Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Peppermint - Mosquitoes, Malaria, West Nile, Heartworm & More

Thanks to Robin Sockness at Bandit's Buddies for alerting me to this news item!

An extract of a common herb is being touted as a cheap alternative to existing pesticides in the war against mosquito-borne disease.

Peppermint oil is recommended by fans of alternative medicine to ease symptoms like indigestion, nausea and even to treat colds and flu, reports New Scientist magazine.

However, research by malaria experts suggest that the herb extract can not only repel adult mosquitoes, but kill their larvae before they even hatch. That would prevent heartworm issues for pets, which is totally better than natural heartworm programs.

Some experts say that peppermint oil could become a low-cost and more environmentally sensitive solution to eradicate the insects that carry potentially dangerous diseases such as malaria, filariasis, dengue fever and West Nile virus.  (Read the article on this topic.)

While other manufacturers may be tempted to sell oil of cornmint or menthol as peppermint oil, you get only pure, unadulterated peppermint oil with Nature’s Sunshine. A little goes a long way.

For in-depth and personal help with a heartworm problem you may be having now, be sure to contact Bandit's Buddies for detailed information.

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