Keep Mosquitoes Away the Natural Way

HouseHold Magic
September 13, 2010
Bottom Line's Household Magic
Joan Wilen & Lydia Wilen

What’s the worst part of waiting for the fireworks to start? Mosquito bites! And you forgot the bug spray…or you don’t love the idea of the chemical DEET on your skin (studies have associated it with neurological damage). What to do? Grab that garnish off the potato salad! Here’s what we mean: Rub fresh parsley (a few stems with leaves should be fine) on the exposed parts of your body to keep the mosquitoes away. If you dread mosquito bites more than you mind smelling like garlic, then rub a cut garlic clove all over your naked skin. Both mosquitoes and vampires will hate you. Or be sure to sit by a geranium (or two or three)—mosquitoes despise the smell of geraniums (we’re not sure about vampires).

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Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting "cures from the cupboard." They are authors of Bottom Line's Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line's Household Magic. They are authors of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips

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