I used to live near the bay here in Olympia, Washington State. Every summer, the tidal grasslands would be full of mosquitoes so... taking a walk or spending time outdoors mowing or playing was a miserable biting experience. Then I married a man from the Caribbean and each time we went to visit his family I was swarmed by mosquitoes and what the locals call "noseeums". The resulting hives and all night scratching was miserable. I found that Benadryl Gel was the best remedy but the conundrum was.... how to stop them being attracted to me in the first place? They don't go near my husband! The locals say that the bugs prefer fresh new blood!
As an Ovarian Cancer survivor who has worked with chemicals in my former adult life, I don't want to put anything else toxic in or on my body. I began to research and test various organic only formulas. Two years ago, we went again to visit our Caribbean family. We had other family members come to visit while we were there. The mosquitoes were very busy trying to bite and suck all this "new blood" but with excitement .... we were armed with my newest concoction.
The result was, not one person had a bite when using it!!!
Not one bite!
Since then, we have asked friends and family, who live in or visit other mosquito havens in the world, to test No More Bites On Me. The reports of results all determined that there had not been any bites. Even in the Amazon Jungle!
So I went into business.
I joined the American Mosquito Control Association and learned from their latest research, which Organic compounds work the best. I have included that into the recipe. I learned a lot of things from them about mosquitoes including that only the female mosquito bites in order to get the blood so that they are able to produce eggs. Check out the blogs below to learn more.
The news is pretty disturbing as the mosquito and tick populations of the world advance further north due to the warming climate of the earth, especially those varieties of mosquito and ticks that carry and spread disease. Following are a couple of articles from the Association's publication that duplicates these articles in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Extracts and links to the full articles are included, if you care to read.
What is already known about this topic? Haemaphysalis longicornis is a tick indigenous to Asia, where it is an important vector of human and animal disease agents, which can result in human hemorrhagic fever and substantive reduction in dairy production.
During 2017–2018, H. longicornis has been detected in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia on various species of domestic animals and wildlife, and from two humans.
The presence of H. longicornis in the United States represents a new and emerging disease threat. Characterization of the tick’s biology and ecology are needed, and surveillance efforts should include testing for potential indigenous and exotic pathogens.
Combatting the Increasing Threat of Vector-Borne Disease in the United States with a National Vector-Borne Disease Prevention and Control System is needed.
As a member of The American Mosquito Control Association, I see that in the most recent newsletter, the AMCA has published their own research results of the most effective mosquito control Agents. Organic Lemon Eucalyptus that is now in our repellent product of NO MORE BITES ON ME was top recommendation for Organic deterrents.
As a result, we have included Organic Lemon-Eucalyptus Oil into the NO MORE BITES ON ME product and removed the organic Eucalyptus oil. There is a big difference in effectiveness. Some other formula changes will allow our product to remain effective on the skin for a longer period of time, up to seven hours.
Eucalyptus Lemon is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the "Lemon- Eucalyptus (Citrodora), an an actual tree that is native to Australia, Vietnam, and Madagascar, but it is also grown in India, South Africa, Guatemala, Egypt, Colombia, Indonesia, and Albania.
The Eucalyptus Citriodora tree has smooth, pale, uniform, slightly mottled bark, which is white to coppery in the summer. It has a conspicuously narrow-leaved crown which smells strongly of lemons. The strong lemon and mint scent makes it one of the more revered oils in the Eucalyptus Essential Oil family.
The AMCA research states that Lemon-Eucalyptus is the most effective natural, non chemical agent. We are now incorporating this Organic Lemon-Eucalyptus oil into our product. You can be confident that our formula ingredients are always sourced USDA Certified Organic.
Here is to No More Bites on You!
I think it important explain something here.
We all learned in school that OIL and WATER don't mix. Right?
There is oil in NO MORE BITES ON ME and there are also other ingredients that are water based, such as the aloe, witch hazel and vinegar.... not that we put any water at all in our product. Other manufacturers do.
Directions on the label say "SHAKE WELL and OFTEN".
Shake well before use and then shake again as you spray it on your skin. Best to shake it well as you move to each different area of your body. Then spread it around evenly with a hand. If you do this you will not get bitten.
When I was creating No MORE BITES ON ME I tried adding an emulsifier. The result was that the product became thicker and did not spray well. So I left emulsifiers out.
The new and improved formula lasts for up to seven hours now, unless you have been swimming or sweating a lot.
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Did you know?
Did you know that in tropical and subtropical regions, diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika are serious threats contracted from mosquito bites? Did you know that due to warmer climates, those same mosquitoes are migrating further and further north?
Mosquitoes come out most at dawn and dusk. When you go out in the morning or evening use NO MORE BITES ON ME organic repellent to protect yourself. Mosquitoes and those pesky No-see-ums (aptly named because they are so tiny and difficult to see) hide under tables, in bushes and plants. They like to hide in bathrooms too and can even bite through thin clothing.
What you can do…
Keeping windows and doors closed at dusk and dawn will greatly minimize the number of bugs that are waiting to make a meal out of you in your home during the night. Those are the times when they are most prevalent. Mosquitoes like to hang our in bathrooms where it is usually nice and damp!
Standing or stagnant waters are great breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Minimize your mosquito population by clearing excess water from your patio or yard. For example, planters that hold water in the tray under the pots for any period of time are prime mosquito targets for breeding. Also any standing water puddles from rain, ponds and swampy places will attract mosquitoes.
If you have a fountain consider putting a layer of cooking oil on the surface of the water to stop mosquito larvae from growing. The oil remains on the surface and will not damage your water pump. Pretty soon you may find that you don't need NO MORE BITES ON ME quite as often. To see if you have mosquito larvae, look into the water and see if there are tiny wiggling things that look like worms. They may be attached to the surface which is where they breathe, or just swimming about.
Hi...I am Gwen Sowray, the principal lotion and potion creator at https://AlltheEssentials.net™.
and at the new website:www.GwensSkinOrganics.com
I am a 73 yr old creative woman with a passionate interest in only using healthy, Non Toxic and Organic ingredients and foods in and on my body, and I implement this principle in all the products that I create.
I am a four time, 12 year, Ovarian Cancer survivor (to date) fighting for a reason and a cure. Allergies run in my family, especially on skin and in foods and medications, so I also want to avoid those if at all possible.
Creativity is where I am at my happiest.
When I create a new skin product, I ask my friends and family to test it first because I know that I will get honest feedback!
Here I am at home with our cat Violet and a celebratory glass of bubbly,
(Violet doesn't like bubbly but the bubbles fascinate her).