Bugger off blood suckers!
With natural products that top the toxic ones
With the increase in mosquito borne diseases, some of them fatal and many of them impacting health for the rest of your days, it’s really important to protect yourself always. They are not just annoying, they offer a real threat that can change the course of your life so keep reading to keep safe!
We’ve all been promised miracles when it comes to natural insect repellents, but really when the little buggers are attacking you you’re going to reach for the strongest stuff you can get your hands on to camouflage the scent of your juicy blood.
Well that stronger stuff contains a chemical pesticide called DEET, and whilst it does work, it comes at a price.
There are obviously many studies to show that the synthetic pesticide DEET is safe for human use, and when we see that a chemical is commonly used it is easy for our human herd mentality to write it off as safe and not question the bigger impact. It’s easy to overlook the fact that it melts plastic and statements made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about deaths, seizures, neurological damage and severe reactions, or that in 1998 the US EPA made it illegal for any product containing DEET to make child safety claims.
Products that use DEET recommend that you do not apply it to covered skin and that you wash it off immediately when you go indoors. This is probably because it can enter your nervous system through your skin and they are simply stating that use is best avoided.
When chemicals are transmitted through the skin to the nervous system they can interfere with our neurological function and this would explain the findings from a study undertaken on Everglades National Park employees. The study claims that those who had extensive DEET exposure were more likely to have insomnia, mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function, than were lesser exposed co workers (1).
I don’t want to flood this blog with the negative effects of DEET or deny how it has probably saved many lives, so check out the references links below if you are keen to learn more. (2)
Incognito - Stay safe with nature
To be incognito in the tropics without wearing a layer of toxic chemical is now proven to be totally possible. Using nature to defend us from nature makes sense and we can rest assured that we are not harming our sensitive environment or poisoning ourselves in the process.
It is quite common knowledge now that many essential oils can support the protection against mosquitos, some favourites being, lemongrass, lavender and eucalyptus, but it is the distinctive active ingredient from the Australian native Lemon Eucalyptus that is now starting to get the attention of mosquito prevention and tropical medicine experts around the globe.
Lemon Eucalyptus, the kick arse competitor to DEET!
Research has now proven that the distinctive properties from the oil of the Lemon Eucalyptus Tree (Corymbia Citriodora), which is native to north eastern Australia, is actually more effective than DEET as its main active ingredient is p-menthane-3,8-diol, otherwise known as PMD which is often synthetically produced and used as an alternative to DEET. (3)
A study conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (4) tested Lemon Eucalyptus, a blend of essential oils, Neem oil and DEET against the mosquito that is the primary vector for malaria in Bolivia. The essential oils and Neem did not provide significant protection from mosquito bites, DEET provided 85% protection and lemon eucalyptus exceeded them all with 97% protection for over 4 hours.
Lemon Eucalyptus also matched DEETs performance for efficacy and duration on a study carried out by the journal of the American Mosquito Control Association.(5) The study was conducted against 2 malaria-carrying breeds in Africa and showed complete protection for over 6 hours.
Until recently, DEET was the only repellent recommended by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), however they are now stating that the Lemon Eucalyptus oil could be a much safer and more natural form of protection, and that they believe it to be as effective as DEET in repelling mosquitos. (6)
So it is clear that we have finally found a natural product that tops the toxic ones. Be careful when purchasing commercial products that they are not using a synthetic form of the oil, which will probably be labelled as PMD.
Happy Herbs is always here to support your journey back to nature so we have now sourced the pure essential oil of Eucalyptus Lemon Scented Gum. Our oil is produced by a well-reputed, passionate and ethical business that specialises in Australian natives. Using the oil rather than purchasing a commercial repellent is also far more cost effective and kinder to our environment as it doesn’t use excessive plastic packaging or production waste.
It's also very easy to administer and compact for travellers. Take a small amount of your favourite oil such as coconut or almond oil, or a carrier cream in the palm of your hands and add 2-4 drops of the oil. Dab all over your exposed bits to create a protective barrier.
Summary of benefits for Lemon Eucalyptus Gum Oil
Proven to match DEETS performance
Natural and non toxic
Compact for travellers
Great value with 60+ applications per 12ml bottle
Minimum packaging, great for the environment
Disclaimer: The information and facts provided in this blog are taken from the research and studies listed below in references. We accept no responsibility for your mosquito protection or reactions to any products. Just like the manufactures of DEET, I would like to state that mosquito repellents do not guarantee protection. Do your best and be aware.
(1) DEET". Pesticide Information Profile. EXTOXNET. October 1997. Retrieved 2007-09-26
(3) PMD .. Carroll, Scott P.; Loye, Jenella (2006). "PMD, a Registered Botanical Mosquito Repellent with Deet-Like Efficacy". Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 22 (3): 507–13. doi:10.2987/8756-971X(2006)22[507:PARBMR]2.0.CO;2. PMID 17067054.