The CDC states that lemon eucalyptus oil is “comparable to DEET in effectiveness”.
After all, no one wants to spray chemicals on their body. But, when you have mosquitoes dive-bombing you every three seconds, you do what you have to do. But, if this natural repellent can work just as well, it is a no-brainer. There can be many bad things that come from a mosquito bite, aside from the initial pain.
Yellow fever, malaria, west Nile, chikungunya, yellow fever, filariasis, tularemia, dirofilariasis, Japanese encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Ross River fever… the list of diseases from this insect seemingly goes on forever.
The mosquito literally has killed more humans in the history of the world than all of the wars combined.
The major concern with DEET is that it is a chemical and not a natural compound. In large enough doses it can be poisonous.
“Dr. Mohammed Abou-Donia of Duke University studied lab animals’ performance of neuro-behavioural tasks requiring muscle co-ordination. He found that lab animals exposed to the equivalent of average human doses of DEET performed far worse than untreated animals.” source link
Where can you buy this Lemon Eucalyptus Oil? Just about any place that sells natural products will have it. The most convienent way is to buy it online. Here is a link to Amazon’s inventory of Lemon Eucalyptus Oil.