitoes had developed genetic immunity to the substance, but this study found they could develop resistance to DEET after just a few hours.
3. Serious harm to children. In children, the most frequently reported symptoms of DEET toxicity reported to poison control centers including headaches, tremors, lethargy, seizures, involuntary movements, and convulsions.
Canada’s federal health department states no child under six months old should be using DEET, and that those who are six months through 12 years old should avoid products that contain more than 10 percent DEET.
4. DNA damage. A Duke University study found frequent and prolonged DEET exposure led to diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes. The experts concluded that humans should stay away from products containing it.
5. Nervous system damage. A French study found DEET can interfere with enzymes crucial for nervous system function.
6. Environmental harm. A recent U.S. Geological Survey report on water contaminants listed DEET as one of the substances most frequently found in America’s streams. The EPA regards DEET as “slightly toxic” to birds, fish, and aquatic invertebrates. In high concentrations, it can be extremely toxic to insects and fish.
Here’s a recipe for homemade mosquito repellent:
1 Glass spray bottle
25 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oilhttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=returntonow-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B01LYDCW86
4 oz. witch hazel or 2 oz. coconut oil (use oil if you’re going to be exposed to water)
Mix the ingredients together in your glass spray bottle.
Shake well before applying.
Apply to clothes and exposed skin. Be careful to not spray in eyes. Don't miss our article next Wednesday regarding: Unknown factors that affect your hair health! SignUP! so you don't miss it. Also do NOT forget to visit our store for hundreds of professional products, great prices and FREE shipping. Thank YOU!



Join our weekly health blog for FREE Natural Health tips!

Interested in saving a TON on awesome, professional products with FREE shipping and Volume discounts??? Then:

Visit our Natural Product Pharmacy for the best prices and FREE SHIPPING on hundreds of natural products from professional brands like: Metagenics, Douglas Laboratories, Pure Encapsulations, Integrative Therapeutics, Thorne Research, and Carlson Labs!

Taryn DeCicco, ND, LAc, LDN
Naturopath
Acupuncturist
Clinical Nutritionist
Dietitian
Professional Vitamins and Supplements
Chinese Herbs
Natural Skin Products
Arlington Heights, IL
www.apple-a-day-clinic.com

We specialize in Acne, Skin, and Digestive disorders! Please contact us for a free consultation! I do work long distance. Thank you from the bottom of our cart! We truly appreciate your product purchases, visits, and referrals! They enable us to give people the help they need and continue our valuable work.