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Beat the Bugs!

By Mara Fleishman, June 23, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Mara Fleishman
Beat the BugsAre you the outdoors fan who's loved just a little bit too much by the bugs? Fortunately, there are effective natural products such as essential oils, vitamins, and homeopathy to make your skin less tasty to the critters. Malia Curran, MS, MPH, is a nutrition and health consultant. For a summary of this and our other summer podcasts, click here!




Bill B says ...
You can use insect shield with all natural pyrithrines from Sloggers great hats and bandannas. Keep the sun out and the bugs away
06/23/2009 1:08:30 PM CDT
Jessica says ...
Burt's bees have an awesome insect repellent that smells good and doesn't leave you feeling sticky.
06/23/2009 1:34:16 PM CDT
kitty says ...
video posts are completely worthless to me, as I have neither the time nor inclination to watch them at any point in my busy day. written transcripts or comprehensive summaries would help immensely.
06/23/2009 4:08:46 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Hi Kitty, We understand that not everyone has time to listen to the podcasts, so we provide a summary for all of our Be Good to Your Whole Body audio podcasts. And yes - our mistake, we forgot to include the link with these! I'll remedy that ASAP. The one for this series is available here: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/be-good-to-your-whole-body-summer-needs/ Thanks!
06/23/2009 6:04:22 PM CDT
Tina says ...
Sorry but do NOT use Sloggers insect shield clothing. It uses the man-made chemical Permethrin which is is on the EPA's list of possible human carcinogens. Go with an herbal insect repellent. Chemicals like that are too unpredictable to be safe.
06/25/2009 1:32:57 PM CDT
Bob says ...
Swerve is an all natural DEET-free insect repellent that's approved by the EPA and patented. It works and smells great, better than Burt's which smells like a citronella candle. It's been available in Chicago suburban farmers markets and the folks selling it are totally cool and enthusiastic about their invention. It's called Swerve. You can buy it direct online from organnica.net or on Amazon. I know they are trying to get submitted to Whole Foods for next season. It's safe to use on pets too. Keeps the gnats out of their eyes. My family swears by it. I agree, anything to keep DEET off my kids me and my pets.
05/23/2012 11:49:38 AM CDT
Ina says ...
Do you carry citronella candles?
07/21/2015 2:21:00 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@INA - Some of our stores will but the options can differ. Check with your local store directly to see what they have in stock!
07/22/2015 4:23:42 PM CDT