Protect yourself from West Nile Virus Naturally
Insecticide is not the answer! Spraying your community with these toxins could have neurological damage and even kill you! Dallas jumped the gun on this one, and I feel for the people of Dallas.
So what should you do to prevent and fight this growing epidemic?
(NaturalNews)Fortunately, there are some good, natural alternatives:
Neem oil was researched by scientists at the Malaria Institute in India. They concluded that Neem oil was superior to repellents containing DEET, and their findings were confirmed by the Journal of the Mosquito Control Association and the National Research Council.
Soy oil repellents were found to be as effective as DEET repellents, according to a New England Journal of Medicine report. Just make sure the soy oil source is at least non-GMO. Organic soy is best.
Catnip oil was found to be considerably more effective than DEET in Iowa Universtiy lab experiments, 10 times more effective. But the testing was not done on mammals.
Citronella and Lavender oils are traditional and acceptable insect repellents. But don’t use their fragrance products. Use the essential oils diluted in water or dilute them in a natural skin
Eucalyptus oil is the subject of controversy on several internet sites advocating natural insect repellents. Some consider Listerine, the mouthwash, to contain enough eucalyptus while others doubt the oil’s content in Listerine to be sufficient.
But there is a lemon-eucalyptus spray on the market that protects against mosquitoes called Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Repellent that has been tested successfully. It lasts longer than low DEET solutions but not as long as high DEET solutions. So spray a little more often.
Many health food stores and herbalists carry at least some of these oils. Concentrated essential oils can be toxic. So dilute them enough to maintain potency while keeping them non-toxic.