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!