According to the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group, the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood. Imagine how many toxins we each are exposed to every day.
Most insect repellents contain DEET, a chemical that effectively prevents bites from mosquitoes, flies and ticks. On the negative side, DEET is also absorbed quickly through the skin, and then spreads to your body’s organs. Some of the known side effects of DEET are rashes, muscle twitching, confusion, slurred speech, seizures, and even death. So what are we to do? Endure insects biting us at will? Stay indoors all summer?
Happily, there is another option. We absolutely love making up spray bottles using aromatherapy fragrances that work as repellents. I use Camphor, Orange, Pine, Peppermint, Spruce and Cedarwood for ants. I use Anise, Bay, Cedarwood, Cloves, Eucalyptus, Orange for Flies, I'll post some recipes later today so check back! These sprays are DEET-free, non-toxic, and -- best of all -- they really work AND smell great, too!
My 3 goals
(1) reduce cost
(2) teach health strategies
(3) improve the health of the family