Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Better Mosquito Repellent than DEET
Although in most countries malaria is very rare, this parasitic infection as well as many other similar infections are a serious problem in countries like Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador and Venezuela. Because of the high number of mosquitoes, this dangerous disease is transmitted quite easily. About 3.5 billion people live in areas where there is a great chance to get infected by malaria.
According to the WHO (The World Health organization), there are about 200 million cases of malaria that were registered around the world in 2013. What is even worse, about half a million of people died because of malaria in 2013.
The good news is that malaria can be cured, especially if it is identified at an early stage. The Anopheles mosquitoes are the number one transmitters of this disease. The incubation period lasts from one week to one month after the victim is bitten. The symptoms from this parasitic infection usually last for one to three days although in some people they last longer. If the case is uncomplicated they will last between 6 and 10 hours.
The sufferer will experience strong shivering that result in fever, headache and continuous vomiting and the culmination is the occurrence of fatigue and sweating. If the case gets complicated, it can lead to failures in certain organs and atypical blood coagulation. If it is left untreated, it can result in deterioration of the condition of red blood cells, seizures and kidney failure as well as some other serious consequences.
What is interesting is the fact that two of the most effective treatments for this disease are based on plants. Quinine is based on the cinchona tree or Cinchona spp while Artemisinin is based on the Qinghaosu pant or Artemisia annua.
In addition, certain natural essential oils extracted from plants are often used as a mean to discourage malaria-transmitting mosquitoes to stay away from human skin. Lemon eucalyptus essential oil has proven to be one of the most efficient natural essential oils for this purpose. This effective, natural oil is rich in p-menthane-diol, a compound that is more effective that the well-known chemical product used for repelling mosquitoes – DEET or diethyltoluamide.
Since many people are turning to natural products, we are sure that those who want natural mosquito repellents will be glad to hear this news because DEET is actually a poison in its essence and very often leads to serious allergic reactions.
Scientific Study Confirms That Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil is More Effective than DEET
Four different mosquito repellents were compared to each other as part of a scientific study conducted by the scientists who work for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom. One of the repellents was actually a mixture that included several natural essential oils that were used by many people because they believed that these oils have good repellent properties. The second repellent was based only on one essential oil – Neem. The third one contained about 15% of the well-known chemical DEET. The last product used as a repellent was based on lemon eucalyptus and contained about 30% of p-menthane-diol, a completely natural compound.
According to the final results, the mixture of various essential oils and the repellent based on Neem didn’t provide a satisfactory level of protection from the notorious Anopheles mosquitoes. On the other hand, DEET provided about 85% protection in a period of four hours. However, the repellent based on eucalyptus provided 97% protection for four hours. This interesting study has confirmed that DEET is not the most effective protection when it comes to malaria. People should feel free to use lemon eucalyptus essential oil instead of DEET because this is a completely natural product.
A separate study has confirmed these results. This time, the tests were following the effects after 6 hours and the effects of both DEET and lemon eucalyptus essential oil were similar with the ones from DEET when it comes to repelling two different types of Anopheles mosquitoes.
Both of these scientific studies confirm that natural mosquito repellents provide excellent results. What is even better, they can be prepared in our homes. All we need is lemon eucalyptus essential oil mixed with witch hazel or some other similar medium and a carrier essential oil like jojoba or castor oil.