All-Natural Plant-Based Bug Repellents Help You and the Planet

It’s that time of year when the sun is out longer and we get to spend more time connecting with nature, friends and family. But now is also the time that bugs flourish and can disrupt your summer by buzzing, biting, stinging and being downright mischievous.

It’s more important than ever to protect yourself and your loved ones from ticks, wasps, flies, mosquitoes and other outdoor culprits. While there are many anti-bug products that contain DEET or other potentially harmful chemicals, studies from organizations like the National Pesticide Information Center report that people who have used “DEET products on their skin for extended periods of time have experienced irritation, redness, a rash, and swelling." 

Why bother with such chemical-related risks when today’s plant-based essential oils have demonstrated effective protection without the use of chemicals? Products like Bug Magic from JourneyGuard, Inc. actually leave you smelling like you just stepped out of the day spa. They use tea tree, peppermint, and cedarwood oils as their active ingredients plus a mixture of salts from hardwoods, and natural acids from olives, grapes, soybeans, palm, and corn as stabilizers. So how do the active ingredients in Bug Magic work to prevent bugs, bug bites, and persistent buzzing?

According to a Cornell University Study, peppermint "is effective at controlling mites, mosquitos, and other pests," and a New York State Integrated Pest Management Program and Cornell study states that cedarwood essential oil is “an effective fungicide, molluscicide and insect repellent—often against mosquitoes and moths.” Finally, a study by researchers at the Universiti Malaysia Perlis and Xiamen University demonstrated that “tea tree oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and insect repellent properties.”

What makes Bug Magic so special?  Well, besides supporting the planting of trees worldwide through their partnership with, the folks at JourneyGuard found a way to super-concentrate their all-natural plant-based product.  What this means to you is you can mix a tiny 3 ounce packet of Bug Magic Super-Concentrate with your own water and simply re-use your sprayer over and over again.  While this may seem like a trivial efficiency in our world, how many sprayers are unnecessarily discarded into the landfills every day?  How much water weight is being unnecessarily moved around at great financial expense and environmental detriment?  By just adding your own water, you can do your part to help save hundreds of thousands of pounds of unnecessary CO2 emissions every year. And think of all the space you’re saving – an 8-pack the size a beer mug makes two gallons of bug spray.  All of these benefits are better for you, your pocketbook, and our planet.

When it comes to protecting yourself from mosquitoes, flies, ticks, hornets and other types of pesky bugs, Bug Magic is a product that you can trust. It smells good, feels great, and protects our planet. Keep your body and Mother Earth happier, and safer today.