Organic Bug Repellent

During the summer we need to protect ourselves from bugs such as mosquitos and ticks, in Los Angeles I don't deal with them much but in Italy, I deal with persistent "tiger" mosquitos.

Conventional bug repellents are not an option since are full of toxic chemicals such as DEET that are unsafe for us with their collateral toxic effects, and the environment, in fact, put in risk other creatures such as honeybees and aquatic life.

❌ DEET: What is DEET anyway? It sounds so mysterious. DEET is simply the common name for N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide and nearly all conventional insect repellents contain DEET, a chemical that was developed during the Second World War, used by the U.S. Army in jungle warfare. It is reported fatalities related to DEET and serious harm to children.

According to MADE SAFE, Ingredients to avoid are

Deet an active ingredient linked to skin blisters, seizures, memory loss, headaches, stiffness in joints, shortness of breath, and skin irritation, it has been detected in groundwater, surface water, and drinking water. 

Cyfluthrin linked to neurotoxicity, muscle trembling, and behavior changes. 

Permethrin is a synthetic pesticide, also toxic to aquatic life, bees, and fish.  

Pyrethroids are an insecticide