Mosquito season is upon us – keep those suckers at bay with neem soap! Do be careful though, because neem oil is stinky. That is why I recommend the one Ten Thousand Villages sells.
The percentage of neem oil in this soap is comparatively low and they blend it with other aromatic oils so it actually smells good. Great price point too at $4.50. And the Indian women who make it are provided with family housing and education for their children!
I discovered this gem by accident. When Chris and I were dating, he lived near Virginia-Highland (in Atlanta) and his parking spot was next to a ratty mosquito-infested bush. It seemed that every time we were driving off to dinner, a welt was forming on my face (once resulting in a sexy asymmetrical bee-stung look on my mouth) in addition to the dozen on my body. Then one evening, on our way out, I noticed I wasn’t itching. I traced it back to my new soap. I researched the ingredients and sure enough, neem repels mosquitoes.
I have also used it sparingly on Lucas although for the most part they leave him alone without any treatments.
WARNING – I haven’t read of any side effects when using neem oil externally. But when ingested in the wrong dosage or by the wrong person (a pregnant woman or child for example) it can have serious side effects. So watch your kids around it to make sure they don’t have a nibble!
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