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Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil is Better Mosquito Repellent Than DEET

Mosquitoes are among the most deadly disease vectors in the world. The Zika virus, currently making headlines in Central and South America due to its potential for causing severe birth defects if pregnant women are infected, is just the latest in a long roster of mosquito-borne diseases, such as chikungunya, dengue, West Nile, Japanese encephalitis, and yellow fever. Worst of all is malaria, which kills over a million people every year.

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To avoid these debilitating illnesses, most conventional mosquito-prevention advice guides people toward DEET, a powerful chemical repellent. However, research suggests that natural solutions can be even more powerful. A pair of studies found that lemon eucalyptus essential oil can be equally or even more effective at warding off mosquitoes than DEET.

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Oil of lemon eucalyptus, specifically p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD),its component that contains pesticidal properties, is an alternative to toxic mosquito repellents and most likely acts by masking the environmental cues that mosquitoes use to locate their target.

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Oil of lemon eucalyptus is the common name of one of the natural oils extracted from the leaves and twigs of the lemon-scented gum eucalyptus plant, Eucalyptus citriodora Hook, also called Corymbia citriodora Hook.


When compared to the “pure” oil of lemon eucalyptus, PMD showed far superior repellent activity under laboratory conditions.PMD has also shown remarkable ability to repel mosquitoes when compared to DEET –the most popular synthetic commercial insect repellent which has been linked to serious adverse effects,
especially in children.

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