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Any herbalist will tell you that many of our "weeds" can be our friends. Protecting yourself or your children against annoying insects doesn't have to mean using a product with a warning label.

DEET, also known as diethyl-meta-toluamide, is very common in commercial bug repellent sprays, but research tells us that its use can have detrimental effects on brain cells and can interact with some medications. Anything put onto our skin is absorbed into the body, not something you want for yourself or your loved ones. Try a natural mosquito and fly repellent instead.

Plantain, yarrow and comfrey are the chosen plants for this deet free herbal infusion insect bite treatment and deterrent.
Plantain is a commonly seen weed and amazingly efficient at neutralizing the sting of bugs and bees. It has astringent, soothing, antimicrobial properties that make it a beneficial addition to this mix.
Yarrow is usually associated with the story of Achilles' using it to stop the bleeding wounds of his soldiers in battle. Its astringent, antiseptic and analgesic properties add up to it being a first aid kit in one plant.
Another wonderful healer is comfrey, a large fuzzy garden herb. Rich in chlorophyll, minerals and mucilage the leaves are an ally for cooling and soothing irritated skin.

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.

Herbal Vinegar Insect Bite Treatment and Deterrent Body Spray is ideal for people who are seeking an organic, herbal product but would rather avoid the concentration of essential oils. We're relying solely on the strength of the herbs themselves.

Comfrey and Yarrow may be on the "avoid" list during pregnancy therefore check with your physician. An alternative for pregnant women would be:
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Spray exposed skin 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.

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. Depending on the type of dog or cat, you may find it best to dilute it first with water. Being dogs have such a keen sense of smell, straight vinegar may be too unappealing for some. Also, depending on the thickness of your dog's fur, the amount that actually touches the skin will vary, and direct contact for some dogs may be drying for the skin.
If you prefer it diluted and you buy the 4 oz. size I'll dilute it with distilled water and send it in the 8 oz. size bottle. If you prefer it diluted and buy the 8 oz. size I'll dilute it and send it in a 16 oz. size bottle. Just let me know at checkout through the message box.
Avoid getting the spray into your pet's eyes.

Herbal Vinegar Insect Bite Treatment and Deterrent Body Spray comes in either a 4 oz. or 8 oz plastic spray bottle.
You choose at checkout.

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Insect, Bug Bite, Flea Deterrent Herbal Vinegar Body Spray, Children, Pets

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: apple cider vinegar, yarrow, plantain, comfrey
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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