- Our Catnip and Geranium Bug-Be-Gone Special
Our Catnip and Geranium Bug-Be-Gone Special
Please Note: This special is over. Check out our latest here!
We are having such awesome results using these blends to keep the biting bugs of Summer off us ~ and smelling great while we're at it.
We would really love your feedback when you try these! Please do let us know which of these great blends you like the most, and why...they're not yet available on the website, but after this special, we'll put them up, along with your reviews :)
Using Essential Oils to Keep Away Those Biting Bugs
Several essential oils are traditionally therapeutically used for repelling mosquitoes, including Catnip, Geranium, Citronella, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus and many more...
Neptalactone, the primary constituent of Catnip essential oil, has been laboratory-tested to be 10 to 20 times more effective than DEET, or 'diethyltoluamide'.
DEET is the chemical found in many over-the-counter synthetic products which has been noted by many professionals as a safety concern for children (which really means "everyone" doesn't it?)
The Science of DEET, Catnip and Mosquitoes
The repellency of DEET and Catnip oil were compared on a scale from -100 to +100. A rating of zero meant that half of the insects stayed on treated side of their container, and half on the untreaded side. In the tests, Catnip ranged from +49 to +59 by comparison, whereas DEET’s repellency rankied only a +10.
Researchers says nepetalactone is about 10 times more effective than DEET because it takes about one-tenth as much nepetalactone as DEET to have the same effect. Most commercial insect repellents contain about 5 percent to 25 percent DEET. Presumably, much less catnip oil would be needed in a formulation to have the same level of repellency as a DEET-based repellent.
So Why Use Anything Else But Catnip?
MANY essential oils have been traditionally ~ and effectively ~ used in biting-insect repellent blends. Citronella candles are a classic example...and these blends both include several essential oils which synergize for the greatest efficacy and most pleasing aroma.
The best of insect-repellent blends are the ones you and your family both find effective and enjoy the scent of. That way you'll want to use it, and hopefully you're children will too.
Geranium essential oil has a truly beautiful aroma, and has long been used as the foundation for insect-repellent blends. Some practitioners even use it as the sole essential oil in their recipe, though we blend it with other oils too, to potentiate both its efficacy and scent.
So take this opportunity to try one or both of our Bug-Be-Gone formulas for free, and let us know what you think!
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