Protecting your skin from insects this summer has become a very important topic of discussion. We’ve explored the best bug sprays, as well as ways to keep bugs away from your summer BBQ and came to the conclusion that DEET products tend to work best.
And although the EPA continually reviews DEET and holds to the verdict that the normal use of DEET does not present a health concern, many still have their doubts. Dermatologists recommend that you do not use products with over 30 percent DEET, as it may have adverse affects on more sensitive skin.
Dr. Eric Schweiger, founder of Schweiger Dermatology and Clear Clinic commented on DEET, “While it can be an extremely effective bug repellent, it has also caused blisters and rashes in some cases. While many people will not have a reaction to DEET, others will.”
But there are other options, which Schweiger also noted in our conversation, including tree oils, lemon eucalyptus, and citronella.
Here we’ve compiled a list of 9 natural repellents that are perfect options for those with sensitive skin or who are concerned about the negative effects that may be caused in the environment by the use of DEET.
While these options are not proven to be as strong as the chemical DEET, they are a natural remedy that will help within the protection process. Each of these repellents listed are derived from plants. Some are more common to us, a few are more prevalent in more obscure medicinal uses. From catnip oil to peppermint oil, these natural ingredients are proving to be good ways to prevent bugs, and are without chemicals or added unnatural ingredients.
If you live an organic lifestyle, and want to stray away from the chemicals found in many bug repellents on the market today, these 9 natural repellents may be your answer.