Non-Toxic Herbal Insect Repellent Spray

| 6/10/2014 3:06:00 PM

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Summer greetings everyone! It’s that time of year when the flying, buzzing, blood-sucking insects are at their peak annoyance, and, if you want to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll need to apply some sort of bug repellent to your body.

Most insect repellents on the market today are chock-full of chemicals and replete with unpleasant, toxic aromas that are often masked by irritating synthetic fragrances. Why would you want to repeatedly spray your body with unhealthful products in order to enjoy the outdoors? Many people, myself included, are highly sensitive or even allergic to the chemicals in these commercial products, especially the pesticide DEET, a chemical the U.S. Army patented in 1946, and which is so poisonous that even the Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash off your skin when you return indoors, avoid breathing it in, and not spray directly on your face! Really now … if it’s that toxic, then how are you supposed to actually use it? No thanks!

If you’re into all things scary, instead of reading a Stephen King novel, why not just read some of the precautionary statements (in tiny print) on the labels of some of the popular, commercially available, chemical-based mosquito repellent sprays. The information is downright frightening! Perhaps you’ll think twice before using these types of products on your skin and instead seek out natural, non-toxic alternatives.

Thank goodness there are now a handful of truly non-toxic insect repellents available commercially from health food, home goods, and hardware stores or online … just in case you don’t want to make your own formula at home. But, if you do want to craft your own antibug material, the following easy-to-create, wonderfully aromatic recipe, “Fend Off” Herbal Oil Insect Repellent, offers a natural alternative to chemical-based sprays. When applied to your skin, it will help form an insect-repelling barrier around your body, minimizing the chances that mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, gnats, no-see-ums and their ilk will land on your skin and inflict their misery.

This formula tends to work best on days when the local biting and stinging nasties are only slightly to moderately hungry. If they’re voracious, additional protection such as a net hat, net body suit, or just a high-collared shirt and lightweight pants can come in handy. Wearing a baseball cap or gardening hat, sprayed with this formula, works super to keep bugs from flying into your eyes, nose and neck area.

8/19/2015 7:57:24 AM

Great post! I love those organic recipes. I can't wait to share this with my gardening friends at and with the little grandkids, because they have such bad reactions to any bug bites, making it hard to have them playing in the yard at dusk or later! Thanks so much! (Sharing with my fb friends also)

7/31/2014 8:14:47 PM

A few months ago I found the MOST AMAZING All Natural & Organic Mosquito repellent that's already mixed & ready to use. We've been using it for about 4 months now & have all but stopped getting bitten. I've only had 4 bites, which is great considering that I work outside near a pond (mosquito haven), plus it lasts all day & is extremely sweat & water resistant. Since it's Deet free we can even use it on our little ones. Their $15 dollar bottle last me about 2 months. We get ours at, enjoy..

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