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#1 Old 05-13-2003, 06:44 PM
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These tips were in an e-mail a friend sent me. Since mosquito season is coming soon, I thought some of you could use these.

Take one vitaimin B-1 tablet a day, April through October .

The odor the tablet gives out through your skin

(YOU can not smell it) repels mosquitos,black flies,

no seeum's, and gnat's. It does not work on stinging insects.

Plant marigolds around the yard, the flowers give off

a smell that bugs do not like,

so plant some in that garden also to help ward

off bugs without using insecticides.

Mix your own:

20 drops Eucalyptus oil

20 drops Cedarwood oil

10 drops Tea Tree oil

10 drops Geranium oil

2 oz. carrier oil ( such as Jojoba )

Mix together in a 4 oz. container. Apply to skin as

needed avoiding the eye area. Keep out of reach

of children. Test on a small area of skin for sensitivities .

Experiment with different percentages of essential oil.

One of the best natural insect repellants

is made from the clear real vanilla (not the grocery store

vanilla extract which is mostly alcohol). This is the pure

vanilla that is sold in Mexico. It's cheap there if you know

of someone that lives there or in the US close to the border.

If not, health food stores usually carry it or can order it

for you. I use it half vanilla and half water and find

that it works great for mosquitoes and ticks,

don't know about other insects.

Hopefully a few of you will find this helpful!
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#2 Old 05-14-2003, 05:31 PM
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I eat a glove of garlic and they hate me. Kinda hard to do sometimes but it works
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#3 Old 05-14-2003, 06:17 PM
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Yow! I don't know if I could do that. Other than spicy mexican food, I'm not one for strong flavors. I can imagine that it works very well, though! Besides, that's an excellent way of warding off the common cold. I have a friend at work that eats a ton of fresh garlic, and she hardly ever gets sick. When she does, it goes away very fast.
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#4 Old 05-17-2003, 12:45 AM
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When I eat garlic it's not just the bugs that drift away
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