- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - Scientists say sweetgrass, the thin grass woven into baskets by slaves and their descendants for centuries along Southeast coast, seems to repel mosquitoes.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (https://bit.ly/1NAtc7Y ) a report on the topic was released this month at the American Chemical Society.

Chemist Charles Cantrell found chemicals in sweetgrass oil give off a sweet aroma that repels mosquitoes. One of the chemicals is the same as one used in commercial repellents.

The report was based on research into Native American tribes wearing sweetgrass and hanging it in their homes.

It’s been harder to find sweetgrass in the Southeast because of rapid coastal development. The newspaper reported if research shows promise that sweetgrass can repel mosquitoes, patches of the grass could be protected or farmed.


Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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