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The Bug Stops Here!

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With the growing concern about Lyme disease and West Nile virus, more people are spraying and slathering on insect repellent. Most commercial repellents contain harmful chemicals that should be used with extreme caution. Someone recently shared a story that occurred when they were on vacation at the beach. A parent used an insect repellent with DEET on her 2 year old child. The child went unconscious within minutes of application and was rushed to the hospital where she was later revived. This child was lucky, as others have died from it. Keep in mind, whatever you put on your skin ends up in your bloodstream. The famous estrogen, birth control and nicotine patches have proven that beyond a doubt.

Using commercial repellents with toxic chemicals may not cause sudden death to an adult, but as any toxin, it builds up in our tissues and organs, especially our liver. Our livers are already overloaded with toxins and this is one that can be easily avoided.

There are natural insect repellents that repel mosquitoes, ticks and other biting bugs. They contain various essential oils that are safe and effective. This is a healthy alternative, since essential oils contain many nutrients. The essential oils most popular for their ability to repel insects are citronella, tea tree, cedarwood, eucalyptus, lemongrass, orange, rosemary, clove, oregano and peppermint. If you have any of these essential oils at home and need a quick repellent, add a few drops of essential oil (single or in combination) to one teaspoon of olive, jojoba, almond or coconut oil and rub it on.
If you don’t happen to have these ingredients readily available, Hallowed Ground Essentials offers Ugg-A-Bug natural bug repellent which contains a blend of geranium, citronella, lavender, rosemary, and lemon eucalyptus essential oils.

There are some people that are just bug magnets. There is always at least one person at outdoor events that is slapping themselves silly getting eaten alive, when no one else is. Either they are wearing too much cologne or perfume, or they may be lacking in B vitamins, especially Thiamine (B1). It is never advised to take just one of the B vitamins as it could cause imbalances in the body. A good quality B complex is recommended. When the body has a sufficient amount of B vitamins, an odor is emitted through the pores that bugs don’t like. No one else can smell it, thank goodness. One could also consume foods that are high in thiamine such as salmon, eggs, black beans, lentils or sunflower seeds. Eating garlic also provides for a natural repellent, but might repel more than insects. On the contrary, consuming sugar not only depletes our B vitamins, but emits a sweet odor through our pores that attracts biting bugs. Consuming alcohol also depletes B vitamins and causes the blood vessels to dilate, which attracts mosquitoes and biting flies.

This article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always consult with your doctor when seeking medical advice.