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Field studies on the mosquito repellent action of neem oil.

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Field studies on the mosquito repellent action of neem oil.

Sharma SK, Dua VK, Sharma VP.

Malaria Research Center (Field Station), BHEL Complex, Ranipur, Hardwar, India.

Repellent action of neem oil was evaluated against different mosquito species. 2% neem oil mixed in coconut oil provided 96-100% protection from anophelines, 85% from Aedes, 37.5% from Armigeres whereas it showed wide range of efficacy from 61-94% against Culex spp. Therefore, neem oil can be applied as a personal protection measure against mosquito bites.

Publication Types:
Clinical Trial
Controlled Clinical Trial

PMID: 8525409 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE

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Summer is the time when most people want to get out and enjoy the outdoors. But biting insects can quickly turn a fun time into a nightmare. Keeping insects away usually involves synthetic repellents containing a potentially dangerous chemical called N,Ndiethyl-m-toluamide, commonly called DEET. Though these repellents are effective they may also be responsible for severe medical problems reported by some people who use them. A safer alternative was needed.

Neem oil is a natural vegetable oil used since antiquity as an insect repellent for both people and food crops. Researchers at the Malaria Institute have discovered that neem repels the mosquito that causes malaria for up to twelve hours as well as biting flies, sand fleas and ticks. In fact, several compounds in neem are more effective insect repellents than DEET yet are much safer.

For those seeking a safe alternative to potentially dangerous synthetic repellents, neem offers an attractive alternative:

Neem oil is an excellent skin moisturizer while DEET is not recommended for repeated application to the skin, around the face or on the hands of small children.
Neem oil is a natural vegetable oil safe for most surfaces while DEET should not be sprayed on furniture, plastics, watch crystals, leather and painted surfaces.
Neem is a healing herb that is famous for its healing properties for cuts, scrapes and poison oak and ivy. DEET products contain warnings against getting them in open sores or on damaged skin.
When we go outdoors insects will usually be a part of the experience. Keeping them from biting and possibly transmitting diseases can be accomplished safely with neem oil products. The compounds developed over millions of years by the neem tree offer natural, safe and effective protection from insects. Although neem may not always prevent the insect from landing, it will prevent bites.

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