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Handmade Organic Mosquito Repellent (HOMeR)

The Thai lemon grass in our herb garden grows nearly two inches a day -- and we found it keeps the mosquitoes away. We've also found that it's an effective herbal anti-fungal medicine (lemongrass tea) and in Puerto Rico people use the fibrous stalks as a natural toothbrush! But how can its essence be extracted and preserved without losing its magic? We use a tincture we make with Chinese brandy. It works well -- but can you find a better way?


  • Herbs, food and medicines
  • Botany, chemistry
  • Threatened plant resources

"The world's most dangerous animal is the mosquito." – BBC World Service health program: millions die every year of malaria, and with increasing drug resistance, the problem is worsening, while attempts to control the mosquitoes with pesticides have proved ineffective.

  • three-quarters of modern medical drugs are plant-based
  • most plant species haven't yet been studied for their potential medical benefits
  • thousands of plant species are lost forever each year because of deforestation and industrialized farming methods.

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