How to Choose a Toxin-Free Insect Repellent

It's no fun getting eaten by mosquitoes or other biting insects! To avoid the discomfort they cause, many people reach for well known repellent brands like OFF, REPEL, or Cutter.  Unfortunately, chemical insect repellents with active ingredients such as DEET and Permethrin come with potential health hazards. Let's take a look at them!  Dangers of DEET and Other Chemical Insect Repellents DEET(N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide), the active ingredient in many store-bought bug sprays, is used by an estimated 1/3 of the U.S. population each year. Yes, it’s effective for keeping the bugs away. But it’s bad news for our bodies! DEET is a pesticide. A strong one. It can melt plastic a...

Effective DIY Bug Spray Recipes: The Natural, Non-Toxic Protection You Need This Summer

Mosquitoes are an inevitable downside to summertime. I absolutely hate being bitten, followed by the days of itching and temptation to scratch the welts. Unfortunately for me, I’m a mosquito magnet. Even if no one else is getting bit, my arms and legs are being eaten alive. Couple that with having spent the majority of my career traveling in parts of the world where mosquito-transmitted diseases – think malaria, dengue, and yellow fever – are rampant (you definitely don’t want any of those!), and you see why I've used a ton of bug spray over the course of my life.      I used to practically bathe in insect repellent (namely Deep Woods OFF) when outside in the evening or traveling in equatorial regions. Pract...