Neem Mosquito Repellent

The Neem tree offers up a free mosquito repellent from its leaves.

Neem Leaves

Adding 1% of Neem oil to a kerosene lamp can significantly reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. Although locally what many people will do is actually take the leaves (as shown in the Photo) and burn them in the early evening to smoke out and stop mosquitoes entering the home. There have been trials done in India that showed that Neem Oil Significantly Reduces The Risk Of Mosquito Bites. But more importantly has a stronger affect on anopheles species (the ones that transmit malaria). Which could literally be saving lives cheaply not just here in the Philippines but many other countries.

What I find interesting about using Neem as a Mosquito Repellent is that its easy to get hold of and also adaptable to even using for a cheap body protection by using around 2% in a mix of coconut oil applied to the skin. This has a very high success rate against most mosquitoes but more importantly against the malaria carrier species. We are going to start growing some Neem Seedlings if anyone is interested in purchasing one, but more importantly I encourage people to start using a natural mosquito repellent over the aerosols or other chemical formulas you come across. Need more proof?

During 1996 a trial was done in Delhi by the Malaria research centre they installed kerosene lamps in a village in India in which the Kerosene lamps had 1% neem oil that was left to burn from dusk until dawn. The tests showed that the malaria incidents dropped from 10 in 1000 to 1 in 1000. Once the lamps were removed from the homes the malaria returned and the infection rates went back to 10 in 1000.

For me its a typical symbolisation of how technologies are being lost that are natural over something that can be bought and sold. But also prevention is always better than cure but like here in the Philippines it doesn’t matter how much I do to prevent mosquito breeding if everyone else in the neighbourhood does nothing the numbers will always be here. For which wearing neem mosquito repellent by mixing the coconut oil and neem oil are as preventative as I can currently do but also people throwing on neem leaves when burning garbage will also help kill more mosquitos.

4 comments for “Neem Mosquito Repellent

  1. sheh
    September 13, 2011 at 11:47 am

    im interested in ur neem seddling? how much po? cebu po ba location nyo im from manila

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      September 17, 2011 at 2:16 am

      We don’t have seedlings at the moment but a good idea as we do have some seeds. I would be concerned in transportation though.

  2. Rick
    October 20, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Hello, I have enjoyed looking at your site.
    We are presently living on Leyte and come to Cube quite often.
    I am quite interested in the Neem products you mention.
    I am looking for an alternative to Deet and like your idea of Neem oil Coconut oil.
    You indicated that Neem oil is accessible however I am having no luck locating any.
    Any help or response you can give me will appreciated.
    In addition to email I also have MagicJack # on which a message can also be left if I don’t pick up.
    Thank you very much, I will spend more time viewing your very informative site.
    Rick Anthony, Palompon, Leyte

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      October 20, 2011 at 6:40 am

      You will no doubt have a department of agriculture building somewhere best place to ask is the Barangay hall as the department of agriculture also produce and sell plants sam as livestock. Neem trees are native to the Philippines and these would be the best places to source a supply of plants if not seeds.