Are mosquito repellent pills safer than spray?

The current recommendation is to use a repellent containin8 BEET (Diethyl-meta-toluamide) for the highest level of protection. However, especially with long-term, frequent use, BEET has been shown to cause neurological damage and seizures in children. While BEET has never been proven to cause cancer, it could react with other medications, and concerns have been raised over its toxic effect on the environment. Not to mention that bugspray smell that makes you feel like you’re back at summer camp.
Xerion Dispensary, a homeopathic formulation and manufacturing company based in Calgary, debuted its answer to BEET in April. Mozi-Q is a homeopathic, plant-derived remedy that is taken orally to reduce the frequency and severity of insect bites–everything from mosquitoes, to ticks, black flies, and even head lice. Ever controversial, homeopathy is not the same as naturopathy, and instead works on the principle that likes can be cured by likes, using ultra-diluted substances to prevent and treat illness. Xerion says that also means Mozi-Q is non-toxic, doesn’t react with medications or herbs, and has no side effects.

Are Mosquito Repellent Pills Safer Than Spray?

Mostly, people are happy to have an alternative, says Xerion owner Erin Bosch. She’s not just boasting, either. Mozi-Q is now in 250 stores across Canada, and Xerion plans to release the product in Africa, Australia, and the Caribbean. Mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects carry diseases such as West Nile, malaria, and Dengue Fever. The prevention of these diseases will have huge health benefits worldwide not to mention, less pesticides in the environment.
Like any new product, Mozi-Q comes with both praise and skepticism. If you’re sick of BEET or worried about it making you and the environment sick Mozi-Q is worth a try. Unless you don’t mind a bit of summer camp nostalgia. If you decide to go with Mozi-Q, we’d recommend reading up on homeopathy before shelling out 40 cents a pill.

Regular Repellent Vs. Homeopathic Pill

So what’s the difference between how each works and what’s inside? We compare active ingredients in over-the-counter sprays with those found in their homeopathic, ingestible cousin

Regular repellent

  1. DIETHYL-META-TOLUAMIDE (DEET): Scientists aren’t sure exactly how or why BEET works, but believe it somehow disturbs bugs’ antennae receptors so it’s harder to identify people as food sources. Ingesting BEET can be toxic, causing vomiting, damage to the central nervous system, seizures, and, in extreme cases, death.
  2. P-MENTHANE-3.8-BIOL (PMB): Derived from the oil of a lemon eucalyptus, PMB masks the human cues-such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid-that attract bugs.
  3. SOYBEAN OIL: A plant-based repellent, soybean oil is a safer alternative to BEET; it disguises human scent to keep bugs off.

Homeopathic pill

  1. STAPHYSAGRIA: Toxic but diluted to safe levels for Mozi-Q, this flowering plant has been used to cleanse bowels, stimulate vomiting, and as ointment for stings and bites.
  2. GRINDELIA: Grown in the U.S. and South America, 8rindelia is used for its aerial parts and is often used to treat asthmatic and bronchial conditions because it helps relax muscles.
  3. URTICA URENS: Native to Asia and Europe though now naturalized in most of North America, urtica urens oil is frequently used to treat skin irritations such as hives, rashes, and minor burns.

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