Compounds in the leaves of the American beautyberry plant (Callicarpa americana) apparently help ward off biting insects.
Here’s hoping they find a way to turn this into a product. Anything has to be better than citronella spray. Yech.
Speaking of natural remedies, if you apply the juice from jewel weed (Impatiens capensisto) a fresh mosquito bite, it won’t swell up or itch.
I mention jewel weed in my novel.
Deanâ€™s driveway was so narrow that tree branches whipped the side of Maiseyâ€™s car as we drove in. I noticed the piles of brush Iâ€™d helped him move off of it after the ice storm were half-hidden now by brambles and, in the wetter places, tall pale clumps of jewel weed.
[tags] natural insect repellent [/tags]