Spring has come early this year, with the warm sunny days, gentle breezes, and swarms of bugs floating around. Just this last week I received an email regarding lavender as a repellant. This one was a little more unusual than emails I've received in the past:
"My friend and I will be in a cabin in Arizona for two weeks. I have read that lavender discourages scorpions. Any suggestions? "
Well lavender is a great repellant, which is funny because some people feel lavender is an aphrodisiac. Happily, bugs . . . and scorpions don't agree. In fact, one study found that lavender essential oil was comparable to DEET in its ability to repel ticks as well as mosquitoes. (Hyalomma marginatum)(Mkolo et al., 2007)
Although DEET is approved by the EPA, it is a known eye irritant and can cause rashes, soreness, or blistering when applied to the skin. Additionally, DEET has been linked to neurological problems; according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse neurological effects, as well as the deaths of two adults. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found that DEET causes behavioral changes in rats. That's not what I want on my skin, or on the skin of my loved ones.
So what else is there? Well lavender of course, as well as catnip, lemongrass, citronella and many others herbs that are great alternatives to using repellants with DEET. I don't like bugs of any kind, so when making our Lavendoola Herbal Insect Repellant, I pack it full of all-natural bug repelling herbs.
My daughters can attest to the strength of our Herbal Insect Repellant. I gave both girls our Lavendoola Herbal Insect Repellant as well as our Herbal Bug Balm (which also gives you SPF 10) to pack for summer camp. They were gone for a week in a heavily wooded area. One used the repellants and the other didn't.
When the girls got home a week later, the one who didn't use any repellant was covered with 14 painful, red, irritated mosquito bites. The other had only one small bite on the backside of her elbow. When asked what happened, the badly bitten daughter said that she didn't remember where she had packed her repellants, so she didn't use any. Her sister said the reason she got a bite on her elbow is that she didn't think to put any repellant there.
Another customer of ours was visiting Honduras when he got bit by a mosquito. The mosquito was carrying the Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever virus, (related to the West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever) has symptoms of fever, headache, muscle and joint pain and if left untreated results in death. Once he recovered, he ordered our Herbal Bug Balm and says that not only has he not been bitten again, but he also has not been getting sun burnt in the areas that he has applied the balm. I was so happy to hear that it is strong enough for even tropical regions.
April showers bring May flowers, and a lot of bugs too. With our early spring this year, we are glad that we have plenty of Lavendoola Herbal Insect Repellant and Herbal Bug Balm to keep the critters at bay, so we can enjoy this great weather outside.