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Lemon Balm And Insect Pests

Author: Sandra C.
Skill: Herbalist
Date: 08-11-2010
Views: 2,229
Word Count: 160
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 4540-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 1

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I have a 7 gallon stainless distiller...I distilled Lemon balm for the floral water and left the essential oil in it...To 1 quart i added 60 drops Lemongrass eo and 40 drops Lemon Eucalyptus eo...Also added 1/2 tsp. carrier oil (olive in this case)(seems to make it last longer when not know why)...I let this sit a day or so so they can marry...i keep this in the Frig.

I then poured some into a spritzer bottle (which i have not refrigerated with no problems) and have been using all summer as a bug great for everything except flies and nats...You must shake everytime you use...but this is 10 times stronger than deet and with no side effects...I mist on my golden retriever once a week and good results their as well...Don't you just love these natures gems...Have also used this as room freshner and works great for cat odors on the patio...A little goes a long way...

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Supporting Scientific Study
bug-/-insect-/-deterrent-/-repellent - "Thujaplicin, a minor component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki], showed rather strong antifungal activity against seven kinds of plant-pathogenic fungi.... Thujaplicin and hinokitiol (the major component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki]) also showed clear antibacterial activity against Legionella pneumophila SG 1 and L. pneumophila SG 3 [Legionnaires disease, pneumonia].... This compound showed strong insecticidal activity against Reticulitermes speratus [termites], and it also had clear acaricidal [ticks, mites] activity against Dermatophagoides farinae [house dust mites].... [T]he strong cytotoxic effect of Thujaplicin on murine P388 lymphocytic leukemia cell line [CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia] should be emphasized...."Link

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