Don’t Bug Out on Natural Insect Repellents!
Although summer is coming to end soon, there is still a need for insect repellent. And as those pests continue to wreak havoc on our skin, it’s more important than ever to use the bug repellent that is best for us. First and foremost, insect repellents protect us from getting blood-borne diseases like dengue fever, malaria, West Nile Virus, lyme disease, bubonic plague and more that can be carried by biting insects. Unfortunately, there are many more mosquito-borne diseases, like Zika virus, that can affect almost anyone and at any age. Mosquito bites can be not just itchy and annoying, but in some cases, they can be dangerous and life threating which is why bite prevention is key.
There is no question that we all need a good insect repellent, but which option is best?
Most experts would agree that what we put onto our bodies is equally important as what we put into our bodies. As the biggest organ of the human body, our skin needs to be nurtured, nourished and properly taken care of each day. It’s important to start by avoiding the introduction of harmful chemicals and ingredients into our body through our skin.
Is the hype about organic really “real”?
Many argue that the organic hype is absolutely real. Organic skincare products are made of plant-derived ingredients (as well as other naturally occurring ingredients). They are grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and these products are not only healthier for us, they are also better for the environment. In order to earn the USDA “Organic” seal, a product must contain (excluding water and salt) only organically produced ingredients. Additionally, organic is one of the most heavily regulated certifications, often subject to rigorous inspections.
Organic products are coveted because they generally won’t aggravate or worsen the skin like other products that may contain harmful chemical ingredients. And since the skin absorbs these unsafe compounds easily, the body has no way of ridding itself of them. These toxins can remain in your intestine and may eventually spread throughout the body, damaging organs and doing harm. When it comes to bug repellents, DEET-free and natural are the way to go. These options are safe for everyone including babies, kids, expectant moms and the elderly.
With all the confusing labels and fake claims, how do you know that you are actually buying an organic product?
No doubt, there is some confusion on the topic of organic products. In fact, it is not uncommon to see products and companies claiming to be ‘organic’ when they are not qualified or certified organic. Only USDA certified products and companies are permitted to use the term ‘organic’ on labels, packaging and displays. In order for a product to be organic, it must show the organic certifying agent’s information and have the organic ingredients clearly listed. The USDA seal can be used only on products that contain a minimum of 95 percent organic ingredients (excluding salt and water). Up to 5 percent of the ingredients may be nonorganic agricultural products that are not commercially available as organic and/or nonagricultural products that are on the USDA’s national list.
So, it’s crucial that people seeking organic products carefully read labels before buying products that claim to be organic.
US Organic, a USDA certified organic product manufacturer, uses powerful and healthy organic and natural ingredients from certified organic suppliers over the world. US Organic has an extensive line of organic certified and natural products including an Herbal Insect Repellent anti-bug spray made from nine premium organic ingredients. The formula provides long-lasting protection against bugs and mosquitoes. US Organic Anti-Bug Sprays come three different formulas: Full-strength Outdoor, Full-strength Indoor, and the new Coconut Scent with moisturizers. All three are available in 4 fluid ounces and 2 fluid ounces (TSA compliant and ideal for airplane travel and carryon luggage). Here are some of the important fact about US Organic Anti-Bug Sprays:
- 100% natural
- USDA Certified Organic
- Proven 98-100% repellency against yellow fever mosquitoes up to 4hrs
- DEET-free and safe-to-use, including babies, kids, expectant moms and the elderly
- Cruelty-free products certified by Leaping Bunny Program; No animal testing
- The long-lasting skin moisturizing formula isn’t sticky
Insect & gnat repellents like US Organic’s anti-bug spray are safe, easy to use and effective for everyone. Here are a few tips when choosing a natural or organic bug repellent or anti-bug spray:
- Read the label to ensure the product is in fact ‘organic’
- Make sure you fully understand how much you can apply and how often
- Apply repellents only to exposed skin areas
- Apply your repellent outdoors in a well-ventilated area (unless labeled for indoor use)