The American college of Rheumatoid arthritis recently published a paper citing that women exposed to insecticides had twice the chance of developing lupus and rheumatoid arthritis as those who were not exposed.
It is Summer and a time to think about the unnecessary exposure to insecticides, pesticides and other dangerous toxins. Personally I take precautions to prevent contact for me and my family. Having grown up in Australia my mother taught me how to combat those pesky mosquitoes and flies which only an Aussie can vouch for as being the largest, fattest and nastiest in the world! I combine a few different insect-repelling natural oils. I typically make a large batch in March which lasts me throughout the Summer and into the Fall.
For a spray I use an inexpensive alcohol called Everclear or Vodka! and for the skin rub I use Sweet Almond Oil mixed with 100% pure Aloe Vera Gel, as an alternative carrier. My favorite oils are Cinnamon Oil (for mosquitoes), Eucalyptus Oil and Geranium Oil (for mosquitoes, ticks and lice), Citronella (for mosquitoes and biting flies), Orange Oil (for fleas).
To make your pesticides mix 1 part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil or alcohol. Keep in a dark colored bottle away from sun and heat and apply every couple of hours.
For a smaller batch use 25 drops of essential oils with 2 tablespoons of carrier oil or alcohol. Be careful to keep your rub or spray away from your eyes and mouth.