No one likes the presence of insects in the house and because of that most of the people try all sorts of repellents. However, the most common one that they use is DEET which is packed with dangerous toxic ingredients, thus making its use highly unsafe.
Fortunately, there is an effective natural repellent which can be even more effective than the commonly used DEET. Its use will keep insects at bay, and protect your health from the harmful toxins that commercial repellents contain. We are talking about the lemon eucalyptus oil.
Many studies have compared the effects of lemon eucalyptus oil with DEET and the results showed that lemon eucalyptus oil is 12 percent more effective at preventing mosquito bites. This ability of this oil results from the content of an active ingredient known as p-methane-3, 8-diol (PMD), which blocks signals that help mosquitoes to find humans like carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
Moreover, the BeyondPesticides.org classified the PMD as the “least toxic” category. This substance may irritate the eyes, but nothing more, which we cannot state for DEET that is far more harmful.
The effects of DEET on humans and as well as on your pets can be very harmful due to the fact that this chemical gets easily absorbed into the skin, and then goes straight into the gut and the central nervous system, thereby leading to:
Muscle coordination issues
DEET is extremely dangerous when children are present in the room where this repellent is used. Its longer use can even lead to deadly effects and other serious side-effects. In fact, the risk of death is so high that the USA has banned all DEET products to make claims of child safety.
Warnings must be printed on the product labels like the following ones:
Do not use on the hands or near eyes and mouth of small children.
Do not let small children to use this product.
Do not use it on wounds, cuts, or irritated skin.
Do not spray it in enclosed areas.
Do not apply it under clothing.
If used outside, make sure to wash the treated skin with soap and water.
On the other hand, when lemon eucalyptus oil is concerned you should only protect your eyes.
In the video below, you will find out how to prepare a highly effective lemon eucalyptus oil repellent: