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This Natural Bug Repellent Works Better Than Deet

Mosquito Repellent

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  • Products containing picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus worked better than DEET at repelling insects
  • Picaridin resembles the natural compound piperine, an essential oil in black pepper
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus comes from the gum eucalyptus tree, but it is p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD), its synthetic version, that is used as an insect repellent

By Dr. Mercola

Biting insects can put a damper on your summer fun, not to mention potentially transmit diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile Virus. The majority of US adults (75 percent) said they are actually more concerned about such diseases than they are about potentially dangerous chemicals in insect repellent.


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