Bug Away Spray

Bug Away Spray

 Happy summer everyone! I just love summer; BBQ’s, slip-and-slides, and Mitchell’s Vegan Ice-Cream (yes, it’s really good). The only negative are those pesky mosquitos. There are so many different ways to keep mosquitos at bay, but what is the safest, yet still effective, way for your family?

To Deet or Not to Deet?

Ok, so what the deal with Deet?  Deet is the active ingredient in most conventional bug sprays.

Dr. Abou Donia, a Duke University pharmacologist, found that “rats treated with an average human dose of DEET (40 mg/kg body weight) performed far worse than control rats when challenged with physical tasks requiring muscle control, strength and coordination.”

Dr. Abou Donia also concluded that DEET caused “neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory and concentration.” The pharmacologist says that children are at a higher risk for brain changes after DEET exposure because their skin absorbs it more readily.

Now I’m not a Duke University pharmacologist, but I do think spraying a chemical on your skin that actually melts plastic, probably isn’t the best idea.

Watch this YouTube video to see why they use DEET to clean car headlights.

Do Essential Oils Work?

Really quick, before we get started, I just wanted to go over a few aromatherapy tips before on blending.  

Certain oils need to be used with caution while applying on children. I will indicate when listing on the oils below.  

Dilution is extremely important.  Although, I had mixed opinions, even between certified Aromatherapists, the general consensus is to add a small amount of a carrier oil (i.e. grape seed, almond) and witch hazel or grain alcohol. Because the dilution rate for the spray is usually higher than 5% it is recommend to spray on clothing rather than directly onto the skin.

Here is a chart to show which essential oils work great for different bugs.

I have found, depending on the region, different recipes work better. After trying a bunch of different concoctions this blend worked really well.

Please note - this should only be sprayed on clothing.

Please note - this should only be sprayed on clothing.

Use 1 drop of each essential oil for children under ten.

Use 1 drop of each essential oil for children under ten.

If you forget your spray at home, or do have a few existing bites, here is a roller recipe that will take care of that instantly.  


Choosing an Essential Oil Company

There are a lot of great companies out there but let me tell you why I love and use Neal’s Yard essential oils. 


1.  They are “certified” organic.

Terms like, “medical grade,” “therapeutic,” “pure,” are just marketing terms, there is no third party investigation.  If you want to make sure your oils aren’t being sprayed with pesticides or have been blended with other ingredients you need a 3rd party certification on them (someone else is testing them.)  NYR is soil association organic certified.

2.  We have Aromatherapists on staff.

Our company offers classes taught by certified aromatherapist and they have published books that are available to the public.  Neal’s Yard does not teach ingesting oils to there customers or consultants.  Ingesting oils can be a very dangerous practice and is only recommended while under the care of a certified medical aromatherapist.

3.  We are members of the Aromatherapy Trade Council. 

“Since there is no single regulatory framework for products used in aromatherapy, they must be classified according to the most appropriate regulatory framework that is currently available. It is the responsibility of companies and individuals who place any products on the market to correctly identify for themselves which of the several regulations apply to their products, and ensure that they are in compliance with the relevant legislation appropriately.

The applicable regulations are set out in the Aromatherapy Trade Councils Guidelines on the Regulation, Labeling, Advertising and Promotion of Aromatherapy Products.”

4. Fair Trade

Neal’s Yard really helps people all over the world, and you can feel good when you are purchasing our oils knowing everyone was treated with love and respect.

5. The Price

Our prices aren’t the cheapest on the market but aren’t the most expensive by any means. You get what you pay for, but it should be a fair price.  You can also purchase a wholesale account by becoming a consultant and save 25%. There are no monthly minimums so you only buy when you need to. 

You can find out more information here.