PRODUCTS USED IN THE MAKING OF BUG PAUSE
I experimented for many years with all kinds of essential oils, herbs and plants and possibly tried every recipe ever given for a natural repellent. I am sorry to say that very few actually worked on me! I figured if it works on me, a total mosquito magnet, then it should work on just about anybody else!
My search for a natural repellent finally came to an end (although I did not initially think so!) when I started experimenting with the neem tree.
Wow! What a learning curve that was! I have spent years making herbal creams, lotions and extracts, but it probably took me another 6 months to perfect the repellent with its main ingredient being neem.
The result was a very effective DEET free and alcohol free repellent called BUG PAUSE, widely used on Bonaire for almost 3 years now. Many thanks to everyone willing to give it a try and feedback! It is now also available in Panama. It has been tested by several people in and around Boquete, including hikers in the Cloud Forest, and it is currently being tested in Bocas del Toro against no-see-ums and mosquitoes with good results so far. I think testing should be done on a much larger scale there and around Chiriqui. I am working on it!
Neem is an evergreen tree found growing naturally in many parts of the world, throughout the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran, North Africa and the tropics.
In the world of Ayurveda, Neem is a popular medicinal herb that has been part of traditional remedies dating back almost 5000 years.
The Neem tree is home to more than 130 different biologically active compounds.
Every part of this tree has medicinal value and all parts of the tree can be used, - the sap, twigs, flowers, leaves, bark, seeds and roots.
In short, Neem is 100% bio-degradable and environmental friendly!
The other products used are –
*coconut oil, to make the neem adhere to the skin
*tea tree oil to assist in the healing of existing bites
*aloe vera for its well-known healing properties, and
*lemongrass essential oil for the pleasant smell!
I am using local sources for the wild harvested Neem, coconut and aloe vera here in Panama. I admit I was totally spoiled on Bonaire concerning the Neem trees, they grew wild and plentiful just about everywhere! A slightly different scenario here! They do not grow in my area, Boquete, but prefer the warmer humid climate of David on the coast. Ah well, a bit more travelling!
What I personally find particularly nice about the repellent is that I do not feel the “stickiness” that is there after application of other repellents. I am sure you know that feeling!
Another personal observation is that sometimes in a hurry I really did not give myself a good covering of repellent. As soon as I realize this I do another application and find I can totally forget about mosquitoes and bugs for hours!