Truly Natural Effective Insect Repellent

I don’t know about all of you, but it sure seems like this was an extra-long winter. And, well it's not in full sprint, it would appear spring is here.

So while sunshine, shorts, t-shirts, bonfires and BBQs are some of our favourite things that are just waiting to be enjoyed, bugs are the uninvited guests that can ruin the fun.  We are talking black flies, mosquitoes, sand flies, chiggers “no- see- uhms” and the rest of bug biting family. 

Not only are all these creatures annoying, bites from them can be painful and cause some pretty serious allergic reactions. So, you can get safe, deet-free protection and have natural remedies that actually work at warding of these bugs and at soothing inflammation, should you get bit. Yes you can!  Go ahead and reclaim the outdoors.

Biting Insects are Attracted to the Odours we Omit as a Result of the Carbon Dioxide we Exhale 

All of these annoying creatures have one thing in common that science has proven to be true. Humans and animal omit odours because of the carbon dioxide we exhale and bugs are attracted to those odours. Research has shown that there are certain constituents within plants, which are responsible for their fragrance, which prevent bugs from wanting to bite us. 

So, what Essential Oils are our Best Bug Protection?

While there are many essential oils that offer bug protection, we've done the research so you don't have 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?

Let's start with Calli Essentials Pure Botanical Mosquito Spray It 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 when in a concentration of 15-30%. Studies by these institutions have shown it provides up to 7 hours protection.  

The second product serves multiple purposes and is super safe for kids and pets React Anti-Inflammatory & After Sun Spray And yes, it's an insect repellent as well!

Formulated with oils that are amongst the most potent anti-inflammatories nature has to offer, it will calm 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 which is a main oil in our React Anti-Inflammatory & After Sun Spray) 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. (Also Ingredients in our React Anti-Inflammatory & After Sun Spray)

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 main ingredient in our Pure Botanical Mosquito Spray ) 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. (all ingredients in our React Anti-Inflammatory & After Sun Spray )

What Is The Best Way To Apply 

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

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