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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.

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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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1:40AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

I can't think of a mozzie any more without thinking of Dexter - and the opener to every show with one of the hideous little blood sucking sods biting him.

5:52AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

Hard to get rid of the little biters.

5:41AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

I heard that Bounce fabric softener sheets keep them away from you also. Don't know if it is true but this article is nice to know.

4:03AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014


1:23PM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

better than chemicals.

7:07AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Thinking I should wear some catnip.. I'd be popular with the kitties and the mosquitos will stay away from me!!

4:26AM PDT on May 28, 2014

Very helpful, specially these days I'm preparing to travel...
Thank you so much :)

2:42PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Yey, I alreay use lavender perfume! :)

2:16PM PDT on May 16, 2014

I grow lemon balm in my herb garden. Not only does it smell divine (and you can eat it) but I'll have the kids pick it and rub it on their skin. Also you can put lemon extract in a little spray bottle and use that for a mosquito repellent.

4:53AM PDT on May 16, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

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