Re: Mints w/ repellant properties
- Just about any member of the mint family will tend to
repel bugs, but the one you're thinking of probably is
pennyroyal. (A lovely plant to grow around the base of
roses, btw, as it is quite low and unobtrusive and it
discourages the ants that otherwise would use the
roses as their aphid farms.)
Pennyroyal leaf or oil is moderately effective at
repelling many bugs. The oil shouldn't be applied
directly to the skin, though - at least, not full
strength. For my dogs, I used to find got better
effects with a pennyroyal-scented bandana around the
neck than with a far more toxic flea collar.
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