Summer time is right around the corner, and in many southern states the summer weather is here to stay for many months to come. With the hot weather, unfortunately, come the mosquitos and other nasty bugs. In this new age of the Zika virus, you can’t be too careful when it comes to bug protection.
But if you want to remain mindful about what you are placing on your body and exposing your children to, you may want to rethink the use of typical bug sprays. Many contains dangerous chemicals that are just as bad as the bug bites themselves. Here’s the downlow on what you should know.
The Dangers of DEET
Deet is unarguably one of the most effective bug repellents, but that perk comes at a major cost. The strong chemical has been linked to seizures in children, and can induce a coma or cause death in ingested in large quantities. While these side effects may not be likely, many parents feel that such a potent chemical probably has other negative impacts on the body that simply have yet to be discovered or widely announced.
The Best Alternatives
Even if you don’t want to buy your bug spray from the grocery store, there are plenty of other options to keep those mosquitos at bay!
First, lemon eucalyptus and citronella essential oils are favorite alternative choices by many naturalists, and lemon eucalyptus has even been recommended by the CDC as a viable option. It is very important to dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil like coconut oil for application, and the oils should never be ingested.
There are also plenty of completely natural bug repellants on the market like California Baby Natural Bug Blend and Badger Anti-Bug Balm that work very effectively and are made to be completely safe for kids with natural ingredients like beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, and essential oils.
We live in such a consumption-based world that it’s important to remain vigilant about what you place in and on your body.