One of my greatest fear, as of late, Sharks! I don’t know where it came from? As a kid, I would spend HOURS in the ocean (So. Cal. girl here!), jumping and diving into waves, boogie boarding, and swimming in the surf without a care in the world. Now, I think Sharks! Last time we were on the SUP (stand up paddle board), I was picturing a shark swimming up out of the water and biting my leg off! Hello! Crazy girl here! So I end up spending a lot of time praying out there in the water… which isn’t a bad thing! At least I can still get out there!
I even thought I was MORE crazy when I came across this image, thanks to this awesome site by Bill Gates…
10 shark deaths per year and in last place. REALLY!? 725,000 deaths per year from an insect a teeny tiny insect, now that is scary… and very sad. Yes, we don’t have much to worry about in good old America, but it does make you think about others around the world right? Here we can prevent itchy bites, but there, they need life saving mosquito nets! Just something to think about… and act on if you feel so inclined! Check out Nets For Life, to save a life!
The problem with insect repellant, is that most sold in the super markets, not only repel mosquitos, they are TOXIC for us. Author, Fatimah Waseem, from USA Today, weighs in on DEET, a common ingredient in most mosquito repellants, “DEET is commonly maligned for neurological damage, seizures, and eye irritation, but can provide all-day protection at concentration of 20%-30% against a variety of pests.” DEET for my family? I think not! The risks for a mosquito bite in the states do not make subjecting my family to the harsh chemicals, however, in countries or places where Malaria, West Niles and Dengue Fever are rampant, those might out way the risk of being sprayed with chemicals. It is important to weigh the risk, always.
All Natural Insect Repellant Recipe
- Lemon Essential Oil (I LOVE doTERRA)
- Melaleuca Essential Oil (Tea Tree)
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- 100% Pure Witch Hazel
- 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 5 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
- 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- (Optional 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil)
- 2 oz Pure Witch Hazel
- Fill container with Witch Hazel, which acts as a carrier to essential oils. Add in drops, shake, and spray!
Simple simple simple! Lucky for me, mosquitos don’t like my blood, my husband on the other hand, gets eaten alive! We are going camping this weekend and this is something I will NOT forget to bring!
Have you tried an all natural insect repellant recipe? Success? Didn’t work? Let us know your thoughts! Have a great weekend everyone!
Keep it clean, keep it natural! From my Natural Health Blog to you!