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6 Natural Mosquito Repellents

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6 Natural Mosquito Repellents

Recent studies have linked DEET-based mosquito repellents to brain and neurological damage. So how do you avoid the mosquitoes and the dangerous effects of DEET? While Mother Nature offers dozens of different options, here are some of my top natural mosquito repellents:

1. Citronella—the old standby—use only pure essential oil of citronella—not fragrance oil. Oils purchased in bulk for burning are not adequate for applying topically to your skin. For your skin it is best to get a high quality citronella essential oil from a natural food store.

2. Soy oilThe New England Journal of Medicine reported that natural repellents made of soybean oil are just as effective as DEET-containing repellents. Soy oil is inexpensive and easy to find, making it an excellent choice. Plus, it is an excellent body moisturizer. As an aside, research shows that an ingredient in soy can slow the growth of body hair when applied topically. Choose organic soy oil if possible.

3. Catnip—an Iowa State University research group showed that the essential oil found in the herb catnip is about 10 times more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes in the laboratory.

Discover the mosquito repellent that the US National Research Council states is more effective than DEET…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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10:08AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

It will be great if soy oil actually works. And/or lavender oil.

4:47AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014


9:18PM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

Bookmarked this page. Thanks!

12:29AM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

I'm printing this. Thanks!

8:05PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Excellent, thank you, Michelle :)

10:16AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Will definitely be trying the catnip thing.

4:37PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Great to know. Very useful.

3:51PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Catnip, great for me and my cats! :)

8:49AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

We have a feral cat problem on the Island, so I'm gonna pass on catnip.

Mosquitoes aren't the only thing repelled by garlic.

In fact probably the only thing attracted to it would be Goombas.

Nice if they gave us a heads up about where to find Neem oil.

10:41AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Great info- thanks!

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