I’ve recently received a lot of emails again asking me about ticks.
Did you know there can be dangers to commercially made bug repellents as I have shown below. In fact Canada has banned the sale of any repellent containing more than 30% deet which is a synthetic chemical that can kill insects. Even the U.S. has cautioned use of repellents in sunscreen as it could drive the deet further into the system.
For the last 6 years our family has been using a blend of essential oils to spray on us as well as the pets to effectively avoid ticks, mosquitoes, wasps, flies, and other biting insects and pests. Easy to make and very affordable for even the largest families! No worry of toxicity or damage to clothing or the environment. Are you intrigued yet? If not read the information below and judge for yourself just how safe the commercial brands can be. No deaths or severe side effects have been reported with using our pure essential oils for bug repellents.
In the DEET Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) in 1998, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported 14 to 46 cases of potential DEET-associated seizures, including 4 deaths. The EPA states: “… it does appear that some cases are likely related to DEET toxicity,” which may underreport the risk as physicians may fail to check for history of DEET use or fail to report cases of seizure subsequent to DEET use.
The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has a page of reports in the U.S. of health problems in people after using DEET. Among the cases are two deaths in adults and three cases in which pregnant women who used large amounts of DEET gave birth to babies with problems. One baby died. As with the kids with encephalopathy, in the nearly all of the ATSDR-reported cases, it’s difficult to know if DEET was the culprit. Compared to how often people use DEET around the world, those cases are very rare. Researchers estimate people around the world put on DEET 200 million times a year.
I also noticed when I tried to look up ingredients on any OFF brands all it would list was 25% deet and 75% other ingredients. What are the “other” ingredients??
As a precaution, manufacturers advise that DEET products should not be used under clothing or on damaged skin, and that preparations be washed off after they are no longer needed or between applications. DEET can act as an irritant; in rare cases, it may cause severe epidermal reactions. Other symptoms that can occur are breathing difficulty, burning eyes, headaches.
Citing human health reasons, Health Canada barred the sale of insect repellents for human use that contained more than 30% DEET in a 2002 re-evaluation. The agency recommended that DEET-based products be used on children between the ages of 2 and 12 only if the concentration of DEET is 10% or less and that repellents be applied no more than 3 times a day, children under 2 should not receive more than 1 application of repellent in a day and DEET-based products of any concentration should not be used on infants under 6 months. Some experts recommend against applying DEET and sunscreen simultaneously since that would increase DEET penetration; Canadian researcher, Xiaochen Gu, a professor at the University of Manitoba’s faculty of Pharmacy who led a study about mosquitos, advises that DEET should be applied 30 or more minutes later. Gu also recommends DEET sprays instead of lotions which are rubbed into the skin “forcing molecules into the skin”.
DEET is commonly used in combination with insecticides and can strengthen the toxicity of carbamate insecticides, which are also acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. These findings indicate that DEET has neurological effects on insects in addition to known olfactory effects, and that its toxicity is strengthened in combination with other insecticides.
Though DEET is not expected to bioaccumulate, it has been found to have a slight toxicity for fresh-water fish such as rainbow trout and tilapia, and it also has been shown to be toxic for some species of freshwater zooplankton. DEET has been detected at low concentrations in water bodies as a result of production and use, such as in the Mississippi River and its tributaries, where a 1991 study detected levels varying from 5 to 201 ng/L
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Here is the recipe:
15 drops DōTERRA Terrashield ® Repellent Blend
15 drops Lemongrass
10 drops Peppermint
10 drops Melaleuca (tea tree oil)
10 drops Arborvitae
12 oz. Witch Hazel
Place in spray bottle and shake well before each use. Spray on clothing and skin – avoid eyes and other sensitive areas or broken skin. Apply on hand and wipe on small children under the age of 2 years avoiding feet and hands – although oils are safe to ingest one should be careful with children ingesting oils under the age of 5. Reapply after a few hours if bugs seem to be bothering again.
Spray on pets and rub into fur 2x per week or apply on cloth collar and reapply 2x per week. You may use more often if you notice it is not repelling enough.
If you need more help making your own blend please message me! I’d be glad to help.