Summer Time

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Along with the fragrant flowers and warmer days comes those bothersome and dangerous ticks, mosquitoes and other pesky insects. That brings up this question.

Are you one of 30%?

Every year, one third of Americans use insect repellents that contain DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) to ward off mosquitoes and other pests.

DEET is a nasty chemical.

Studies have shown that it causes brain cell death and behavioral changes in humans. Exposure causes neurons to die in parts of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration. Yet DEET is used in more than 200 products, home owners and lawn care specialists use to combat the pests of summer.

DEET Don’t’s

Never use DEET on or around infants.

Avoid DEET when taking an antihistamine which is very common this time of year. Serious side effects have been reported when someone taking this medication sprays DEET on himself or herself.

Safe Insecticide for sale at The Center
Several years ago, studies found that lemon eucalyptus may be as effective as DEET. It is a harmless, pleasant smelling herb, safe for children and pets. Other essential oils derived from plants are also beneficial when it comes to warding off mosquitoes and other bugs. Stop in at The Center and choose a repellant that is safe for you, your family and your pets.

Sun Protection

The most natural sun protection comes in the form of clothing i.e. a wide brimmed hat and a long sleeved shirt. There are companies that carry Sun Protective Factor (SPF) rated clothing that is light weight and breathable.

Topical sunscreens (and insect repellants) can contain several ingredients that should be avoided. Common additives include Benzophenone-3, Homosalate Octyl Methoxycinnamate, 4 Methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC), Ocryl-dimethyl-PABA.

None of these ingredients have been classified as safe and effective by the FDA.* PABA causes burning, itching and other allergic reactions in many people. Recent reports link PABA to cellular damage that leads to cancer. Liver toxicity has also been reported. The safest sunscreens contain Zinc oxide as the protectant against UVA and UVB.

At The Center, we search for natural sunscreen products that provide protection against UVA and UVB, are free of chemicals, and include nutrients to keep skin healthy.
These are safe for adults and children alike so you can enjoy your fun in the sun worry free.

SunScreen Rating Website.