Natural Insect Defense

It’s that time of year again…bug season!  Here in Vermont, we spend months looking at a beautifully stark white landscape and slowly,  the silent, crisp surroundings give way to Spring.  We watch as ice turns to flowing water and hills and meadows erupt into thousands of shades of green.

Our hearts are filled with joy as we watch the land sing with new life. We begin compiling Summer ‘to-do’ lists that are a testament to the overzealous and impractical optimism that comes with longer, warmer days.  It’s as if the extra few hours of daylight and the scent of wildflowers renders us capable of superhuman feats.  And then somewhere along the way, reality takes hold.

Barefoot in the garden and battling the sundown swarms of black flies, mosquitoes and “no see ‘ums”, it dawns on us that real life is not so perfect as that single, static photo on Instagram.  It’s messy and sweaty and full of obstacles, large and small.  And that’s what makes it so darn beautiful.  Acknowledging the difficult parts and finding a way to move through it with grace…well, that seems like the real secret! As the inspirational coffee mugs say, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Our approach to insect deterring products begins with honoring the fundamental importance of all flora and fauna in the web of life.  We are not out to kill insects (or ourselves) and prefer instead to find a way to peacefully coexist with the creepy, crawly, winged wonders.  That’s where our plant allies can come in handy.  The wise and [mostly] immobile plant world has evolved to ingeniously evade predators through the use of sophisticated chemical signaling.  These defensive plant compounds can be concentrated through steam distillation and are available to us human folk in the form of essential oils.

These natural plant essences are the heart of what we do at Way Out Wax.  Whether we are enjoying their aromatherapy benefits or asking them to work hard to keep insects at bay, we are grateful for the diversity and efficacy of Mother Nature’s palette.

So the next time you find yourself doing the fly-swatting dance, we invite you to let geranium, lemongrass, cedarwood and / or thyme join the party.  You’ll smell wonderfully herbaceous and send a message to those pesky insects to find a more appealing feast elsewhere.

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