Buzz Off to Bug Spray

Bug Spray… I’d rather stick needles in my eyes.  Well, maybe not, but I’d rather be munched on as a snack for mosquitoes and other bugs.  Sounds a bit extreme of me, doesn’t it?  Here’s what’s extreme:
-Parkinson’s Disease
-Gulf War syndrome
-Neurological issues
-Fatigue
-Headaches
-Diarrhea
-Dizziness and disorientation
-Kidney and liver damage
-Birth and developmental defects
DEET, permethrin, and BHT are some of the more common chemicals in bug sprays and repellants.  They are in fact even found in insect repellant clothing.  Now the EPA tells us these chemicals are “slightly toxic” or “slightly lethal”, who’s being extreme here?  Well I can remember being sprayed with bug spray as a young child in Greece (thank God not very often), but once I was pregnant with my first child I began on my quest for health and the real facts.  What I found out during my research as a young pregnant woman scared me enough to endure mosquito bites and insect bites.  Now some people out there suggest that disease ridden mosquitoes are more dangerous, so here is my own personal opinion.  If you believe that to be the case, find a natural way out!  With so many terrible side effects that may possibly be linked to these nasty chemicals, wouldn’t you rather explore some natural remedies? These include:
-Lemongrass
-Lemon eucalyptus oil
-Cinnamon oil
-Citronella
-Soy based oils

I know many of you have considered the risks of utilizing bug sprays but for those of you who have not, please especially consider the risks before spraying on your children.  Please, oh please turn to natural alternatives.  It will be a long time before studies show 100% links to cancer or other diseases, but do you really want to take the risk now?  Well if you’re like me and mosquitoes love noshing on you consider eating extra garlic, this does kind of work.  Another nifty little tool is to throw a spring of sage or rosemary on your grill while you are grilling outside.  This should help keep mosquitoes away.  From here on say “buzz off!” to those toxic sprays.

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2 thoughts on “Buzz Off to Bug Spray

  1. Thank you for every other great post. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m on the search for such information.

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