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