Deet. Otherwise known as a necessary evil in Muskoka and other cottage country areas across Canada. For many years people have relied on Deet to stave off mosquitos, black flies, horse flies and deer flies. I myself can attest to its effectiveness but in light of our knowledge of how dangerous this chemical is to our health, deet seems somewhat archaic. So, we continue our quest of finding other, friendlier ways to fight off these annoying, biting insects.
Enter organic, environmentally friendly, non-toxic sprays, lotions and potions. It was a good idea in the beginning with very little actual success. As demand has rapidly grown and research continues we see new and improved products popping up everywhere (let’s celebrate here) that actually work to keep bugs at bay.
Based on a traditional Métis recipe, this all natural, plant powered bug repellent has undergone efficacy testing at The University of Guelph. It is non-irritating, unscented and best of all works amazingly well to keep critters away from you. It is safe for kids and pets and even contains therapeutic oils to help condition your skin! Order it online at goneshopping.ca.
Also, in Graydon's anti-bug kit is her Outdoor Aromablend which contains a combination of essential oils including lemongrass, geranium, peppermint and patchouli, the combination of which is not appealing to bugs but is good smelling to humans (thankfully not reminiscent of the smell of citronella). You can add it into the Outdoor Spray for an added boost of aromatic protection. Check out Graydon's full line of locally made (Toronto) natural skin care products here.Meow Meow Tweet's all natural insect repellent is powerful enough to combat prehistoric mosquitoes without toxic chemicals. Plant-based essential oils combine with natural skin toners to create a body mist that can be sprayed directly onto skin, hair, and clothes. What do they use in the ingredients you ask? Grain alcohol, wild harvested witch hazel, lavender water, apple cider vinegar, plus essential oils of citronella, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass, cedar wood and fir needle. Sounds like a great Muskoka cocktail to keep the mozzies away.
Armed with some or all of these natural repellents; bugs don't stand a chance! The products mentioned here are available at The Health Hut Boutique in Port Carling and online at: www.healthhutboutique.com. Happy bug repelling Muskoka!