Canadian Gov’t Pulling “Citronella” Based Bugs Repellent Off Market; Says “DEET” Is OK?

Canadian Gov't Pulling "Citronella" Based Bugs Repellent Off Market; Says "DEET" Is OK?

Canadian Gov’t Forcing Natural Health Bug Repellent Companies Out of Business

Hey natural health liberty loving Americans living in the USA – Don’t worry about being alone, evidently Canada has an issue with liberties and freedoms being taken away too!  Misery loves company as they say…

In a great article By Sophia Harris, CBC News reports that “Health Canada pulling last of citronella-based bug sprays!”

Here is the lead in from this great article …

Health Canada ban confuses scientists who found citronella ‘basically safe’

Health Canada is pulling the last of citronella-based bug sprays off the shelves by the end of December because of “the absence of adequate safety data.” The essential oil has been used as an insect repellent in Canada for decades.

 The move has left scientists who advised Health Canada on the issue befuddled by the ban. So are many consumers who prefer natural bug sprays over ones with synthetic chemicals like DEET.

“It’s the basis of the ban that I don’t really understand,” says toxicologist Sam Kacew.

Insect repellents are considered pesticides so they must meet strict safety standards. In 2004, Health Canada proposed phasing out citronella-based bug sprays because of new questions about its safety.

Here’s their video included in the article…


The article went on to quote one certified health practitioner who is being put out of business as far as the bug repellent goes.

DIY bug spray

Tracey TieF made and sold a natural bug spray with essential oils including lavender and rosemary for seven years before Health Canada shut her down recently.

The problem was that she hadn’t registered her product and done any safety studies.

“I can’t afford to run my own trial,” says the certified health practitioner. “I feel afraid and I feel sick about it, actually, because for me, this is a passion.”

TieF now puts that passion into teaching others how to make natural bug sprays. In a tiny room at Karma Co-op in Toronto, she passes out bottles, essential oils and recipes. “I’ll teach people until [Health Canada] stops me,” she vows.

Aimee Alabaster says she joined the class because she wants a natural bug spray for her children. “Everything out there for the most part contains DEET, and I don’t want to put DEET on my kids.”

Research has suggested DEET could be harmful to the central nervous system. But Health Canada states on its website that “registered insect repellents containing DEET can be used safely when applied as directed.”

Come 2015, citronella bug sprays won’t be entirely out of reach, you will just have to cross the border. The product will still be available in the U.S.

Here’s a great video CBC News featured on Tracey TieF and her demonstration of how to make your own bug repellent using essential oils…


So let’s get this straight Canada – “DEET” is safe but natural oil citronella isn’t?  This sounds an awful lot like the USA’s FDA.  We’ll file this not only in the Natural Health category but also in the ‘Gov’t Gone Crazy” category as well!

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Please do check out the full article on the CBC News site (link below.)

Video & Article Source: CBC News /


Here’s a related video showing how some folks in Canada called “Canada Awareness” feel about this whole situation…

Video Source: Youtube Channel – canawareness


NOTE: Please see our article on why mosquitoes are attracted to some people and not others as well as important information on the dangers of DEET.



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