It’s summer in the US and I definitely do not blog as much between June and September. However, a news alert caught my eye this past weekend; Scientists say record floods could brew bad batch of mosquitoes (Chicago Tribune). This on top of reports of the first case of West Nile virus in the state of Illinois this year… Eeek. Southern regions may be seeing even greater batches of the little buggers.
Unfortunately most commercialized insect repellents are higher dose chemical concoctions. Considering the alternative of an invasive virus, the choice may be simple. However, lower toxicity options do exist in the essential oil (EO) spectrum and, bonus(!), some of these EO’s may assist in overall immune health.
Lara Adler, a reputable and resourceful expert educator on environmental toxins reminds us that “a number of essential oils have clinically been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, including clove oil, tea tree oil, thyme oil, oregano oil, rosemary oil, eucalyptus, lemon-grass, and cinnamon oils. Some oils are more effective against bacteria, while others are more effective against viruses, so combinations can be more effective than just using one oil on it’s own” (nd).
Furthermore, certain EO’s are particularly effective for insect repellent. In this area, I’ve seen several blends usually including options such as lemon-grass, peppermint, and/or citronella.
My amazing friend and camping expert shared the following insect repellent recipe (for a 2 oz bottle):
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- 8 drops citronella
- 8 drops cedarwood
- 6 drops lemon-grass
- 5 drops rosemary
- 5 drops peppermint
- 5 drops rose geranium
- 3 drops thyme
*Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water.
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This summer, further support conscientious healthful living by getting outside and active, but with consideration for the option of lower toxicity “bug off” approaches.
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Adler, L. (nd). Tools for Teaching Toxicity. Essential Oils as Cleaners.