Hey friends! We want to be able to enjoy all those fun summer outdoor activities without having to worry about those nasty pests and the many diseases they carry! But how do we keep our families safe without exposing them to even more harmful toxins? I'm answering those questions and more in today's episode of Hidden Toxins!
We covered why it's important to protect ourselves from bugs, and what ingredients we want to avoid and look for! But how about the best way to apply bug repellent and other things we can do to protect ourselves and our family?
I found many helpful articles from www.ewg.org, like this one:
What to do before you grab the repellent
Give bugs a smaller target. Cover up with light-colored clothing. In areas with a lot of bugs, wear long-sleeve shirts with high collars and bandanas. When walking in tall grass or brush, tuck pants into socks to keep ticks and chiggers off your body. Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas, and place nets over strollers and baby carriers. If your kids are going to camp, send them with mosquito netting for their bunks.
Get rid of mosquito breeding grounds. Drain standing water around your home. If you live in a place with a high tick concentration, make a wood chip barrier between your yard and wooded areas, mow the lawn, clean up brush regularly and follow the CDC’s guidelines for reducing your yard’s tick population.
Know your enemy. If you are in a place that presents few risks for pest-borne diseases and you don’t mind getting a few bug bites, your choice of repellent may not be that critical. On the other hand, if you need to protect yourself from Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Zika or other serious mosquito- and tick-transmitted diseases, your repellent and other preventive actions are serious decisions. It is vital that you research the common pest-borne diseases in your area – or where you are headed – so that you can match your choices to your risks.
Toxic or Ineffective Repellent Options
They are ineffective and expensive, may attract more mosquitos to the area and may kill beneficial bugs.
Drain standing water, check window screens and stay indoors when insects swarm. Use repellent as needed on exposed skin.
Yard bug treatments
They don’t provide lasting protection, require more pesticides than skin repellents
Clip-on repellents, Insecticide fans
They pose inhalation hazards, and the ingredients metofluthrin and allethrin are more toxic than skin products.
Ceiling or standing fans can keep mosquitoes from landing on people.
They pose inhalation hazards, and are less effective than skin or clothing treatments.
Cover up with light-colored clothes. Use repellent as needed on exposed skin.
What is the best way to apply bug repellent?
- If it is a spray or aerosol, apply to hands and then apply on exposed skin.
- Avoid eyes, nose and mouth
- Wash hands with soap and water after applying
- Apply every 5-6 hours, depending on what product you use. And apply more often if swimming or excessive sweating!
Here is a favorite homemade recipe I love:
Homemade Bug Spray
- ½ cup witch hazel.
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar.
- 40 drops essential oils (eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella, tea tree or rosemary-I use equal drops of each)
- 5 drops of blue cypress essential oil
- one 8 ounce glass spray bottle.
And as promised, here are the 11 foods that can repel bugs!! If you want to read more on each food and why it is helpful, make sure to follow this link HERE!
11 Things You Can Eat to Repel Bugs
- MARMITE & VEGEMITE
- APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (So many other health benefits of drinking this every day!!!)
- CITRUS FRUITS
- HOT PEPPERS
- BEANS & LEGUMES
- ALCOHOL (Say what???)
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You know, we get to control most of the toxins we are exposed to within the four walls of our homes, but what about when we travel? Unfortunately, our exposure is increased. In today's episode, we're covering how to minimize that exposure with my favorite things to do when I travel!!
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In today's episode, we'll take a look at what those SPF numbers mean, how we're really supposed to be applying sunscreen and what ingredients we want to avoid.
One of the biggest myths about sunscreen is the higher the number, the more powerful the protection, right? But in reality, the protection is not proportional to the numbers.
Let's take a look at how mineral sunscreens work. They sit on top of the skin and bounce the sun off, without a chemical reaction and without creating the warmth. Mineral sunscreens include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Years ago, mineral sunscreens were white on the skin but today's modern versions have been "micro sized" with technology so that the mineral particles are so small that it's hard for your eye to see them on your skin. They don't pass into your skin (safer option) and they don't readily break down when they block the sun so their protection lasts longer on your skin (yay!!).
There are great mineral based sunscreens out on the market. I encourage you to look for ones with NO nanoparticles and protection against the UVA and UVB rays. A definite no on the ingredient list is oxybenzone. One resource I love to use is the website of The Environmental Working Group. It's: www.EWG.org. They have lots of great articles and a FREE app you can download on your phone to check the safety of the products you use in your home.
There was just a recent article published with the 14 most dangerous sunscreens that I'm listing below. Note that these are targeted for our children!! The number in paranthesis is the rating on a scale from 1-10 of toxicity with 10 being the highest score.
- Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100 (10)
- Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100 (10)
- Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70 (7)
- Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray Kids, SPF 70 (7)
- Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70 (7)
- Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Water Babies, SPF 70+ (7)
- Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Kids, SPF 55 (7)
- Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Water Babies, SPF 55 (7)
- Coppertone Sunscreen Water Babies Foaming Lotion, SPF 70 (7)
- CVS Health Children’s Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55 (7)
- Equate Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70 (7)
- Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+ (10)
- Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+ (7)
- Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Sticks, SPF 55 (7)
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You know, we all are doing our best to live a healthy lifestyle, making better food choices, getting plenty of exercise. But have we considered what we put ON our bodies as part of that healthy lifestyle? You'd be amazed at how many women I talk to every single day that have no idea how many toxins are hidden in their every day products.
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