Apple cider vinegar can be an effective bug solution for pets and/or pregnant women.
It is possible to be pregnant and still be able to love the outdoors without the worry of what is safe to use as a mosquito and fly repellent. There are options that don't carry a warning label as do commercial bug sprays containing DEET.
DEET, also known as diethyl-meta-toluamide, is very common in commercial bug repellent sprays, but research tells us that its repeated use can have detrimental effects on brain cells and can interact with some medications.
Anything put onto our skin is absorbed into the body, therefore in doing what is best for your baby try to avoid chemical exposure if possible. Go the natural route and use an herbal based vinegar as a bug deterrent and remedy for bug bites. Ideal for use not only for pregnant women but safe for young children; anyone who desires an all natural, organic herbal bug spray.
Vinegar is the base for this spray for three reasons; bugs don't care for it, it makes for great herbal infusions, and it evaporates, therefore there is no need to worry about smelling like vinegar.
Plantain (Plantago major) is one of the world’s most common herbs. Also known as the “Mother of Herbs,” it is one of the top backyard medicinal plants. Plantain is a commonly seen "weed", one of those plants we step on without a thought, but should you suffer a bee or bug bite quickly chew a leaf to get the juices flowing and apply to the bite. It has astringent, soothing, antimicrobial properties that make it a very beneficial herb to use for our all natural bug deterrent spray.
Lavender oil has been used as a bug repellent for centuries. It was used in the past to protect clothes and linens from the infestation of moths and other insects. The strong scent of lavender is disliked by numerous types of bugs, flies and mosquitoes are just what usually comes to mind as the problem pests. Lavender also prevents the spread of infection caused by existing bug bites and controls the itching and inflammation often associated with them.
Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a safe alternative to help repel fleas on your pets. Fleas don't like the way vinegar tastes and smells. As some of the chemicals used for topical flea treatments can be just as dangerous as the pests themselves, knowing other ways to keep them off your pets are always good to know.
Avoid getting the spray into your pet's eyes.
Spray with this herbal vinegar as often as needed. Herb-based preparations must be reapplied more frequently than chemical repellents to remain effective.
Avoid contact with the eyes.
The addition of Lavender and Geranium essential oils (I've added Geranium since the above photo was taken) are optional for pregnant women. While lavender works as a repellent, geranium works as an insecticide to the bugs. Though Lavender and Geranium essential oils are on the safe list during pregnancy, there are different opinions about their use during the first trimester. Just let me know if you don't want it added to the vinegar blend.
Herbal Vinegar Insect Bite Treatment and Deterrent Body Spray comes in a 4 oz. or 8 oz. plastic spray bottle.
Always check with your physician or veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns about a product.
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