Natural products to fight summer bug bites

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Fabulous warm weather can mean more than your share of summer bug bites. Good thing there are a variety of chemical-free options that can keep bugs at bay and soothe the bites that you already have. Take a look at some of our favorites and check us out this Thursday on Daybreak to see us chat about them.

Natural Products to Prevent Bug Bites
Most conventional bug-killing products contain powerful chemical insecticides. The most popular, DEET, comes with a warning that you should wash it off your skin immediately when you return home and avoid breathing it into your lungs. Think about it: if the synthetic chemical kills mosquitoes, do you really want it on your skin? Worse yet, studies show that DEET causes brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use (Duke University Medical Center).

Thankfully, there are natural solutions that feature a combination of essential oils to keep bugs away.  Buzz Away Extreme is one of the most powerful natural mosquito repellent available. This DEET-free formula, in the spray bottle or handy towelette wipe, combines essential plant oils with soy bean and geranium oil for the longest lasting natural protection available. It works for up to 4 hours against mosquitoes, up to 2.5 hours on ticks, and also repels fleas, gnats and flies.

Natural Products to Soothe Bug Bites
If you already have summer bug bites, you can use some natural products to help fight the itchiness and swelling. If your bites are severe, make sure to contact your health care physician to make sure that you don’t have anything serious going on. For minor bug bites you can utilize homeopathic remedies to help them to feel better faster. Apis Mellifica is a well-known remedy that helps to eases pain from red, swollen bites.

Also, there is something you might already have on hand that can help your bug bites. Good ol’ Vitamin C is great to help fight inflammation, swelling and redness due to minor bug bites.

Make sure to consult your doctor before taking any new supplement. Also, some bites can be very dangerous including those in the mouth. Make sure to seek emergency help if needed!