In most parts of the world, warmer weather is synonymous with connecting with nature – we garden more, go fishing, hiking, camping, swimming and just bask in the sun because it feels hella good. Unfortunately, warmer weather is also synonymous with pesky bugs, and as beneficial as those tiny organisms may be for the ecosystem, their sharp bite is annoying enough to ruin a good time.
Spraying the body with store bought repellents is one of the most conventional ways of deterring bugs, however, the trouble with that anti-remedy is, most of the repellents found on the shelves are formulated with chemicals so harsh that it can negatively alter brain activity, cause birth defects, raise anxiety, insomnia and headaches symptoms and also cause the formation of free radicals. Traditional insect repellents also releases toxic smog into the atmosphere. Therefore, as effective as they may be at shooing away the mosquitoes and ants, we are unknowingly trading in our health and polluting the environment in exchange. Nevertheless, there are more sustainable ways to deter our bug-kin…
3 Natural Ways to Repel Insects – An Iwilla Remedy Bug – Off Review and Giveaway
Wear Long Sleeves:
Wearing long sleeves is one of the most non-invasive ways to deter bugs from stinging and biting. Of course it will be torturous to wear wool or flannel in 90 degree weather, instead, you have to find long sleeves that are breathable and wicks away moisture. Hemp and bamboo are the top two natural summertime fabrics, look for cute long sleeve options and always tuck your pants into your socks.
Drink your Garlic:
There’s something about the antibacterial, anti-fungal, insecticide, detoxing and alkalizing properties of garlic that internally repels bugs. You will still get bitten, but not nearly as much. I have gotten really good at drinking a grated peg of garlic steeped in hot water a few nights a week, however, you can toss a peg into your veggie juice to mask the strong flavor.
Spray on Natural Insect Repellent:
Fortunately for us, nature has provided plant-based ingredients that effectively repels bugs without posing risk to our health and the environment. One such option is Iwilla Remedy All Natural Bug – Off Insect Repellent. They were generous enough to send me a bottle to review. Their natural repellent is formulated with apple cider vinegar, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, cinnamon, peppermint and neem oil – married together, this blend acts as a natural insecticide, antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
The first thing that struck me was the fragrance – it possesses a refreshing, spicy and almost exotic fragrance that is not off-putting or overwhelming to the senses. I love the combination of natural ingredients – not only are they effective at warding of mosquitoes, ants and other such insects, the antibacterial, anti-fungal and cleansing properties that it holds can also help balance the skin’s PH and encourage detox. It sprays on evenly and rubs in nicely without leaving a sticky or oily film behind. I have been using it on myself and my daughter and I absolutely love it. We went berry picking and fishing and my daughter only got bitten once, while I remained bite-free. I resprayed about two hours after first putting it on and we were good to go for the rest of the day. Bug Off is stored in a 2oz glass bottle that is curbside recyclable and travel friendly. In addition to their natural repellents, Iwilla Remedy also offers lip balms, skin creams, body oils and deodorant that are all formulated with natural plant-based ingredients. We proudly add Iwilla Remedy to our Ethical Shopping Guide for their dedication to providing affordable, sustainable alternatives in the sector of body care.
A Little About Iwilla Remedy: Founded by Selima and Tami Lust, Iwilla Remedy started from a desire to live more naturally. Seeing what natural remedies did for their own health and wellness, the pair set out to spread their sustainable goodness with the rest of the world. Iwilla Remedy is a U.S company based out of Brooklyn, New York. You can visit them on their website to learn more, and be sure to follow them on facebook and twitter.
Giveaway: To win one a bottle of Iwilla Remedy Bug – Off, simply complete one, some or all of the entries on the rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is opened to all US residents 18+ and it will run until 8/9. Thank you in advance for entering and good luck.
Disclosure: I was given a complementary sample of the product to facilitate the review, however, the opinions above are my own!