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To Deet or Not August 20, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tiffany C @ 11:16 AM
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I know, it’s late in the summer, but what are you using on your skin to keep mosquitoes at bay?  Hopefully it’s not Deet.  I realize in extreme cases you almost don’t have a choice, but for most of us, herbal repellents are a better choice.  There are a myriad of ingredients that repel mosquitoes that aren’t toxic pesticides.  We use a garlic spray for our yard.  We live in the woods where the mosquitoes are thick, and really love how I taste.  Other ingredients to apply on your skin are: lemongrass, lavender, geranium, citronella, thyme, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, clove, cedar,  marigold,  rosemary, neem, lemon eucalyptus and marjoram.  That is a long list. Some of these ingredients are more effective and some are less.  Many commercial, herbal repellents are out there.  I’ve found a variety at local stores, and there are more to choose from online.  You can even make your own repellent. Tutorials and recipes are  all over the Internet. The downside of most herbal repellents is that you need to reapply often, every hour or so.

If you are in a jungle or some Northwoods location where you have to bring out the big gun of Deet, make sure you don’t put it on your skin.  Your skin is like a sponge, and toxins you put on it can be absorbed.  Another chemical repellent is Picaridin.  Again this is a chemical, but it supposed to be less toxic than Deet, and just as effective.  One of the most effective herbal-based repellents is the oil of lemon eucalyptus.  It is one of the repellents recommended by the CDC and the EPA.

Best of luck battling those little suckers!

Wikipedia-Insect repellent

 

The Story of Cosmetics July 22, 2010

Yes, Annie Leonard does it again.  I love this lady and the work she is doing.  I have blogged and written columns on cosmetics, and some of the issues associated with them, but leave it to Annie Leonard to hit the nail on the head.  This is a very short video and worth every moment of your time.  At a very minimum, shouldn’t what we slather on our bodies be toxic-free?  Ladies, how many personal care products do you use a day?  I know, I can’t ignore the men, but guys tend to use less than the average woman.  Even more scary than what we put on ourselves, is to think about what we are putting on our babies and children.

The Story of Cosmetics

Reuseit, thanks for letting us know that Annie had a new video to watch.

 

Cinnamon is Our Friend May 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tiffany C @ 7:55 AM
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I love cinnamon.  I love the smell and the taste of it.  It is great for keeping blood sugar level on an even keel.  Another great thing about cinnamon is that ants hate it.  We have a mailbox the ants like to take over, and make into a nursery every summer.  A couple of summers ago, when I was trying to find an eco ant killer, I came across some info that cinnamon worked.  Sure enough, it worked like a charm.  We’ve also used it as a barrier around our house to keep the carpenter ants at bay by sprinkling it next to the foundation.  Use enough so you can see a line.  Yes, you do need to put more around your house if you have a huge storm, but it’s cheaper and healthier than toxic chemical.  I buy it in the bulk food section to save even more.