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24-05-2012, 02:54 PM
Potential of the bush mint, Hyptis suaveolens essential oil for personal protection against mosquito biting.
J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2012 Mar;28(1):15-9
Authors: Abagli AZ, Alavo TB, Avlessi F, Moudachirou M
We studied the potential of the essential oil extract from the bush mint, Hyptis suaveolens, for use against mosquito biting under both laboratory and field conditions.
In the laboratory, the repellency of various concentrations (1-6%) of the essential oil was assessed against Anopheles gambiae, based on a 15-min landing and biting on treated forearms of volunteers. In the laboratory, the percentage of mosquitoes landing on the forearm was 42, 33, 23, 23, 9, and 2 for 1%, 2%, 3%, 4%, 5%, and 6% essential oil concentration, respectively; and 92 and 91 for the solvent (isopropanol) and untreated control, respectively. The percentage of mosquitoes taking a blood meal was 22, 12, 13, 12, 5, and 3 for 1%, 2%, 3%, 4%, 5%, and 6% essential oil, respectively; and 52 and 51 for the solvent and control, respectively. In the field, the 6% essential oil repelled all mosquitoes immediately postapplication; this activity declined to 75% after 5 h.
The repellent action of the 8% essential oil concentration was higher, 97% after 5 h. Based on these data, the essential oil of H. suaveolens appears to be a good candidate for use in the integrated management of mosquito vectors of disease.
PMID: 22533079 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
13-06-2012, 12:55 PM
Chrysanthemum flowers contain a substance that repels mosquitoes and several other insects, including cockroaches, beetles and flies. Products containing the chrysanthemum extract known as pyrethrins work effectively to kill and repel mosquitoes.
25-11-2012, 02:56 AM
Peppermint, Tea tree, Rosemary, Clove, Eucalyptus, Catnip, Basil, Marigold, Lavender,Lemon Balm, Citronella....
Make your own natural repellent:
Using some of these plants, especially herbs, you can make your own natural mosquito repellent. Simply crush up the leaves with a mortar and pestle to release the oils and then add it to vodka (which is also proven to repel mosquitoes). Let your concoction sit for 12 hours. Once infused, add your natural repellent to a spray bottle and use as you would any store-bought mosquito repellent.
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