2011
DOI: 10.2174/1874407901105010045
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Essential Oil from Bush Mint, Hyptis suaveolens, is as Effective as DEET for Personal Protection against Mosquito Bites

Abstract: Concern about the deleterious effects associated with synthetic chemicals has revived interest to explore plants as a source of natural insecticides for mosquito control. Ethnobotanical studies conducted in Kenya on plant species including bush mint, Hyptis suaveolens Poit., showed that many of them repel mosquitoes effectively when burned overnight in rooms. Recent field works conducted with H. suaveolens essential oil have demonstrated the potential of this essential oil as mosquito repellent. The present wo… Show more

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“…Hyptis suaveolens repellence was highest in the first hour for 30% and 20% concentration. This is in agreement with the study done by (Abagvi and Alavo, 2011) that repellence was high in the first 15 minutes to 1 hour of study and that study. Also according to them, it was shown that low concentration of Hyptis suaveolens essential oil induced maximal repellency rate against Anopheles gambiae.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 94%
“…Hyptis suaveolens repellence was highest in the first hour for 30% and 20% concentration. This is in agreement with the study done by (Abagvi and Alavo, 2011) that repellence was high in the first 15 minutes to 1 hour of study and that study. Also according to them, it was shown that low concentration of Hyptis suaveolens essential oil induced maximal repellency rate against Anopheles gambiae.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 94%
“…Hyptis suaveolens (L.) Poit, a potential anti-feedant plant product belongs to the family laminaceae [18]. Ethnobotanical studies conducted in Kenya on H. suaveolens showed that, the plant can repel mosquitoes effectively when burned overnight in rooms [19] and [20] also in his phytochemical and Ethnobotanical database refers to the plant as insect repellant. H. suaveolens is used for some Ethnobotanical applications in rural communities [21][22][23] and [24] and the plant is readily available close to villages, along roadsides, on farm steads etc [25].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…However, DEET has an unpleasant odor, can damage plastics and synthetic rubber and exhibits a high level of skin penetration [2]. Moreover, concerns have been raised over the safety of DEET and other synthetic compounds [3]; hence, plantbased products have become increasingly popular as safe and biodegradable mosquito repellents [4].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%