Buy or DIY: Insect Repellent
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Summer means spending plenty of time outdoors and in the garden. It also means the height of bug-bite season. Many commercial repellents include DEET, a chemical with a questionable health safety profile. Fortunately, making your own natural repellent is a simple process, and can also be made alcohol-free for those with sensitivities.
Make your own using this Natural Insect Repellent Recipe.
If you’d prefer to buy a natural repellent, try these effective products:
Lafe’s Organic Insect Repellent
Developed to deter mosquitoes and ticks, Lafe’s oil-based, cruelty-free formula employs geranium, cedar and lemongrass essential oils to ward off bugs.
Buy Lafe’s organic repellent: $9
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Herbal Insect Repellent Spray
Meow Meow Tweet’s vegan, handcrafted spray combines essential oils and skin toners for a nontoxic blend that’s safe for everyone.
Buy Meow Meow Tweet’s spray: $8
Photo courtesy Meow Meow Tweet
Bug-Bouncer Concentrated Repellent
With 30 years of road-testing to its name, Bug-Bouncer contains ultra-effective, potent essential oils.
Buy Bug-Bouncer: $10
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Bite & Burn Spray
Treat bites (as well as minor burns) with Fat and the Moon’s Bite & Burn Spray, which uses yarrow, witch hazel and tea tree oil to disinfect and promote healing.
Buy Fat and the Moon’s spray: $10
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Simply Soothing’s Bug Soother repels a range of insects, from mosquitoes to sand fleas. Its castor-oil formula is safe for adults, kids and even animals.
Buy Simply Soothing repellent: $4
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Skin-Soothing Lavender Body Lotion Recipe
Use calming lavender in this simple Skin-Soothing Lavender Body Lotion Recipe.
Do a Spicy-Hot Detox
Activate your internal fire with pungent spices and aromatics to rid your body of unwanted toxins.
DIY Chest Rub to Relieve Common Cold Symptoms
Soothe cold symptoms naturally with this DIY chest rub. Eucalyptus oil is a great natural decongestant and coconut oil and beeswax benefit the skin.