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Natural Insect Repellents (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 08/22/11 08:21 PM ET   Updated: 10/22/11 06:12 AM ET

From Annie B. Bond with The Daily Green:

Whether you make homemade insect repellents or buy a safe brand, you can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about biting bugs.

I've dug deep into herbal lore for natural bug repellents that work. Living with dogs in tick country, loving to travel, and being chemically sensitive, my quest is personal. I was recently visiting a high-malaria risk area in Cambodia, for example, and as a result I felt I needed to take the best proven mosquito repellent available, but with my caveat: it also had to be nontoxic! I avoid DEET, the commonly recommended pesticide by pediatricians, but I needed something equally as effective. Tick and mosquito-borne diseases like Lyme disease, malaria and West Nile virus are no joke.

Fortunately, there are much safer alternatives found in natural food stores, and with carefully chosen essential oils, you can arm yourself with effective DIY formulas.

All photos and captions courtesy of The Daily Green.

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Don't let fear of bugs (or repellents) curtail your enjoyment of nature. By learning new, healthier ways to avoid insects, you can be outside as much as you want. Lifestyle changes combined with Herbal repellents are crucial to coexisting with bugs without coming to harm.

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About the Author

Annie B. Bond is the author of True Food: Eight Simple Steps to a Healthier You ($17.15 at and Home Enlightenment: Create a Nurturing, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Home ($6.20 at Learn more at

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