CDC Confirms Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus As Effective As DEET

The thing we all hate about the summer, are mosquitoes. These small insects buzz and bite all the time, and they can also transfer some of the deadliest diseases like the West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and many other. According to researches you can use some repellents and essential oils to keep the mosquitoes away. Also according to the CDC, the lemon eucalyptus oil is effective as DEET.

Bug Repellents

The DEET is an insect repellent that is mostly used in many bug sprays. It cannot dissolve in water and it’s colorless. In 1946 the US developed DEET to protect the U.S. Army soldiers from insect-infected areas. And the Deet was available in 1957.

It is said that the chemicals that are used in DEET, disguise the natural chemicals of our bodies, therefore bugs are not able to detect you.

The experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are suggesting that we start using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- registered insect repellents externally, when we are buying insect repellents. EPA -- registered repellents are highly effective and they are safe for use in everyone, including nursing moms and pregnant women.

The following ingredients are deemed safe:

  • 2 -- undecanone
  • Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • IR3535
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
  • Picaridin (KBE 3023 and icaridin)
  • DEET

Extra Options

If you want to use some other products beside from these, then try some of the following:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Crushed lavender flowers

You should dilute these oils with a carrier oil, like almond oil. The FDA is not covering most of the oils, therefore make sure the product you buy is from a trusted source.

Conclusion

Find yourself a healthy alternative to your toxin-packed mosquito repellents. Use spices, herbs and everything that can keep those annoying and nasty beings away from you!

Sources:
www.treehugger.com
wwwnc.cdc.gov

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