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Frillylily
Feb 27, 2018 11:01 AM CST
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I usually use deet spray, but really feel bad about spraying it on my skin and it is difficult to wash off and makes me sneeze/itch sometimes. Wondering if anyone has used citronella oil with good results? And what do you mix it with?
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Feb 27, 2018 11:43 AM CST
I understand your concerns about mosquitos and "deet". I used to fly in by float plane into Labrador and Southern Quebec, where they have mosquito "hatcheries", to trout fish. We tried everything there was, but only "Deet" containing products worked. One trip, we met an MD, from Newfoundland, and he said he took Vitamin B12, and the mosquitoes can smell it on your skin, find it offensive, and don't come near you, relatively speaking. While I didn't start right off with scoffing down copious amounts of vitamin B12, I thought I would look into it? "Merk Manual," "PubMed" and "Dr.Mirkin Report" There is a bad amino acid called "homocysteine" which we bring into our body, mostly from dairy products. It is one of the main "culprits" in hardening of the arteries, plaques, strokes, etc. Vitamin B12 works against "homocysteine", breaking it down. So I said: "Self you should be on that for the reason mentioned, and if it turns off the mosquitos, great! Note: Vegetarians have to have a B12 shot every so often. Well, from my personal experience, anecdotal as it may be, (but from a long background in cross-over, double-blind studies) I get way fewer bites if any, compared to my friends in the same location. Worth a try??
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Frillylily
Feb 27, 2018 11:58 AM CST
Well that is not it for me, I drink vitamin water on a reg basis and also take a daily vit supplement. So I don't think that is working for me. I have also heard people say that if you eat bananas or lots of garlic they will not bother you, but I eat both almost daily.
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greene
Feb 27, 2018 12:06 PM CST
American Beautyberry leaves, rub them on your skin or clothing, repels mosquitoes.
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RpR
Feb 28, 2018 12:17 PM CST
Frillylily said:Well that is not it for me, I drink vitamin water on a reg basis and also take a daily vit supplement. So I don't think that is working for me. I have also heard people say that if you eat bananas or lots of garlic they will not bother you, but I eat both almost daily.

Using B12 or Garlic for this purpose is not taking a normal dose or eating cooked garlic.
It means a heavy dose of the vitamin, so that your body gets rid of it (If you were a guy it would mean when you take a whiz, you can smell it like a vitamin bottle) and for garlic, or even strong onions, as raw as you can take, if I eat it pretty much straight, same for strong onions, my sweat smells like a cut up onion.

Now this depends on a persons system as some people do not exude what they consumed as much as others.
Good , bad (for dating) or other wise my system get rid of it quite quickly.

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Almostdone
Mar 7, 2018 7:29 PM CST
I don't know how you feel about essential oils, but if you are not against them, I can tell you that Catnip has been proven to be more effective than DEET, although the smell will not make you any new friends. Blended with geranium, Peppermint, Lemonbalm, these oils do the trick for me and I live in Florida. There are numerous articles and ideas out there as far as oils go; Lavender, Lavender mixed in baby lotion, the list is endless. I will be happy to help you if you decide to try this. Just make sure you buy from reputable suppliers, and there are a ton of them out there.
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RockinRobino
Mar 10, 2018 8:41 AM CST
Lemongrass and citronella plants will also help with skeeters. I just ordered lemongrass seeds and our locally owned farmer supply store has citronella plants for sale that are very reasonable. Too early to buy them now, but I plan on picking up three or four in a few weeks.
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Mar 10, 2018 9:40 AM CST
Why is there not a product made from Callicarpa (beautyberry) leaves? ...or is there? I've gathered seeds several times but have yet to manage to grow any shrubs for our yard. It is for this purpose that I would like to have some of these shrubs, to test if this works for me (us.)
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Bonehead
Mar 10, 2018 2:57 PM CST
Suz, I am interested in your formula for skeeter treatment. I assume you add the essential oils to a carrier oil, then perhaps spray or rub on? I've experimented with various moisturizing oils and have kind of settled into about 20 drops of essential oils per ounce of carrier oil. Anything that goes on my skin includes helichrysum (for sun protection) and frankincense (which I've read is good for just about everything). From there, I just mix/match depending on the intended use, and try to remember to keep track of my various formulas and how my skin reacts to them.
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Mar 10, 2018 4:33 PM CST
The best way to repel mosquitos is to hang out with people they like better. My husband is a mosquito magnet, when I'm with him, I don't get bit. Smiling
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Mar 10, 2018 4:42 PM CST
Daisy, I'm the mosquito magnet no matter who I associate with!
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Frillylily
Mar 10, 2018 6:11 PM CST
well that doesn't work for me, my husband is the type that would rather sit in front of the TV than do anything. Besides on the rare occasion he does visit the garden, he doesn't last 5 min (all complaining) without declaring that bugs are after him and he goes back in the house.
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RpR
Mar 10, 2018 7:34 PM CST
Frillylily said:well that doesn't work for me, my husband is the type that would rather sit in front of the TV than do anything. Besides on the rare occasion he does visit the garden, he doesn't last 5 min (all complaining) without declaring that bugs are after him and he goes back in the house.

Well next time tell him, you are a woosy but I still love you. Rolling on the floor laughing
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RockinRobino
Mar 11, 2018 5:51 AM CST
I heard that your blood type has something to do with what attracts mosquitoes. I have O+ blood and they love me. My husband is onblood thinners — they never bother him. I know certain meds will repel the mosquitos. For me, I'm a magnet.
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Almostdone
Mar 11, 2018 7:11 AM CST
Bonehead said:Suz, I am interested in your formula for skeeter treatment. I assume you add the essential oils to a carrier oil, then perhaps spray or rub on? I've experimented with various moisturizing oils and have kind of settled into about 20 drops of essential oils per ounce of carrier oil. Anything that goes on my skin includes helichrysum (for sun protection) and frankincense (which I've read is good for just about everything). From there, I just mix/match depending on the intended use, and try to remember to keep track of my various formulas and how my skin reacts to them.
@Bonehead
As long as the dilution rate is safe, and the oils used are not know for dermal issues, sensatizations, contraindications, ( reatction to say medications like blood thinners, Blood pressure issues, pregnant, nursing, maybe they are prone to seizures,,, things like that) etc, that is great. Allergies are common with oils, and that is another thing to keep in mind. As for my recipes, I start with the a limited amount of oils to be sure its simplistic. Like I said earlier, Catnip is one of the key ingredients. Make sure it has a good percentage of Nepetalactone when you are looking at the GCMS. PT have current GCMS' available, you can read the constituents and make sure what you need is in the bottle you purchase. Here is an example. https://www.planttherapy.com/t.... Geranium, Lemon eucalyptus, peppermint (dermal limits observed), Lavender are just some of the oils you can use. A carrier of water with glycerine as an emulsifier is what I use; it gets used up fast enough around here to where I dont worry about bacteria due to the water. If I think it will be more than 2 weeks in the bottle, I use Optiphen as a preservative. Just shake well before use, keep out of eyes, mucous areas, open cuts, etc.... Spraying it on clothing is beneficial as well, and sometimes does the trick. If you have read through this and are still interested, let me know.....
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Bonehead
Mar 11, 2018 9:11 AM CST
I've never used essential oils with water - how does that mix? How much oils do you add to how much water? How much glycerine? Yes, very interested.
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Almostdone
Mar 11, 2018 10:02 AM CST
You shake it a lot. Its difficult to use a conventional oil as a carrier in a spray bottle, it sometimes clogs, and the oil will break down the PET plastic after time. So, for something that gets replaced often, water is fine. Witch Hazel is another option. There are a lot of recipes out there, just have to experiment. Something I see with a lot of horse people is Lavender mixed into baby lotion. To make a "Master Blend"; this is the un-diluted oils mixed together. these go in their own separate bottle. And label the bottle with the date you put it together. It will be stored in the refrigerator. To make this Master Blend, lets use 30 drops of Catnip. 20 drops of Lavender. 20 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus. 10 drops of peppermint. 20 drops of Geranium. Put them in the bottle, gently shake to blend. This is your "Master Blend" The catnip is the main constituent in this, and the others are just something that are 1:Skin safe, and 2: oils that are safe for most. and they work to cover the smell of the catnip. For skin applications, the dilution rate of the finished product should not exceed 1.5% to avoid dermal issues. So lets say you were going to make 4 ounces of spray. Put not quite 4 ounces of water, witch hazel, whatever you want to use in a measuring cup. Add 1/2 tablespoon of glycerine. Mix well. For a 1.5% percentage dilution of the finished oils, you will add 27 drops of the Master Blend. You can use pipettes if your main bottle doesnt have an orifice reducer. Dont spray your face, keep away from mucous membranes, dont get it in your eyes, and wash your hands after handling the oils. Spray your clothes, your hat, and the chair you are in. This will work.
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Almostdone
Mar 11, 2018 12:36 PM CST
Just saw this.

https://blogs.cdc.gov/publiche...
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fwmosher
Mar 11, 2018 2:18 PM CST
Frillylilly: I was referring to 1200 Mg. tablets of Vitamin B12. Buy mine through COSTCO. One should be taking Vitamin "D" as well, and not from a multi-vitamin. I have no idea what "vitamin water" is???? Bananas are a great source of Potassium, they are also a huge source of sugar!! I know of no credible reference that alludes to garlic and mosquito resistance. Happy bug hunting.
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Frillylily
Mar 11, 2018 9:38 PM CST
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Vit...

this is a link to the vitamin water I buy at walmart. It is a naturally flavored drink that has vitamins and minerals added to it. Similar to Powerade or Gatorade, but not artificial like Gatorade. It is $1 a bottle and comes in different flavors. There is an orange one that has caffeine in it, but not a large amount like the energy drinks do, so it is not too strong. The others do not have caffeine. I feel so much better when I drink these regularly. I suppose similar type drinks would be V-8 tomato/veg drinks, or the other carrot based juices with added nutrients. So I drink one of these pretty much every day during the summer and also take a multivitamin daily.

https://www.drugstorenews.com/...
I also buy this brand alot and I really like it too, I found it at a Dollar General store close to my house.
At any rate, moot to this thread, because the mosquitoes apparently like vitamin water logged people Hilarious!

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