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Bug Spray, Arthritis and Lupus

You guys are gonna love this… just kidding. But it’s more testimony for the case of going natural and dumping all these chemicals! Especially bug sprays and other deadly poisons. It seems that research that was done in Philadelphia is suggesting a link between women’s exposure to household insecticides (including roach and mosquito killers) and the autoimmune disorders rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Do you realize how many women have these diseases? It’s unnatural. And that previous research hinted at a link between agricultural pesticides and a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. I think it’s time to take this information seriously. Lupus and RA are nothing to take lightly; in general, autoimmune diseases are diseases where the immune system goes haywire and begins to attack the body. And to ice the cake, it was also shown that farmers are a high risk group for these diseases and the reason now seems to be bug killers. Ugh.

Women in the study who reported use of insecticides presented a higher risk of developing the two autoimmune disorders than women who reported no insecticide use, whether or not they had lived on a farm. Those who used the insecticide the most often and most frequently had double the risk! Are you using this stuff? Do you want to develop RA? I know people who have this and, take my word for it, you don’t! But I guess the powers that be just don’t care about any of this; after all, the people who make the bug spray make a lot of the OTC meds that are used to treat the pain. Bayer comes to mind. They make insecticides and herbacides and also make the aspirin you’re taking to treat your arthritis. So many drug companies today have merged with larger corporate interests so that many different product lines are mixed and this mix can cause conflicts of interest. So it’s up to you to investigate and find out who’s who in the zoo.

This involves reading the lables and taking precautions to limit your own exposure to dangerous chemicals. Epidemiologists are saying that this should include products you’ve taken in the past and even those you know are no longer available. Especially if that product has since been implicated in health issues or larger crises. Keep your ear to the ground about whatever chemicals you currently use or feel you cannot give up. If you hear anything at all about possible health risks, have yourself assessed as soon as possible. It is true that more research is needed to nail down the direct link between insecticides and autoimmune disease. In this case, the researchers examined data from a previous study of almost 77,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79. Even if you do not meet this criteria, care should be taken when deciding to use deadly poisons or toxic chemicals. In general, the insecticides implicated in the study include insect killers, such as those designed to eradicate ants, wasps, termites, mosquitoes and roaches. This is the stuff that will actually kill the bugs. The study didn’t include insect repellents or skin rubs for mosquitoes, flies or fleas.

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Spring Project: Keeping the Bugs Out

Although not everybody is worried about being kind to insects almost everyone is worried about the dangerous poisons in the insecticides they use to get rid of the things. Either way, whether it’s compassion or fear, most of us have an interest in a safer, kinder, less toxic method of ridding ourselves of pests. I, for one, have had problems with how to handle bugs for a very long time. In some cases, I feel horrible about the insect (such as bees, wasps and other flying winged creatures like moths as well as some crawling insects that aren’t too ugly) and just can’t bring myself to kill it. Other, uglier and nastier, bugs like cockroaches and beetles make a big splat mess when killed and I despise the smell as well as I am allergic to their debris. So I hate stomping on them. I end up chasing most bugs around with a towel trying to trap them and toss them outside.

But I have had infestations in some of the rentals I have moved into. And these are nice places. They are just infested with bugs. Our previous unit had an explosion in roaches, German Cockroaches, which were nigh impossible to rid of. I spent tons of cash on special poisons like MaxForce and Raid Pro just to watch them step over the gel and continue raiding my kitchen. I ended up killing as many as twenty at a time with a fly swatter. And then push came to shove, we moved. I was successful at leaving the monsters behind after many hours of careful packing and unpacking only to have a flea infestation outbreak in the new digs. OMG, I spent endless hours trying to kill those things! I now have it under control but only after a litany of poisons, fogs and sprays where I can to empty my room, ban the pets, leave it on for hours and hours and then vacuum repeatedly and move everything back in. After exhausting rows with many a poison I still had fleas all over me. The only thing that finally worked was a natural miracle, Diatomaceous Earth. I have left the stuff in my carpets to this day and nary a flea!

Anyways, as you can see I have some experience with bugs. I think we all have. You don’t have to live in the slums to have roaches walking on your table. And once they arrive and move in, they are hard to evict. What has always amazed me is that the final solution, the one that really worked in most cases, was a natural, safe, non toxic one. So don’t believe the hype of the chemical manufacturers that you have to use deadly poisons. It just isn’t true. In the case of fleas, I highly recommend Diatomaceous Earth. Sprinkle it on and leave it. It takes a few days but they will be gone… I can promise you. I had a million and now there are none. And the same is true of other pest control. You can do it with natural and non toxic elements such as the Fossil Shell Flour I used. But the very best way is to ward them off to begin with which should be done all the time even if you do not see a bug yet. By practicing good, safe and non toxic repellent methods you can be sure you will not have bugs to begin with.

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The Use of Herbs as Insecticides

Recipes Included!

Many plants produce natural insect repellants as a part of their defense systems and some of these are widely used in prepared powders and liquids in the garden and the home. Derris, commercially known as Rotenone, is a popular organic insecticide extracted from the powdered roots of a Malaysian shrub plant often referred to as “Tuba”.

In the garden, herbs like Tansy, Rue and Pennyroyal are grown near other plants to deter pests. Many plants have been found to repel Whiteflies and other pests in the Greenhouse. And scientific experiments have proven that some herbs and flowering plants emit volatile chemicals into the air and provide protection from insect attack. Some of these have proven to be toxic to Mosquitos that carry Malaria and Yellow Fever and have been used successfully in ravaged third world countries. It is currently hoped that new generations of insecticides and deterrents can be developed from Herbs.

One of the most successful has been the use of Pyrethrum, a single-flowered Chrysanthemum. Nontoxic to mammals and animals but deterrent to all insects, Pyrethrum is the most useful plant in insecticide making. A simple use is to sprinkle dried, powdered flowers anywhere bugs may light. It will chase off bedbugs, cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes, aphids, spider mites and ants. It can be used on plants in the garden and in the bedding in the home. It is safe for use in kitchens and pantries.



The active ingredients in Pyrethrum are not water soluble. To make a spray for home use, steep 4oz of Pyrethrum powder in 1/4 cup of Denatured Alcohol and then dilute with 13 gallons of water. Always apply to outdoor plants at dusk and not in the morning, to be sure not to kill Ladybugs, Butterflies and Bees. In the home, use where you like but don’t overdo it. Be careful around Aquariums, as it will kill Toads, Frogs and Fish.
Garlic is another natural repellent for many insects. Used in the garden, it will chase off Aphids and Whiteflies. Used in the kitchen, it will deter Ants. Among Herbs, the mighty ones include Wormwood, Rue, Hyssop, Savory and Santolina. Strew dried herbs anywhere you wish to deter insects. In closets, on shelves, in pantries, among clothing, under cabinets, in basements and attics. Placing dried sprigs of Southernwood or Costmary under carpets will deter Beetles and Moths. Hanging branches of Elderleaves in the kitchen will deter Flies. Lavender and Rosemary also have insecticidal qualities and have been popular since the middle ages.
In the spirit of helping people obtain and make use of safer, easier and cheaper methods of eliminating pests, both in the home and garden, I will include some age old recipes for herb based insecticides. All you need is a good source of Herbs and some crafting skills. Let’s start with some of the most common recipes:



17TH CENTURY HERB SACHETS

THIS WAS USED BY QUEEN ISABELLA OF SPAIN:
4 PARTS DRIED, CRUSHED ROSE PETALS
3 PARTS DRIED CLOVE CARNATION PETALS
2 PARTS POWDERED ORRIS ROOT
2 PARTS POWDERED CORIANDER SEED
1 PART POWDERED SWEET FLAG
1/2 PART POWDERED GUM BENZOIN

INSTRUCTIONS:
Mix all together and use in any of these ways: Strew on floors, carpeting, linens or bedding; make up into cloth bags and stuff into drawers or closets; make up into drawstring bags and dangle from hangers in closets, bedrooms or dressing rooms; put into dishes and slide onto shelves in cabinets or pantries; stuff into old nylons and place under couch cushions, mattresses or lounge chairs.

A COMMONLY USED MIXTURE FROM THE 17TH CENTURY:
24 PARTS POWDERED ORRIS ROOT
8 PARTS POWDERED SWEET FLAG
6 PARTS POWDERED ROSEWOOD
5 PARTS POWDERED GUM BENZOIN
1 PART POWDERED CINNAMON
1/2 PART POWDERED CLOVES

NOTE: THIS RECIPE WAS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK “THE TOILET OF FLORA” WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED IN 1775. A GUIDEBOOK FOR TOILETRY AT THE TIME.

Make up this mixture and use in various ways: Strew under bathroom carpets or behind toilets; stuff into cloth bags and tuck away in bathroom cabinets or linen closets. This mixture smells good enough to be put right out in the Living Room like Potpourri. It is especially good at repelling insects like waterbugs, cockroaches and spiders. It should be used in quiet, dark, damp places to be the most effective although it does smell good enough to be left out to deter ants and flies in the Kitchen and Living Room of the house.



TANSY INSECT REPELLENT AND FLY DETERRANT

3 PARTS DRIED, CRUSHED TANSY
3 PARTS DRIED, CRUSHED WORMWOOD
3 PARTS DRIED, CRUSHED COSTMARY

This is an excellent, scented mixture that can be used in various ways both on the body and around the home. The dried herbs can be mixed into a bottle of Witch Hazel and Glycerin and left in a window for a week to warm up. After the bottle was warmed for a week, you can shake it and then apply it directly to the body. It will smell like a rub or a medicine but it will keep the bugs off.

Around the house, you can strew it under rugs or cushions; put it in jar lids or coasters and leave it out on countertops; hang it in cloth bags over doors or by windows. It is most effective at deterring flying insetions, so aim to use it to ward off flies, wasps or mosquitoes.

This mix is especially useful in the kitch to deter flies or around an outside table when dining and being bothered by mosquitoes and other flying bugs.



“ROACH AWAY” LEMON SACHET FOR HOUSEHOLD USE

BEING MAKING THIS, PLEASE NOTE: This mixture is VERY PUNGENT. You will smell it strongly wherever you put it! It be a Lemon-Pepperment smell that is not offensive. However, it is very pungent as a strong mixture is needed to deter roaches. These bugs resist almost everything, even poisons they can become immune to. But this mix is strong and offensive to them and will make them scatter and leave.
MIXTURE:

4 PARTS DRIED, CRUSHED LEMON VERBENA
4 PARTS DRIED LAVENDER
4 PARTS DRIED, CRUSHED SCENTED GERANIUM LEAVES
1 PART DRIED, CRUSHED PEPPERMINT

Mix all the ingredients together well. The crushed leaves will be extremely pungent at first. Place on trays, coasters, pieces of cardboard or paper plates and put this under sinks, behind toilets, inside cabinets, near the stove or under it, anyplace where roach bugs hang out. Putting this mix directly under appliances near the front or rear entrance is a very good spot. Pantries or cabinets where food is spilled, left open or otherwise accessible are also good places. Put the tray way in the back of cabinets where the mix could be tipped or spilled. too much scattering or spilling of this mix will eventually dim the scent, and therefor its effectiveness. Also, roaches tend to lurk in the back and dark areas most of the time and often go unseen.

MOSQUITO REPELLENT FOR SKIN

NOTE: THIS IS STRONG SMELLING AND OILY BUT IT WORKS!!

MIXTURE:

1 TSP ESSENTIAL OIL OF PENNYROYAL
1 TSP ESSENTIAL OIL OF CITRONELLA
1 TSP ESSENTIAL OIL OF EUCALYPTUS
1 TSP ESSENTIAL OIL OF ROSEMARY
1 TSP ESSENTIAL OIL OF TANSY
1 CUP VEGETABLE, ALMOND OR COCONUT OIL

Put all of these ingredients into a bottle with a stopper or lid. Shake it up really good and store it away from light. It is preferable it be kept in a blue or dark brown bottle. Light will destroy it rapidly.
To repel pests, rub a small amount between the palms of your hands and apply lightly to exposed skin. This is strong smelling so YOU DO NOT NEED A LOT!
AVOID applications to the face to prevent contact with the eyes. Reapply as necessary.
NOTE: IF A RASH DEVELOPS, DISCONTINUE USE IMMEDIATELY.
This oil can also be put in a Kerosene Lantern and burned. The scent will chase off Mosquitoes and Moths.

HERBAL FLEA DIP FOR PETS

THIS WILL WORK FOR BOTH DOGS AND CATS. EVEN HAMSTERS!!

MIXTURE:

2 CUPS PACKED, FRESH PEPPERMINT, PENNYROYAL OR ROSEMARY
1 QUART OF BOILING WATER
4 QUARTS OF WARM WATER

Put the herbs in a 2-quart saucepan. Pour over with boiling water and allow it to steep for over 30 minutes. When the infusion has warmed and water smells strongly, strain the herbs out of the liquid through a cloth or wire strainer.
Now, dilute the water with 4 quarts of warm water. Saturate the animals coat with this herbal water thoroughly so that the fur is totally soaked. DO NOT RUB THE ANIMAL WITH A TOWEL. Allow your pet to shake this off and air dry naturally.

USE THIS AT THE FIRST SIGN OF FLEAS!

Now these are some great recipes you can get right into! They are easy and fairly inexpensive to make and they are safe and environmentally balanced. I will have more of these in future posts, so keep you eyes on my site!

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