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Another mosquito repellent?
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Maggie/TX    Posted 07-29-2003 at 16:47:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got this in email and had never heard of this one. Anybody else tried this? Wonder how well it works? I don't dare try it at my house, as I have 7 cats and would have them under foot all the time if I did! LOL!

Annoyed by pesky and virus carrying mosquitos in the dog days of summer? Bring on the catnip (Nepeta cataria)! A recent study found a component of catnips's essential oil, nepetalactone, to be 10 times more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitos. To use, herbalist Susan Wittig Albert suggests:

**Rub crushed catnip leaves on your skin.

**Roll a few leaves in a bandana to wear around your neck or on your hat brim.

**Create a spritz: Bruise 2 cups catnip leaves, place in a clean quart jar, and cover with 3-4 cups vinegar. Cover and let steep on a dark shelf for 2 weeks, shaking frequently. Strain and store in a spray bottle. Spray on exposed skin(avoid eyes)"

"Country Living Gardener" August 03 issue>>

Linda    Posted 07-29-2003 at 22:06:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Catnip is pretty strong smelling. I don't know if I could stand spraying it all over myself. LOL

Try taking thiamine about every 3 or 4 hours when you're going to be outside. Start an hour or so before going out, and take about 400 mg. every 3 or 4 hours. It's a water soluble vitamin, so you won't build it up in your system. The mosquitoes seem to hover but not land and bite.

DeadCarp    Posted 07-29-2003 at 20:00:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Every time i see a mosquito repellent, i can't help but think it's probably another get-rich-quick scheme of some kind - one gal passed around Avon Skin-so-soft at the fireworks and frankly it didn't help a bit - i asked her to dope up one arm for me and that one actually had more bites - thanks anyway :)
I've heard you can tuck a softener sheet in your hat too but haven't tried it --

Herbswoman    Posted 08-16-2003 at 06:06:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not everyone who makes Natural mosquito repellents is out to rip you off! I believe some of these large companies are though, as they are cutting corners, using cheaper oils, and producing a product that doesn't work, counting on the fact that most people will buy anything that says "Natural" on the label! I make a Natural mosquito spray and sell it out of my home. I live way out in the country and am surrounded by creeks, ponds, swamps and bogs. Mosquitoes are terrible here. I am not rich and expect I never will be. The oils I use are very expensive, top of the line. I started making the stuff for my family because we were using so much DEET it was ridicules. I could taste the stuff in my mouth all the time, probably from breathing the crap everytime we used it! I was surprised how well the spray I made was working, especially considering how good it smelled. I have been a naturalist for many years and my studies in herbs lead me to the information I needed to make this spray. I think perhaps my motivation to sell this product was due to a stubborn streak a mile long! The thought that they (chemical companies and government idiots) are winning with their poison (DEET) campaign. We have a chance to prove natural products do work better than their poison! People are begging for something natural that works and I have been giving it to them, in this I take satisfaction, I am proud that I have helped and I will continue to do so as long as I can! My website is go there, read my story, then email me and I will send you a free bottle!

Sid    Posted 07-29-2003 at 20:25:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
DeadCarp several years ago skinsosoft did work on repeling mosquitoes. I do not know if they have changed the formula or what but several people that used to use it say it doesn't work anymore. I have not used it since we tried to get it one time and were told it was not availbale anymore i do not know if the person did not want to order it or what. As for the softner sheet I have tried it and it worked Some people say a bug light will not work on mosquitoes but I seem to clean a lot of them oof of it. I wonder if it is one of those things that work under certain conditions for some peoiple or what.

Maggie/TX    Posted 07-29-2003 at 21:43:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know it does work for me around here. The first I ever heard of it, my cousin's husband used it going fishing in some backwater place around Savannah and it worked for him. Now, the bug repellent that Avon puts out doesn't work with a toot, but the SSS, used FULL STRENGTH, does...for me. :)

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 07-29-2003 at 17:26:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maggie wrote

In two weeks the darn pest will be gone.....HAHAHA!!

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