In an effort to protect yourself from mosquitoes and their dreaded illness they cause, are you using herbal mosquito repellents? Applying a chemical-laden repellent means you are choosing one illness over the other. This is like the from-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire situation.
In fact, we harm ourselves two ways – either through inhalation of smoke from coils or by absorbing DEET into our body and bloodstream. Probably everyone knows why coils are the worst, but these sell in the market as a cheaper alternative. However, not many know about the dangers of DEET.
What is the problem?
What we need to know is about DEET. DEET or diethyltoluamide has been considered a savior in mosquito affected areas. This light yellowish oil is considered as one of the best insect repellents as well. It was originally used as a pesticide and then later by the US Army in the Vietnam War. Studies have shown that mosquitoes are repelled by the smell of DEET and so that makes it the popular choice in all kinds of mosquito repellents.
So far so good. But here is the problem with continuous usage of DEET.
- According to The Pesticide Information Project of Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University,”Everglades National Park employees having extensive DEET exposure were more likely to have insomnia, mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function than were lesser exposed co-workers.”
- DEET enters our blood and acts as a toxin.
- According to Scientific American, it has caused ‘rashes, skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, headaches, dizziness and difficulty concentrating’.
- American Academy of Pediatrics have cautioned that only products with 10% – 30% is safe and not above that and babies under two months should never be exposed to DEET based mosquito repellents. Baby center India mentions that it causes eye irritations, allergies, aggravate breathing problems and simply not safe to be inhaled.
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found in their study that mosquitoes have been seen to evolve somehow and get resistant to DEET. So the toxin does not affect them anymore but it keeps on affecting you.
Why herbal repellent?
There are many other safer alternatives to DEET and there are many people who buy only these products. Herbal oils like lemon eucalyptus, lavender, citronella, neem and cinnamon are very efficient in repelling mosquitoes and insects. Some people simply mix these oils with water and spray it around their home.
However, these natural repellents are easily available nowadays as more people are getting aware and want it for their house and office. You may not be able to avoid the pollution outside your home but at least you can make your home free from domestic pollutants.
These herbal repellents come as sprays and as liquid vaporizers and work just like the other ones that we use. A great benefit is that these work as room fresheners as well! We all love the fragrance of lavender and when it also keeps away insects and mosquitoes, it is a truly a savior, isn’t it?
There are various herbal mosquito repellents available in the market. It is time you shifted to these and stay away from chemical ones. Some also come as special candles and incense sticks and do the same good job of repelling mosquitoes and insects.
Do not believe any product blindly, see for yourself what is best for you. It is your home and it is you who has to decide whether you bring home a toxin or a herb.
If you would like to know about a 100% herbal mosquito repellent, you can see this review here.
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Source Credits: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEET, www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-it-true-that-the-deet/, www.babycenter.in/x1050386/are-mosquito-coils-or-plug-in-repellents-safe-to-use-for-my-baby, www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-21519998, www.academia.edu/6104852/Mosquito_repellents_Killing_mosquitoes_or_yourselves, www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-mosquitoes-become-immune-to-deet-after-just-a-few-hours-of-exposure-22807157/, Clovers Garden
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