Natural Mosquito Repellant:
New research indicates that an oil found in catnip can be ten times
more effective in repelling mosquitoes than DEET. This oil, known
as Nepetalactone, can be easily extracted for use as a mosquito repellant.
Herbalist Susan Wittig Albert suggests how:
Mash two cups of catnip leaves until the leaves moisten from the
released oils. Place in a jar and pour three to four cups of vinegar
over the leaves. Cover the jar and let it sit in darkness for two
weeks. Shake the jar as frequently as you can. Strain the leaves from
the liquid solution, and pour the liquid in a spray bottle. Spray
on your body as you would a traditional mosquito repellant, being
sure to keep out of the eyes.
For a quicker solution, try rubbing crushed catnip leaves on your
skin. Or wrap a bandana around a few leaves to wear around your neck