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Hate them teeny tiny bugs that swarm around your head all the time?
A little vanilla extract on the brim of your hat acts as a “natural” gnat repellent.

Natural mosquito repellents:
Require more frequent reapplication (at least every 2 hours) and higher concentrations.
Different mosquitoes require different oils, not sure which work on our land.

Citronella Oil
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Cinnamon Oil
Castor Oil
Rosemary Oil
Lemongrass Oil
Cedar Oil
Peppermint Oil
Clove Oil
Geranium Oil
Possibly Oils from Verbena, Pennyroyal, Lavender, Pine, Cajeput, Basil, Thyme, Allspice, Soybean, and Garlic

FROM THE FARMER'S ALMANAC:
Burn a little sage or rosemary over coals to repel mosquitoes.
Rubbing the skin with baby oil or imitation vanilla extract repels biting insects such as mosquitoes and blackflies.
Some people swear garlic works and swallow slivered garlic to ward off these summer pests. Others take garlic tablets or rub garlic juice directly on their skin.
Some people have luck with high doses of vitamin B1 (100 milligrams, two or three times a day), but it doesn't work for everybody.
Rub cider vinegar on your skin to repel insects. If you take in enough cider vinegar by putting it on foods you eat, you'll develop a body odor that will repel insects, including black flies.

A natural way to repel insects, oil of lemon eucalyptus is one answer. Its active ingredient is p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD). This EPA-approved repellent provides the longest-lasting protection of all plant-based products. It provides protection similar to products that contain low levels of DEET (a chemical we'll discuss on the next page). Oil of lemon eucalyptus poses no threats to the environment, and the only potential risk to your health is eye irritation if you apply the product directly to your face. It's effective in repelling mosquitoes, biting insects and gnats.

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Now where would one buy oil of lemon eucalyptus?

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Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:06 am
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most health food stores have oils, course many places carry the premade natural/safe bug sprays...and great stuff sold at crafts on the land


Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:22 am
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There is GREAT premade stuff available, especially from Joie Grrl Herbal Essentials

I have not been able to track down "Lemon Eucalyptus" Oil and am not even sure if it is an oil, or a mixture of lemon and eucalyptus.

I was actually looking for how to keep them pesky "no see ums" from swarming from my eyes. I have walked around with my hand over my head, mimicing a rooster's comb, as I was told they go to the highest point. Works kind of, but looks silly as hell and is almost as problematic to keep my hand up as is dealing with swatting all the time.
So, since I have found out how much vinegar is good for, I thought I would check it out and see if it is good for them too... and lo and behold, I find vanilla extract works... So that I am going to try this year. Watch me attract bees with it though... AIEEEEE

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My one and only post this year about the effectiveness of catnip oil spray as an alternative to DEET products.

http://www.miskeptics.org/2011/06/does- ... osquitoes/

Over the years, I have tried different sprays sold at pet stores and different brands work better than others. I find Kosmic Katnip to work well and am testing Xtreme Catnip spray with good effect because it claimed to be super concentrated. I prefer it because it doesn't have any lingering smell like all other non DEET products. I have found I have to apply it more often, say every hour during peak times, dawn or dusk, but can spray it on my face head and neck without an allergic reaction.

As my sister SKWD rightly points out, covering up is best, but for those of who love to use this one week a year to shed our protective layers (and for whom the mosquitos just LOVE) I offer this option.


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