per la Insects
Ingredients:Pure Raw Essential Oils of Cedarwood, Citronella, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Geranium, and Lemongrass.
Description:Formulated to naturally assist in repelling insects. The essential oils, used in this blend have been scientifically shown to repel insects more effectively than other synthetic insect repellents. The earliest insect repellents included smoke, mud, and various plant substances.
Today, the formula, DEET is found in over 400 repellents. DEET can peel paint, damage rayon and spandex, and melt plastic. Up to 56 percent of DEET applied to the skin enters the bloodstream, and reactions to it include skin rashes, lethargy, muscle spasms, nausea, and irritability. An extreme reaction can cause seizures and even death. Per la Insects is a more natural alternative to DEET, and is just as effective.
Natural insect repellents tend to provide coverage for a shorter time, but their coverage is safer so you may find it worth the extra effort applying a bit more often. Because of the volatile nature of essential oils, plan on reapplying every 30 minutes or so.
Caution: Keep out of reach of children and avoid eye area. Do NOT ingest. Store at room temperature and avoid sunlight. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Individual Ingredient Description:
- Cedarwood (Cedrus Deodara) Cedarwood oil has been shown to possess insecticidal and anti-fungal properties and to have some potential for control of fungal deterioration of spices during storage. In India it is used effectively to cure ulcers, skin diseases, and repel mosquitoes. Aids oily skin (scalp and hair), acne, fungus, and dandruff.
- Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus) This oil has been used for its medicinal value in many cultures for fever, intestinal parasites, digestive and menstrual problems, stimulant, insect repellent and room deodorizer. Beneficial for excessive perspiration, oily skin and hair.
- Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) The geranium is reputed to help heal bruises, cuts and scrapes, eczema, hemorrhoids, nail fungus and sunburns as well as help with insomnia and varicose veins. The oil and shrub alike are also used as a natural insect repellent and is well known in the ancient world as a tick repellent for both dogs and humans.
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Eucalyptus contains cineole, which is the active therapeutic ingredient that has been proven to ward off insects.
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Lavender is excellent for allergies, asthma, cuts, headaches, insect bites, and stings. It is beneficial for dermatitis, eczema, diaper rash, thrush, lice, ringworm, and dermatitis.
- Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) Works as a “primer” for the other oils. Overall Peppermint has the ability to repel most insects. It is not the smell of peppermint that insects find unattractive, it is the effect of cineol, an active ingredient in peppermint. Anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe bites and stings also.
- Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) Anti-inflammatory, arthritis, digestive tonic, and stimulates liver. Has the ability to repel ticks, fleas, and lice. The oil smell within lemongrass can deter the senses of mosquitoes.