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    Default Fight The Bite - Without Toxics

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    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Would you knowingly spray a chemical on yourself or your children that has been linked to motor deficits and learning and memory dysfunction? A chemical that has been found by the National Institutes for Health to cross the placenta, that sacred barrier that protects unborn children from harmful substances? Of course not.

    But, for years, consumers have accepted the potential neurotoxic health effects of DEET in insect repellents in exchange for the assurance that the chemical works well, lasts long—and protects against West Nile virus. Earlier this June, Michigan recorded its first cases of the disease in three crows in Ingham County. Within days, the state put out the call for preparedness. "Michiganders should take the precautionary steps of applying repellents during peak mosquito biting periods such as dusk and dawn and to drain standing water around their homes to remove mosquito breeding sites," according to a State of Michigan press release.

    Read more:http://ecocenter.org/newsletter/2015...without-toxics
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    Default Re: Fight The Bite - Without Toxics

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    June 25, 2015

    Study shows lemon eucalyptus essential oil more effective than DEET

    In the eye-opening study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, four mosquito repellents were put to the test. One was a mixture of several essential oils believed to have repellent properties. Another repellent was based in Neem essential oil, a natural plant compound.

    Read more: http://www.naturalnews.com/050188_DEET_mosquitos_essential_oils.html

    I have for years been using a product called Repel Lemon Eucalyptus that you smear on like sunscreen but now can't find it except in spray form. It has a distinct odor that is only semi pleasant but it really works and is not toxic. You can get it on amazon or do a search for other sources:

    http://www.amazon.com/Repel-Eucalypt...mon+eucalyptus


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    Default Re: Fight The Bite - Without Toxics

    I have been using lemon eucalyptus oil in an oil burner for many years - it has a really nice, fresh, slightly lemony scent. It smells like I have just cleaned the house and polished the furniture!

    I will give it a go this summer for repelling mosquitoes, as they absolutely love me and ignore everyone else.Anywhere that sells essential oils should stock it.

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