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Product of the Week: Badger Anti-Bug Balm

Badger Anti-Bug Balm uses essential oils of citronella, cedar and lemongrass to keep the bugs at bay.
By Susan Melgren
June 2010 Web
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Badger Anti-Bug Balm uses essential oils of citronella, cedar and lemongrass to keep bugs away naturally.
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If you’re spending ample time outside this summer, avoid itchy bug bites and arm your arsenal with Badger Anti-Bug Balm. Instead of DEET, a toxic substance that has been shown to cause seizures in young children, Badger Anti-Bug Balm’s USDA-certified organic formula features essential oils of citronella, cedar and lemongrass to keep the bugs at bay. All three of these ingredients have been used for centuries to repel insects, but their anti-fungal, astringent and antimicrobial properties make them good for your skin as well.

The base of Badger’s Anti-Bug Balm is a moisturizing combination of extra virgin olive oil and beeswax, giving it a smooth texture that applies easily to the skin. The citronella and lemongrass essential oils also give this balm a refreshing, uplifting scent that stands in stark contrast to DEET-infused bug repellents.

Natural Home’s test run of Badger Anti-Bug Balm turned up positive results; it effectively kept the bugs away for hours at a time. To read more testimonials, including a woman who used Badger’s Anti-Bug Balm in the Amazonian rainforest, visit Badger’s website.

Badger Anti-Bug Balm comes in several options. A 1.5-ounce twist-up stick is $11.50, a 2-ounce tin is $10 and a 0.75-ounce tin is $5.50. For sun protection and bug repellant, check out Badger’s SPF 30 Sunscreen and Anti-Bug Insect Repellent.

More about natural insect repellants

• Protect your skin from mosquitoes with these eight tips.

• Use these natural methods to keep bugs away from your outdoor gatherings.

• Do your bug bites itch? Use aloe vera gel to heal insect bites.








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