There have been numerous studies that the DEET in insect repellents can be absorbed through the skin and can cause neurological damage. It can result to seizures and death, and can be especially harmful to children. I stopped buying insect repellents with DEET when I became a mom. That was six years ago. From Off Lotion I shifted to this product called 'Quit Bugging Me' by Jason (available at Healthy Options). Then two years ago I shifted to the locally made natural insect repellents, which were just as effective. Lately I've been making my own.
Homemade insect repellents are very easy to make. I promised some friends I'll share some recipes, so here goes:
You can go natural all the way and use witch hazel or tea tree oil on your insect bites to minimize swelling and infection. One drop on the affected area will do. If you want to make your home mosquito-free, here are ways to do it naturally:
Remember the tea tree oil I bought from Giga in Robinson's Galleria? It's pure, and P100 for a 15ml bottle is very reasonable. So I went to Giga Megamall this afternoon and bought some citronella and vanilla essential oils. I also got an electric oil burner which I'm using right now, as I write. It's another great purchase, but I'll tell you about that next time.