The one awful thing about summertime is the bugs. I always get eaten alive by mosquitoes. I recall on my honeymoon to BVI, just laying inside and covering myself in OFF! every ten minutes. I was miserable.
DEET, which is a chemical found in most bug sprays, has been found dangerous to humans. It can cause neurological damage and once it's in the bloodstream can cause seizures and death. But the EPA says that as long as we use it as directed - it's fine. I don't necessarily believe everything I'm told, especially by the government.
I am hoping to get pregnant soon, so I've been thinking more about what I'm putting on and in my body. I read a couple instances where using DEET was implicated in complications in pregnant women. SallyeAnder No-Bite-Me ($14.95) is a DEET-free, natural preventative and after-bite treatment. It's a blend of 16 essential oils including Cedar, Mint, Lemongrass, and Geranium.
Just dot the cream on exposed skin and rub in for four hours of protection. I was introduced to this by a friend and I carry it with me in my purse during the summertime. I love it. It really works. It has a rather pungent scent but I have grown to like it. Safe for kids.