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CDC Says Lemon Eucalyptus As Effective As DEET

By Recyclebank |
The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has approved a non-toxic, plant-based insect repellant called Oil Of Lemon Eucalyptus.
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There is a new reason for those living in mosquito territory to rejoice this summer! The Centers For Disease Control (CDC), located in Atlanta, GA, has recently approved a non-toxic, plant-based insect repellant called Oil Of Lemon Eucalyptus.

In two recent CDC publications, when oil of lemon eucalyptus was tested against mosquitoes found in the US, it provided protection similar to repellents containing DEET, (N,N-diethyl meta-toluamide).

Until now, DEET was the only repellent recommended by the CDC, and approved for individual use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recent increases in the number of cases of West Nile virus and reports of toxicity in animals and children have prompted consumers to seek DEET alternatives, but until now the CDC has not endorsed any other plant-based product.

Oil of lemon eucalyptus is similar in make-up to menthol and can be extracted naturally from eucalyptus leaves and twigs. Another plus, lemon eucalyptus doesn't have the oily feel and unpleasant smell of DEET products.

Look for products that contain the active ingredient p-Menthane-3,8-diol, such as utter Lemon Eucalyptus Pump 4ozC, $7.95 which can repel mosquitoes and ticks for up to 6 hours.

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  • king c. 7 years ago
    make most of my cleaning supplies and laundry soap with natural ingredients
  • Cynthia L. 7 years ago
    My daughter DEFINITELY does not like to use DEET on her children, girls 4 and almost 2. I am certainly going to tell her about this method...she will be so pleased to hear about it!!
  • Vickie W. 7 years ago
    We have some acreage in the Sierra Nevada that my husband and I are preparing to live on when he retires. Unfortunately we have swarms of hungry mosquitos in the spring and summer months. Last year I actually got sick from putting on DEET every day to ward off the mosquitos. In fact, it got to the point where I felt like West Nile Virus would be better than the DEET toxicity I was experiencing - headaches every day, jitters, upset stomach, shortness of breath. Then I discovered the oil of lemon eucalyptus - what a Godsend! It does tingle a bit when I am hot and sweaty in the sun, but I have found that is the only offset. I also found it on sale at that big box store that Sam started ;). I hope we can find more of these environmental and humankind friendly solutions!
  • Karen B. 7 years ago
    I would like to find these plants and plant them in my yard. Also, what are some products that have this ingredient in it?

  • Kathy H. 7 years ago
    This is helpful to use more natural products.