Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Being out in nature is healing for the mind, body, and spirit, but insects can hinder an otherwise magical experience. If you're anything like me, you've become aware of the toxins in our everyday products and try to avoid them. Insect repellent is no different.
Chemicals Commonly Found in Insect Repellent
Although deemed safe by the EPA, a 2009 study indicated DEET might impede nervous system function in mammals (Live Science, 2010). In addition to DEET, cyfluthrin and permethrin are other toxins commonly found in insect repellent and can also adversely affect the central nervous system (Made Safe, 2016). Fragrance can also be found in insect repellent to make it smell better. Synthetic fragrance has been linked to allergies, asthma, migraines, skin sensitivity, hormone disruption, and even cancer.
Of course many people continue to use toxic-filled insect repellent as the side effects of insect bite-related illnesses oftentimes outweigh the concern for product-related adverse effects. Many people continue to use synthetic fragrance because they are not aware their symptoms could be related to products containing fragrance. But what if you didn't have to choose the lesser of two evils?
Toxic-Free Insect Repellent
Here's an easy way to solve your problem: Young Living's Insect Repellent. It's available in both a serum and convenient wipes. Check out these features (Young Living, 2019):
Clinically tested to repel mosquitoes and ticks and to prevent bug bites
Repels insects naturally, with 99 percent active ingredients, plus 1 percent vitamin E
Formulated with essential oils traditionally used for their insect-repellent properties
Formulated without DEET, parabens, fillers, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, or synthetic preservatives, fragrances, or colorants
Rubs easily into skin without a greasy or sticky finish
Formula is free from harsh chemicals
Appropriate for use on children when used as directed
Offers continued protection when reapplied after two hours
Additionally, the Insect Repellent is vegan friendly, and the Insect Repellent Wipes are compostable, biodegradable, and sustainable. Awesome, right? Now all you have to decide is if you'd prefer a bottle of repellent, if wipes are more your thing, or both!
Increased awareness of how toxic chemicals can negatively affect people, animals, and our ecosystem has unsurprisingly raised the demand for safer products, including insect repellent. Young Living offers two toxic-free options for insect repellent that have been clinically tested to repel mosquitoes and ticks.
Thanks for reading!
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About the Author: Serena James is a holistic healer and natural wellness enthusiast. She offers a variety of energy healing services and natural wellness solutions to help individuals experience a life of love, abundance, and wellness as they were meant to.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any action you take as a result of this information is self-prescribed and your right to do so.
Melina, Remy. Is Bug Spray Dangerous? (2010) Live Science. https://www.livescience.com/6687-bug-spray-dangerous.html
Made Safe. Chemicals of Concern in Bug Repellent. (2016). https://www.madesafe.org/education/chemicals-bug-repellent/
Young Living. Insect Repellent. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/insect-repellent
Young Living. Insect Repellent Wipes. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/insect-repellent-wipes