How do the oils work to repel insects?
Spice plants get their strong odors from their chemical
structure: They consist of small molecules that evaporate easily.
Their chemical structure also allows spice extracts to easily penetrate cell
membranes in places like the brains of bugs.
By blocking or over-stimulating these molecules or their receptors, essential oils cause insects to become hyper or fly away.
People, pets and other animals don't have the same messenger molecules in their brains, making extracts that harm insects safe for us. Scientists are now eyeing these brain processes as targets for synthetic pesticides.
"Some of these essential oils have really outstanding repellency," said Joel Coats, an entomologist and toxicologist at Iowa State University in Ames. "If we can understand how they work at a biochemical level, we may be able to use them more readily, and that's a really important step right now."
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THE DANGERS OF DEET:DEET has been linked to neurological problems; according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse neurological effects, as well as the deaths of two adults, have been associated with DEET. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found that DEET causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats. DEET has been shown to have a negative impact on wildlife and water sources in production and during use. DEET is toxic to birds and aquatic life. DEET has been found in approximately 75 percent of U.S. water
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ROSEMARY TO THE RESCUE!!!
Boost Mental Activity: Rosemary essential oil is an excellent
brain and nerve tonic. It is often used by students during exam times as it
increases concentration and helps in studying efficiently. It stimulates mental
activity and is a good remedy for depression, mental fatigue and forgetfulness. Inhaling rosemary oil lifts your spirits immediately. Whenever your brain is tired, inhale rosemary oil to remove boredom and get fresh mental energy.
Pain Relief: The ability of rosemary essential oil to
relieve pain has resulted in its extensive usage in headaches, muscle pains,
sore muscles, rheumatism and even arthritis. Massaging the part which is in pain with rosemary essential oil give relief from the pain. Vapor baths with rosemary oil is found to be effective for rheumatism. I inhale for headache relief!
Aroma: Rosemary has a mesmerizing aroma and hence rosemary
essential oil is an excellent inhalant. The oil is used in room fresheners,
cosmetics, beauty aids, food, bath oil, candles and perfumes due to its aroma.
The oil, when inhaled brings mental energy and also clears the respiratory
Respiratory Problems: The benefits of rosemary essential oil in treating respiratory problems are unmatched. The scent of the oil gives relief from throat congestion. The oil is used in treating respiratory illnesses, cold, sore throat and flu. Since rosemary
oil is antiseptic it is effective for respiratory infections as well. The oil is antispasmodic!
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