Natural Insect Repellents

Ditch insect repellents with chemicals and opt for these natural solutions.

Natural Insect Repellents

Don’t let relaxing evenings outside get deterred by swatting off mosquitos and itching bites this year — use an insect repellent! While they do contain chemicals that help repel pesky bugs like mosquitos, you might not be comfortable spraying chemicals all over your body. Try one of these natural solutions, instead.

Watch: How to Repel Mosquitos


Essential Oil Mixture

Essential oils such as neem oil and lemon eucalyptus oil have properties that can repel pesky mosquitos. Make this natural repellent from Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary to protect your skin without using harsh chemicals (and with the added bonus of moisturizing your skin).

Watch: How to Repel Mosquitos

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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