Scientists may have found a natural repellent which protects our skin against insect biting without inducing any side effects, some scientists suggested.
In the rating of products that work best against mosquitoes and ticks, the consumer report found that deet (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is one of the best to protect us against mosquitoes and ticks, Any products that contain 15 to 30 percent deep can provide long-lasting protection.
Catnip is also known as catswort, or catmint, a plant of Nepeta, belonging to the family of Lamiaceae, native to Europe and Asia.
The herb has bused use in herbal medicine as an insect repellant and to treat digestive disorders, children restlessness and nervousness, fevers, cold and flu, skin irritations stimulate sweating, promote menstruation, etc..
Besides the major constituent of terpenoid nepetalactone, the herb also contains α-Pinene, β-Pinene, Cyclohexen-1-yl-methyl ketone, Triplal, Thymol, Nepetalactone, Nepetalactone, etc.
In the study to evaluate the effects herbal Catnip as an effective mosquito repellent against several Aedes and Culex species, both topically and spatially, researchers launched a study of the essential oil of the herb in laboratory bioassays.
Catnip essential oil (at a dosage of 20 mg) resulted in average repellency rates of 96% against stable flies, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.) and 79% against houseflies, Musca domestica (L.), respectively.
Catnip oil demonstrated strong repellency, compared to others chemicals for repelling biting insects, including isolongifolenone, 2-methylpiperidinyl-3-cyclohexen-1-carboxamide and (1S,2'S)-2-methylpiperidinyl-3-cyclohexen-1-carboxamide.
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(1) Efficacy and safety of catnip (Nepeta cataria) as a novel filth fly repellent by Zhu JJ1, Zeng XP, Berkebile D, DU HJ, Tong Y, Qian K.(PubMed)
(2) Nepetalactones from essential oil of Nepeta cataria represent a stable fly feeding and oviposition repellent by Zhu JJ1, Berkebile DR, Dunlap CA, Zhang A, Boxler D, Tangtrakulwanich K, Behle RW, Baxendale F, Brewer G.(PubMed)