At 9:19 AM -0800 2/9/09, brian kennedy wrote:
on the blog "easyidler"su in south africa says she uses lavender oil
I don't live in a place where mosquitoes are a big problem, so I
don't have experience trying remedies. When there is a mosquito in
the area, it bites me, and when I did live in an area that had lots
of them, I got many bites. But I do have one data point. Some years
ago when I was car-camping in the summer near a lake that did have
mosquitoes, I dabbed essential oil of lavender on my skin -- so much
that the whole car smelled like lavender. I left the windows open,
because it was a warm summer night. I got no bites, and did not even
get buzzed by mosquitoes.
The concentration of lavender needed to keep the mosquitoes away was
much greater than you could get from planting a few lavender shrubs,
however, and it was in a partly enclosed space.
If the bites are an annoyance rather than a health hazard, it's
possible to make the bites go away quickly. I've used herbal salves
that I made. My skin is quite reactive and shows a large reddish
itchy bump soon after being bitten, but when I've applied the salve
immediately, I've watched the bump and redness and itching disappear
within a minute.
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