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How do herbal insect repellents work?
The weather is getting warmer and we are spending more and more time outdoors. All mums know how important clean air and the sun are, but mosquitoes and other pests are everywhere and require the use of protective equipment.
Insect repellents come in many forms, including aerosols, sprays, liquids, creams, and sticks, some made with chemicals and others with natural ingredients. Many conventional pest repellents contain DEET or picaridine as active protective ingredients. DEET is a chemical used in repellents, and its composition varies between 10% and 30% in each product, but its use is not recommended for children under 5 years of age, as it can cause serious allergic reactions and can be dangerous. Therefore, in practice, the only alternativesfor child protection are natural products. As experts in the care of the little ones, we at Baby Crema have created natural herbal products and recommend their use. Natural repellents are made on the basis of natural ingredients and protect in a safe way, as they contain pure oils and extracts. In addition to protecting, they smell nice, nourish and refresh the skin.
And which essential oils in the composition of Baby Crema are guaranteed to repel insects?
Lavender essential oil
Although people love the smell of lavender and often use it in theirday to day basis, mosquitoes, flies and other insects do not tolerate it and run away. Linalool is the molecule isolated in lavender essential oil, to which it owes its insecticidal and antiparasitic action. Another added benefit of the oil is that it has a calming, analgesic effect and can be applied even after a bite, to relieve itching and irritation.
Eucalyptus essential oil effectively suffocates, dehydrates and destroys the chitinous shell of insects. It is very effective, but it is poisonous and care must be taken not to swallow it in large quantities.
The scent of lemongrass is another proven product that keeps away annoying insects . Popularly known as citronella, lemongrass oil has long been registered in the European Union as a plant repellent and acts strongly and effectively as a chemical.
Peppermint oil also acts as a powerful mosquito repellent. Data collected from 2000 studiesprove that the active molecule in mint, p-menthane -3,8-diol, is safe for topical application, but effective against insects.
The natural herbal spraysfrom Baby Crema contain a combination of the listed oils for even more effective action and care of the most gentle and natural way to protect the skin. The essential oils included in their composition have a repellent and neuro-paralytic effect on insects without harming humans and mammals. But they have one drawback - they evaporate quickly, so spray often, protect your eyes and mouth and do not treat wounds with them! It is known that tosome individuals, essential oils can also cause allergies, so for added safety, treat a small area of the child's skin first. If there is no reaction, you can safely proceed, according to the instructions for use of the label.