Mozzie Blocker

Scientific Name: 
Leptospermum liversidgei
Family Name: 
Myrtaceae
Place of Origin: 
Australia
Plant Description: 
Also known as Lemon Scented Teatree, a medium size shrub with small flowers and leaves that have a soft lemon scent.
Plant Height: 
Up to 4m
Plant Use: 
Edible
Beverage
Oil
Repellent
Of Interest: 
The dried leaves are used for teas and added to food. This plant is also used as a repellant to keep the mozzies away. Dr Cameron Webb, Medical Entomologist (Syd Uni & NSW Health) says Leptospermum and Melaleuca species can provide protection from mozzies for a limited time, but better results can be found by using blends of essential oils from these and other plants. There is a study here ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19852219 ) which tested some Aussie essential oils vs DEET, but as we're in a low mosquito area, we're happy with the protection given to us by the natural insect repellent blends we make on the farm (including a mix of oils from tea tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella, lavender, geranium, rosemary and more). Even rubbing the leaves of certain species on our skin seems to give us short term protection from the bities.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Shrub
Climate: 
Cool
Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate

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