29 Aug '15, 2pm

Sweetgrass offers all-natural relief from mosquitos

Sweetgrass offers all-natural relief from mosquitos

Itching to get some relief from swarms of mosquitoes ? Scientists have found a new compound that helps to repel those pesky insects. But it turns out, it's really not so new. Sweetgrass has been shown in laboratory tests to deter insects as well as or better than most commercially available bug sprays. And Native Americans have known about it for centuries. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released their findings at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston. USDA chemist Charles Cantrell explained that when they went in search of new mosquito repellents, they decided to look at what has worked in the past. "We found that in our search for new insect repellents, folk remedies have provided good leads," said Cantrell in a news release from the American Chemical Society . Native Americans have used sweetgrass oils to combat ins...

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