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   I either found this information somewhere, and forgot where; or someone sent it to me and I forgot who. In any event, what with the rapid spreading of this disease, perhaps the following will help someone. PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER: That except that I do know that the B-1 Vitamin does aid in repelling some insects, through personal experience, I can not and do not vouch for any of the information set forth. I extend the information simply in hopes of the possibility that it may help someone, where it would seem our government health agencies are not.

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One vitamin B-1 tablet a day - The odor the tablet gives out through your skin (YOU can not smell it) repels mosquitoes, black flies, no see-ums, and gnat's. It does not work on stinging insects. Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride 100 mg.)

NPR reports that if you eat bananas, the mosquitoes like you, something about the banana oil as your body processes it. Stop eating bananas for the summer and the mosquitoes will be much less interested. 

One of the best insect repellents someone found (who is in the woods 
every day), is Vick's Vapo Rub. 

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. 

Marines who spend a great deal of time "camping out" say that the very best mosquito repellant you can use is Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil mixed about half and half with alcohol.

Mix Your Own:
20 drops Eucalyptus oil 
20 drops Cedar wood 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. Half vanilla and half water seems to work great for mosquitoes and ticks. Do not know about other insects.


Martin Grelle

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