18.9.12

Natural Insect Repellent

Vegemite
I've had a couple of requests for my recommendations for natural inspect repellent. I have to be honest I never pack insect repllent when I go on holiday but then again it has been a while since I ventured to an exotic location. In my experience the mosquitoes don't like my blood. When I backpacked Australia my friend was having allergic reactions to bites but I never suffered. I am unsure if it's an old wives tale but eating Vegemite was the recommendation. Apparently it's to do with the Vitamin B's. Since Vegemite remains a part of my diet perhaps there is something to this tale. In theory Marmite should also do the trick. I have searched the internet and opinions are mixed as to whether there is some truth behind this tale.

If you are off to an exotic location you need to protect yourself against being bitten.  The illnesses carried by mosquitoes need to be taken seriously but there is controversy over DEET (N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide). It is often recommended that the best repellents on the market are those containing DEET but there have been concerns raised about toxicity. I have read that when using repellent containing DEET you may be better off not spraying directly onto your skin but onto your clothing. If you would like to learn more about DEET I will list at then end of this post the articles I read.

Natural repellents which you may wish to make sure are included in products are citronella and lemon eucalyptus.  I have browsed the internet for you and found the following products.  Click on the names as I have linked to websites where you can purchase these.

Intelligent Nutrients Bug Repellent Serum
Shea Life Insect Repellent Balm
Alva Naturkosmetik Effitan Insect Repellent Spray
Organic Formulations Bugger Off Insect Repellent
Gwdihw (Goody Hoo) Bugs Away Balm

I was pleasantly surprised at the number of repellents from well known brands. My post is intended as a guide and I recommend you surf the internet to see what else you can find. Let me know in the comment section if you have tried any of the products mentioned above. I would be interested to know whether you were happy with the results.




Links to Further Reading - 
Naturalnews.com - Insect repellent DEET is toxic to brain cells
survival.outdoorlife.com - The Toxic Truth About DEET and Permethrin
protectourbreasts.org - The DEETs about safer bug spray
rodale.com - 4 Natural Alternatives to Toxic Mosquito Repellents

14 comments:

  1. To avoid bites eating marmite or vegemite does work and it is because of vit B! But you have to eat it a week or so before you go on your hols - unfortunately I dont like the taste so I usual resort to citronella or citrus scented perfume / candles because they dont seem to like citrus scents either :)

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    1. So it wasn't made up in my head then, good to know :) We always use citronella candles when eating outside on those rare balmy summer evenings :) it seems to do the trick

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  2. Gosh, I hate vegemite! I'd rather be bitten by mosquitoes instead of having to eat it :D

    I haven't looked up or done research but we use Neem as insect repellent in India. Dried Neem leaves have to be smoked with some charcoal. I have done it a few times and all the mozzies fall dead!

    On the skin, Neem oil acts very well to keep the bugs off. It is natural and has skin care benefits too. I am not a huge fan of how Neem smells but it is much better than the smell of insecticides! I think there are many neem based commercial products for insects but neem oil acts as good :)

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    1. Aussies are always shocked I love Vegemite so much they think that anyone outside of their country can't possibly eat it lol. I on the other hand think Marmite is disgusting. Thanks for the tip about Neem :)

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  3. Bugs love me. I normally burn a citronella candle if I'm just chilling outside but when I go on long walks (even in the UK in the summer) I get bitten. It never occurred to me to use insect repellent.

    Great list. Favourited for future holidays and walks.

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    1. Glad you have found this post helpful and I hope you can make use of it in the future. I have another one to add to the list, I was contacted on twitter by http://alfrescoshop.com/

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  4. as an aussie seeing vegemite on your page just made my day! I'm the girl who now lives in the uk and trekked round 4 shops in the rain to find it when I decided only vegemite on toast would do! Also really useful post, I'll have to tell my mum to eat more vegemite as she's always getting bitten xx

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    1. I'm glad I made your day :) If ever I can't decide what to have for tea or I am feeling under the weather, Vegemite on toast is the solution. Tesco & Sainsburys stock it, years ago I was having to order online

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  5. Ooh I think I'll tell my sister about this as she always seems to get bitten! I've heard garlic is supposed to repel mosquito's too. No idea if its true, but will pretty much use any excuse to eat garlic! :) xx

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    1. I love garlic if it does keep away the bugs it may also keep away your friends lol x

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  6. I use one by an Australian brand called MooGoo. It does the job without smelling terrible like most do. The only thing is, you have to spray it all over (arms, legs, neck). MooGoo ship internationally too - I love their products, they're really great for sensitive skin. You can find the insect repellant at http://moogoo.com.au/tail-swat.html/?SID=6f509b28268f20157d4e8982ed213034

    I've never heard about Vegemite keeping insects away, haha, not sure if i could stand eating it that often to test it.

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    1. I've heard of MooGoo & people do seem to like it :)

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