Our Main Ingredients
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree, but do not confuse the tea tree with the unrelated tea plant that is used to make black and green tea!
Tea tree oil is once of the greatest antifungal and antiseptic agents on the planet and kills many bugs and fungi on contact.
The name was coined by British explorer Lieutenant James Cook in the 1770s, when he saw native Australians brewing tea using the leaves from the tree. Later on, he brewed his own batch of tea, and gave it to his crew to prevent scurvy.
The tea tree plant is highly prized by primitive Australian communities for its unique healing ability. According to the University of Sydney, numerous aboriginal communities along the east coast of Australia crush the tea tree leaves and apply it to cuts, burns, and infections.
In addition, the strong smell of tea tree oil naturally repels bugs. For this reason, we use tea tree oil in Get! Out! Bugs formulations to not only deal with existing bugs, but also to warn new bugs to stay away!
Borax is the common name for sodium tetraborate: a naturally occurring substance produced by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes.
Borax was first discovered in dry lake beds in Tibet. Explorer Marco Polo brought borax back with him from Mongolia, where it was used for centuries in the manufacturing of porcelain.
Most Borax comes from outside of Boron, California where one of the world’s largest deposits was discovered in 1913.
In the Get! Out! Bugs kit, we use borax in our formulations as it is an incredible bug fighter, due to its property whereby bugs eat the borax and then die. Borax is for this reason highly effective when put into a bath. The bugs are forced to ingest borax-filled water and then die.
Diatomaceous earth consists of the fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled marine phytoplankton.
When magnified, Diatomaceous Earth looks like cylindrical razor blades full of holes. On the hardness scale where diamonds are a 9, Diatomaceous Earth is a 7. In a small amount of Diatomaceous Earth powder, millions of these tiny hard and sharp cylinders await any bugs who pass over them, slicing up their exoskeleton and killing the bugs within 24 hours.
Amazingly, this effect only occurs on the microscopic level. Diatomaceous Earth does not have the same effect on humans. We can put it on our chairs, couches, and beds with absolutely no issue. In fact, it is completely safe to eat and amazingly makes a wonderful internal supplement!
Interestingly, most of us are eating it without realizing it. This is because farmers dump Diatomaceous Earth in with grains when the grains are stored. It kills the insects that would love to feast on the grain.
Also, unlike chemical agents which kill bugs, because the method of killing is physical and not chemical, there is no buildup of tolerance by the bugs. Diatomaceous Earth will always work.
As long as you are using food-grade Diatomaceous Earth like we do in our Get! Out! Bugs formulations, you are perfectly safe even if you breathe in lots of it.
Epsom salt is named for a bitter spring in Epsom, England where it was first discovered. It is a salt compound of magnesium and sulfur, which provides its chemical name magnesium sulfate.
Since its discovery, it has been considered a supreme natural remedy and it has numerous health benefits and can be used in the home and in the garden as well.
In Get! Out! Bath, we use the drying property of Epsom Salt in order to dry out the bugs on your body and kill them.
As an added bonus, many studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin. These two minerals are among the most important and most lacking in modern life. This property makes Get! Out! Bath a wonderful health supplement as well as a medicine!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a fermented product made from crushed and aged apples. It has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for many ailments.
Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaning agents there is due to its antimicrobial properties. The organic acids in vinegar pass into cell membranes and kill bacteria.
Apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy for bug bites as it helps relieve itching and burning, thanks to its acetic acid content and its anti-inflammatory properties.
For these reasons, we feature apple cider vinegar in Get! Out! Bugs Spray as a bug repellent and in Get! Out! Bugs Itch to help soothe the pain of bug bites.