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6 Natural Mosquito Repellents

4. NEEM seed oil, or “neem oil” is extracted from a plant that grows in India. An ingredient in Neem seed oil has also been found to be more effective than DEET by researchers at the Malaria Institute in India. Both the US National Research Council and the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association have confirmed this finding.

5. Lavender essential oil smells great and is a commonly used and effective mosquito repellent.

6. Garlic—eat lots of fresh garlic—mosquitoes can’t stand the stuff.

I mix some of the essential oils into an unscented and natural moisturizer which I rub onto my skin prior to heading outdoors. There are likely some pre-made products with these ingredients at your local health food store.

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Adapted with permission from World’s Healthiest News by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD. Subscribe to my free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow me on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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9:02AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

Useful to know

8:59PM PDT on Oct 15, 2014

Always good to know and the cat that owns me is purrfectly delighted about the news about catnip.

1:42AM PDT on Sep 26, 2014

this is very helpful, thank you

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5:21PM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Never enough ideas as to how to repel mosquitoes.

4:25PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

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11:29PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

thank you

11:23AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Lemongrass is another great one. It is a pretty garden plant too, so it'll work without application. I keep a mister by the door with lemongrass, pine, sage and peppermint oils added to water. A spritz for the dog and me before heading into the yard works (and my dog smells good too ; ).

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