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sunlit



Joined: 14 Apr 2003
Location: Ilsan

PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 3:16 pm    Post subject: natural mosquito repellents Reply with quote

i'm getting eaten alive here. i've read that citronella and tea tree oil are natural repellents. citronella is in avon's skin so soft products too. now where would i be able to buy essential oils or avon in korea?? any insight??

this is some info i found on the net:

Subject: Re: [wild-edibles] Herbal Insect Repellents

Herbal Insect Repellents
Creating your own mosquito repellents is a safe and effective alternative to
commercial repellents. Using herbs and essential oils, you can prepare your
own mosquito repellents, and products for your pets and home with little
effort.
The most frequently used natural mosquito repellent is citronella essential
oil. The citronella essential oil is extracted from the plant Cymbopagon
nardus and has a pleasant citrus-like aroma. Usually the citronella is
simply mixed with a base such as oil or alcohol at a strength of 5-10% (see
ESSENTIAL OILS for precautions).
Citronella Repellent
2 ounces witch hazel extract
60 drops citronella essential oil

Preparation: Put 2 ounces of witch hazel into a lotion or spray bottle.
Add 60 drops of citronella essential oil. Label properly. Shake well before
each use.
This is approximately a 5 % dilution. For a 10 % dilution add 120 drops of
citronella. Witch hazel extract is non-drying and medicinally soothing to
insect bites. You may use olive oil, rubbing alcohol, vodka, or prepare a
lotion in place of the witch hazel.
Citronella Lotion
2 ounces distilled water
2 ounces olive oil
120 drops citronella essential oil

A lotion is an emulsification of water and oil. To prepare: Put water into a
deep mixing bowl. Begin to drizzle in the oil slowly and beat vigorously
with a wire whisk. By the time all the oil is added you should have a nice
creamy white lotion. Stir in the citronella oil. Pour into a lotion bottle
and label.
Herbal Repellent Oil
1 part fresh pennyroyal
1 part fresh thyme
1/2 part fresh basil
1/2 part neem leaf (if available)
tea tree essential oil
citronella essential oil
olive oil

Pick your fresh herbs. Manually remove any dirt then set them in a sunny
place until the herbs are wilted. Using 1/4 cup as your part, measure 1/4
cup of pennyroyal and thyme, and 1/8 cup basil and neem leaf into a crock
pot. Pour in enough olive oil to cover the herbs plus another inch of oil
(approximately 1 cup). Turn the crock pot on low temperature and heat the
herbs for about 3 hours. An alternative way to prepare your oil extraction
is to place the herbs in a clear glass jar and set it in the sun for about
five days. Shake it once or twice a day.
When you have finished heating your oil, strain your oil through a
cheesecloth lined strainer. Squeeze out as much oil as possible. Measure out
how much oil you now have. For each ounce of oil add 10 drops of citronella
essential oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil.
Pour into lotion bottle and label.

VARIATIONS
You can use this herbal oil in place of the olive oil in the CITRONELLA
LOTION recipe.
Herbal Closet Sachet
1 part Rosemary
1 part Cedarwood Chips
1/2 part Oak Moss
1 part Pennyroyal
1 part Chrysanthemum Flowers
1 part Cloves
1 part Eucalyptus Leaf
1 part Orris Root

Blend the herbs together then package in muslin bags. You may add essential
oils such as cedarwood to strengthen the aroma. Hang the bags in your closet
and place in your chest of drawers. Variations: You can choose any
assortment of the moth repellent herbs to formulate your own sachet blends.
Orris root is used in this recipe as a fixative. It helps to hold the scent
in the sachet.
Among the good reasons for preparing your own repellents, protecting
yourself from toxic chemicals is the most important. Fifty to sixty percent
of what is applied to the skin is absorbed internally. Because our body-care
products often contain chemicals that are inadequately
researched or known to produce a variety of ill effects, it has become
important for us to look for ways to minimize our use of them.

PRECAUTION
If you find that you need to apply repellents several times throughout the
day, and you are doing this everyday, I recommend that you make several
different repellents and use them in alternation.

Insect Repelling Plants
ANT REPELLENTS -TANSY

FLEAS- BREWERS YEAST, GARLIC, FENNEL, PENNYROYAL, PYRETHRUM DAISY
GARLIC - Garlic combined with brewers yeast protects your pets against
fleas. They usually love this sprinkled on their food each day.
PENNYROYAL - Place a drop of pennyroyal on your pets collar to repel fleas.
You can also add a few drops of pennyroyal oil to water and spray around
areas where your pets sleeps.

FLY REPELLENTS- BASIL, BAY LEAF, CLOVES, TANSY

MICE- MINTS

MOTHS- BASIL, BAY LEAF, CEDAR, CLOVES, EUCALYPTUS, LAVENDER, MINTS, (EXCEPT
PEPPERMINT), PATCHOULI, PENNYROYAL, PEPPER, BLACK, PYRETHRUM DAISY,
ROSEMARY, RUE, SOUTHERNWOOD, SANTOLINA, TANSY, THYME, WORMWOOD


WEEVILS- BAY LEAF - Place whole leaf in grain and flour packages.

ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils are steam distilled concentrates of the natural oils present
in plants, flowers, roots, and trees. They are 100 % pure and must be
carefully used by the drop. Patch test for skin irritations using the
diluted oil before general use.

CEDARWOOD (Juniperus mexicana) - Apply a few drops inside your chest of
drawers to repel moths and other cloth eating insects.

CITRONELLA (Cymbopagon nardus) - Effective insect repellent. May be used
full strength or diluted. Patch test before using on your skin. Keep out of
mucus membranes.

LEMONGRASS (Cymbopogon citratus) - Insect repellent. Pleasant lemon
fragrance. Patch test before using on your skin.

PENNYROYAL (Mentha puleglum) - Use to repel fleas from your pets and home.
Also used as a general insect repellent at safe dilution's. WARNING:
Abortive. Keep away from pregnant women.

TEA TREE OIL ( Melaleuca alternifolia) - Repels ticks, leeches, and lice.
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Skarp



Joined: 22 Aug 2003

PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Citronella oil works quite well I find...

Does the Body shop still do it?


I suggest you try an internet search and mail order some from abroad in the meantime....


Are mosquitos still a problem in September?

Skarp
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Anda



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 5:45 pm    Post subject: Um Reply with quote

Mosquito nets I've found are the best thing since sliced bread. I will never be found sleeping without one while I'm at home here during the summer.. Another way is to have two fans positioned behind your bedhead going strong enough to stop mosquitoes from landing on you.
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kiwioutofthenest



Joined: 29 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Citronella is good but the price of the oils here are amazing ive seen orange oil for 23000 usually this is the cheapest oil usually the equvalent of 5000 won. Also the oil burners a an extreme ripp off i paid 16000 for mine which would usually cost 5000, Aromatherapy is not very popular here.

A cheap alternative is a mixture of half and half baby oil and dettol (mild anteseptic) applied to your skin, its not too smelly but does feel quite greasy.

But my friend you are in luck, i asked my mum to send me some oils and she inadvertently sent me 2 citronella, if your interested pm me, im down south so i could probabally post it to you

remember moggy season is almost over
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Starperson



Joined: 23 Mar 2003

PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2003 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just moved to a new place and am having mosquito wars every night. I'm using The Testament by John Grisham to kill the little blood-suckers. However, I'm getting worn down by this approach. I did burn a moggy coil for a couple of days, but couldn't stand my room smelling like my great-grandmother's house.
How does a mosquito net work, exactly? I mean, you hang it over your bed, but what about where the net meets the side of the bed and there are gaps? Tell me quick.
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Corporal



Joined: 25 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2003 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors like blue jeans and dislike pale colors, so wear white.
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The Lemon



Joined: 11 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2003 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Are mosquitos still a problem in September?

Yes. I think this is the worst month.
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Anda



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2003 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mosquito nets are hung from the ceiling and by using string on the ties you can lower the net or raise it. The cheap ones are about 12,000 won so if it's in contact with the floor and wears out so what!
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Blue Flower



Joined: 23 Feb 2003
Location: The realisation that I only have to endure two more weeks in this filthy, perverted, nasty place!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2003 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mosquitoes are plague-like on the west coast of the south island of nz - one of the local tips to stop them biting is to mix equal parts baby oil with dettol. Dettol is a type of antibacterial liquid stuff used on cuts, etc. It smells goddawful, but doesn't contain any DDT or stuff like that.

Failing that, i guess using your citronella oil, and mixing it with the baby oil.

I have a plug in electric thing, that you slip little rectangles of stuff that have insecticide soaked into it, by my bed, and sleep with it on. You can buy them at evey chemist, supermarket.
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just because



Joined: 01 Aug 2003
Location: Changwon - 4964

PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2003 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry. the mosquito season is almost finished. The nights are already getting cooler. In the next week or so the days will too. By mid-October the will have gone for a better life closer to the equator.
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