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14 Natural Bug Repellents and Why you need to be using them!

 

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Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel has massive health benefits for the skin. Witch hazel has proven helpful against acne, skin sores, bruises, redness, psoriasis and eczema, oily skin, excess sweating, varicose veins, cracked skin, razor burn, sun damage and so much more.

Coconut Oil

It can serve as a natural mosquito repellant simply by making your skin too slippery for mosquitoes to land on. This is especially true in humid environments.

Glycerine

Glycerine will keep a Natural Bug Repellent on your skin therefore increasing the length of time before needing to reapply a natural bug repellent

Neem

Neem oil has powerful mosquito repellent properties and is an important weapon in the fight against malaria in third world countries.

Malaria is a big problem in tropical regions, and that is where neem grows best.

A number of studies have shown that it can help protect you from mosquito bites.

Another study found two percent neem oil mixed with coconut oil and applied to the skin protected against a variety of mosquitoes, ranging from 96-100 percent protection against malaria transmitting types, to 61-94 percent protection against West Nile virus types.

Aloe Vera

Aloe is well established as an excellent remedy for mosquito bites as well as many other maladies, Aloe Vera not only eases itching and inflammation, but will also help heal the wound. Aloe is also known to repel mosquitos

Cinnamon

Researchers have found that cinnamon oil is an effective and safe way to destroy mosquito larva. Researchers alsobelieve the same chemical that kills the larva also repels the adults

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is taken from the Melaleuca alternifolia leaves, native to Australia. Tea Tree  is an effective insect repellent. Tea tree oil can actually dissolve the exoskeleton of an insect, causing it to smother. Strong and distinctive-smelling tea tree oil also contains terpenes that repel insects away from your skin. Tea tree oil is also useful for treating insect bites or stings if you are too late using your natural repellent.

Cedar

If you’re looking for protection against ticks and other creepy-crawlies, be sure to include cedar in your mixture.

In a 2014 study, cedarwood oil was significantly effective against ants, red fire ants, and black legged ticks. At the highest dosage (6.3 mg/ml), it killed 100 percent of the ticks. An earlier 2011 study also found the oil to be effective at repelling two species of ticks.

 

Lavender

Lavender oil has been used as a bug repellent for many centuries. Lavender was used in the past to protect clothes and linens from the infestation of moths and other insects. Lavender oil also prevents bites from mosquitoes and other biting insects.

Lavender oil also prevents the spread of infection caused by a bug bite and controls the itching and inflammation often associated with bug bites and also helps repel fleas, black fly, black beetle, flies, greenfly and white fly.

Peppermint

The same stuff that has long been used as a remedy for stomach ailments and improving concentration is now thought to be an effective mosquito deterrent as well.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is known for its bug repellent properties including a lower population of mosquitos in areas where Eucalyptus grows. Eucalyptus oil is one of the more well-known natural repellents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved eucalyptus oil as an effective ingredient in mosquito repellent.

Rosemary

Rosemary is known to be effective in repelling mosquitos and other flying insects

Citronella

This is the main ingredient in many insect-repelling candles and torches. It comes from plants of the lemongrass family and is responsible for their lemony scent. In addition to warding off mosquitoes, it has also been shown to be effective against lice and some biting flies. It is known to mask other scents that are attractive to them, making it difficult for them to locate their targets.

Geranium

Geranium oil is well known for its ability to repel ticks and therefore makes a wonderful addition to a natural bug repellent.

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