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Fantastic way to soothe sunburn and insect bites!!!
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mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 05 10:08 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

will give it a try tomorrow!

nettie



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 05 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It really works Mrs N, and it has antiseptic and antifungal properties too, so is good for the odd outbreak of candida albicans, if you get my drift.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 05 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have many midgy bites at the mo!

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is there anything which can be applied to discorage midgys?

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

swallows?

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


funny you should mention swallows......we have a nest here! Fascinating stuff!!!

ouch!
Dxx
Got the glycerine.just need to go to Guisborough for rest of ingrediants! May look in the charity shops whilst I am there.....rude not to!

Andrea



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrsnesbitt wrote:
Is there anything which can be applied to discorage midgys?



I made something using feverfew once, but can't remeber exactly how.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I thought gin contained something that repels things, or is it the tonic? Best have some gin in it anyway for the antibacterial properties.

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wasn't gin invented to make the tonic water bareable to drink? or was it the other was round?

Juniper berries are supposed to be quite an effective contraceptive though.

Andrea



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Northern_Lad wrote:
Juniper berries are supposed to be quite an effective contraceptive though.


I can quite understand that. I'm told that when I've drunk too much gin I'm not attractive in the slightest

tawny owl



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrsnesbitt wrote:
Is there anything which can be applied to discorage midgys?


Something with citronella? It seems to work with most biters.

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Andrea wrote:
Northern_Lad wrote:
Juniper berries are supposed to be quite an effective contraceptive though.


I can quite understand that. I'm told that when I've drunk too much gin I'm not attractive in the slightest


I think gin's supposed to be an abortifacient rather than a contraceptive IIRC.

Dunc



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My mum made an anti midge potion based around tea tree oil - it even worked for my dad walking teh west highland way in late summer.

Unfortunately, tea tree oil is the only ingredient I can remember, but I'll ask at the weekend.

nettie



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, tea tree is effective, and lavender too, so you might find, Mrs N, that your wash keeps them at bay as well.

Other good 'uns are citronella, fennel, neem, and eucalyptus, and all of the above form the basis of my horsey fly repellent. They're mixed with cold tea and vinegar. Mind you if you use this on yourself you'll repel your mates as well as the midgeys!!

alison
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gin was put in the tonic to make the tonic more drinkable, and tonic has quinine, which is good for malaria.

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