We are Greening Up Your Life this month with some awesome posts on our FB Class page! I hope you will come join us! Easy, read along, learn at your own pace facts, videos and tidbits from MUAH! :)
Today, I want to talk to you about about the dangers of BUG REPELLENT!!!!!
Your skin is your largest organ, that means your body is DRINKING up everything you put on it! YIKES!
Have you ever read about the dangers of DEET and over the counter bug repellents?
Why DEET-Containing Repellents Are Better Off Avoided
About 30 percent of Americans use DEET every year, but you should know that this chemical – though generally effective in keeping away insects – can have deadly repercussions. From 1961 to 2002, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reports eight deaths related to DEET exposure.
Three of these resulted from deliberate ingestion, but five of them occurred following DEET exposure to the skin in adults and children.3 Psychological effects have also been reported including altered mental state, auditory hallucinations, and severe agitation.
In children, the most frequently reported symptoms of DEET toxicity reported to poison control centers were lethargy, headaches, tremors, involuntary movements, seizures, and convulsions. Further, in a study of more than 140 National Park Service employees, 25 percent reported health effects they attributed to DEET, including:
Skin or mucous membrane irritation
Transient numb or burning lips
In addition, Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist Mohamed Abou-Donia spent 30 years researching the effects of pesticides. He discovered that prolonged exposure to DEET can impair cell function in parts of your brain -- demonstrated in the lab by death and behavioral changes in rats with frequent or prolonged DEET use. Other potential side effects DEET exposure include:
Muscle weakness and fatigue
Shortness of breath
Muscle and joint pain
You can read more here:
THROW that Deet AWAY and check out this homemade insect repellent we make. We use this on our kids, ourselves and even our dog. Safe, natural, smells amazing and we love it!!!!
HOMEMADE BUG SPRAY:
10 drops each Thyme and Geranium (anti-tick)
10 drops each Lavender and Melaleuca
15 drops Terrashield (doTERRA citronilla bug repellent oil)
15 each Cedarwood and Lemongrass
Add water to the top of a glass 4 ounce spray bottle. Shake and spray. Repeat often.
Dale had HUGE mosquitoes swarming and landing on him but NEVER biting when we used this spray. Amazing!
See the second bottle in the picture? DoTERRA makes a ready made Terrashield for your convenience. Grab and leave in your purse, baseball bag or stroller!
Terrashield comes in an OIL and in a ready to use SPRAY.
We use the oil on Sophie's collar for natural bug repelling, and we use it to make our own spray. You can also diffuse it on your back porch in a diffuser with cedarwood and lemongrass! Mmmm, smells good and works good!
Come on over to my Green Living Class page, I am so excited to teach you more!