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DEET-Free Natural Bug and Mosquito Repellent

Posted on May 20 2021

Bug season is here! We all want natural, effective products against these annoying creatures (we're looking at you, mosquitos!) without having to guess which ingredients would make the best homemade natural bug repellent, and then on top of that, having to source those ingredients! And we can't forget about our pets and kids. Which ingredients are safest for them?

Humans and animals project odors that insects such as mosquitoes, black flies, ticks, and sand flies are drawn to as they need a host with blood on which to feed. Because most plant volatiles have non-host odors, many essential oils have at least some effect on repelling insects like the ones mentioned above (including “no- see- uhms” as they are often called).

Calli Essentials has formulated two products both of which contains essential oils most effective against repelling mosquitos, black flies, and yes even ticks. 

React Anti-Inflammatory & After Sun Spray and Pure Botanical Concentrated Mosquito Repellent 

Our React Spray formula serves multiple purposes and is formulated with oils that are amongst the most potent anti-inflammatory that nature has to offer, calming burns, allergic reactions, and inflammation due to bug bites.

In a study published by the Journal of medical entomology in 2007, isolating the numerous compounds of Tanacetum annuum L (blue Tansey) the conclusion was that while many of the isolates were effective in repelling ticks the whole oil or crude was most effective. NCBI has published multiple studies regarding the effectiveness of both German Chamomile and Lavender against ticks. 

Additional studies have even shown that chamomile may be considered as a promising plant for the biocontrol of cattle fever caused by ticks.

In a compilation of  383 studies published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information; Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriadora) was found to repel against mosquitos and black flies for the longest period of time (11+ hours). Among other oils, lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)  German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L) and roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis L) were found to be effective for 8+ hours. 

Our Pure Botanical Mosquito Spray contains a concentrated amount of Lemon Eucalyptus Oil - one of the best non-DEET defense against mosquitoes as studied by the CDC and the EPA.

Our React Spray is a blend of hydrosols and essential oils that are amongst the most potent anti-inflammatories that nature has to offer. Providing instant relief to sunburns, bug bites, and allergic reactions.  

We formulate our sprays not only with essential oils but with hydrosols of the same oils so you will find no water here in our pure botanical therapeutic sprays.

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