Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
The U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control now approve oil of lemon eucalyptus, also known as p-menthane 3,8-diol or PMD, as an effective mosquito repellant.
Oil of lemon eucalyptus is a natural, plant-based repellent oil that is prepared from leaves of Eucalyptus citriodora, commercially compared to Citronella - another known insect deterrent - because of it's lemony, herbaceous and somewhat citronella-like odor. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is said to be is similar in effect to a low-concentration of mosquito repellant with DEET. This oil is also used to make throat lozenges and cough drops to aid in bronchitis recovery.
Oil of lemon eucalyptus has been used as a mosquito repellent in Europe, Latin America, and Australia and in Asia since the 1980s. It's pleasant smell and feel on the skin make it preferable mosquito protection to those with sensitive skin and irritable olfactory senses. Mosquito repellents with oil of lemon eucalyptus are much less harsh on the skin compared to mosquito repellents containing DEET. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is a natural ingredient that will appeal as a form of mosquito protection to those who would normally refrain from using chemicals, such as DEET, on their skin.
Did You Know?
Most mosquitoes live and feed within 1 mile of their breeding ground.
After a range of studies completed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control it was found that only approximately 40% of Americans use mosquito repellent when outside for long periods of time. Oil of lemon eucalyptus broadens the scope of mosquito protection, although it must be applied more frequently then mosquito repellents with DEET.
A 5ml bottle of oil of lemon eucalyptus can be found in most aromatherapy and natural therapy stores as well as online for approximately $10.