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Scientists Confirm Folk Remedy Repels Mosquitoes

Native Mississippi plant, the American Beautyberry has been shown by scientists to actually be very effective against mosquitoes. This is a great relief to people who are concerned with insect borne diseases such as West Nile Virus and are interested in more natural ways of warding off insects without having to subject themselves or their loved ones to harsh chemicals like DEET.

“My grandfather would cut branches with the leaves still on them and crush the leaves, then he and his brothers would stick the branches between the harness and the horse to keep deerflies, horseflies and mosquitoes away,” said Charles T. Bryson, an ARS botanist in Stoneville, Miss. “I was a small child, maybe 7 or 8 years old, when he told me about the plant the first time. For almost 40 years, I’ve grabbed a handful of leaves, crushed them and rubbed them on my skin with the same results.”

“Traditional folklore remedies many times are found to lead nowhere following scientific research,” he continued. “The beautyberry plant and its ability to repel mosquitoes is an exception. We actually identified naturally occurring chemicals in the plant responsible for this activity."

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crossposted to ethnobotanpharm and apothecarium
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