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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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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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