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Oregano Extract As Mosquito-Repellant

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Erica Caitlin Carpio

on 3 March 2014

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Oregano Extract As Mosquito-Repellant
Research Method
The experimental method was used in this study. Since the study was concerned in finding out the feasibility of using oregano for a mosquito repellant, the experimental method was the most appropriate to use.
The dependent variable of the study is the mosquito, and the independent variable is the mosquito-repellant candle.

Research Design
Materials used in preparation of oregano oil
8 kg. of oregano leaves
Steam distillation bottle
1 10 ml. bottle/flask
Materials used in mixing the oregano oil extract and candle wax
I kg. wax (melted)
Oregano extract

Oregano leaves
Oregano Oil
Melted Wax
Statement of the problem
This study specially sought to answer the following

Can the oregano extract be made into a candle?
Is the oregano extract effective enough to be made into a mosquito-repellent candle?
Is the oregano extract mosquito-repellent candle be proved effective or safe to use?
Is there a significant difference between the commercial mosquito-repelling product and the oregano extract mosquito-repelling candle in terms of:
Side Effects

DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources)
This study will not harm the environment so there will be less possibility that it will cause pollution.

Significance of the study
This study will provide benefits to the lives of different people. The benefactors of this study are the following
This study will be a big help for those individuals who are having a bad time with mosquitoes. It will terminate mosquitoes thus it will not cost them much money. It can lessen bad side effects in the body for it is more natural than other mosquito-repellants.

DOH (Department of Health)
This study can help DOH’s fight against mosquito diseases (such as dengue and malaria). This can be used as tool of information in creating a material that can fight the said diseases.

This study will lessen the number of individual harmed by mosquito diseases. It will help in slowing down the spreading of mosquitoes in the community resulting to fever victims of mosquito diseases. They can also make their own mosquito-repellants in an easy way. By doing this, they can save money.

A. Preparing the Wax
1. For this study, the researchers will use paraffin wax since it is good for beginners because it melts quickly, is cheap and is easily colored or scented. One pound of paraffin wax by weight will equal approximately 20 oz of liquid melted wax. Paraffin wax is the traditional wax for candle making and is still by far the most popular wax. However, it should be noted that the chemicals that are emitted when this wax is melted could be irritating to some people.
2. Put together a double boiler. You cannot put candle wax directly on heat. It must be melted slowly or it may catch fire or evaporate. Fill a large pot or pan halfway with water. Place a smaller pot or pan in the larger one. This smaller pot is the one you will melt the wax in.
3. Cut or shred your wax into chunks or shavings. Smaller chunks of wax melt better than larger chunks. By using smaller pieces, you will also ensure that the wax melts at an even rate.

Steam Distillation Set-up
B. Melting the Wax
1. Place the wax chunks or shavings in the smaller pot or pan. Turn the heat to high so that the water boils. The boiling water will slowly melt the wax.
2. Use a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature of the wax. Paraffin wax should be melted until it reaches between 122 and 140°F (50 and 60°C).
3. Add scent to your melted wax. The scent used was the oregano extract. Stir well.
4. Place a wick in the center of the candle mold. The wick should be in the center of the candle mold with about two inches sticking out of the candle. You can adhere the wick to the bottom of your tin using double-stick adhesive.

Molding the Wax
1. Prepare your molds. You can use tins, mason jars, old teacups, really any sort of container that you know can withstand heat. Metal tins are generally the safest way to go but as long as you know your container can stand up to heat, you can really use whatever you like.
2. Pour the melted wax into the mold. Pour slowly so that it does not spill over. Make sure not to knock the wick out of the mold accidentally. You are the judge of how full you want your molds to be.
3. Cool the wax. It is best to cool them for a full 24 hours if possible. The longer you let them cool, the better they will be. Paraffin candles generally take 24 hours to cool.
4. Remove the wax from the mold and trim the wick to within a quarter inch of the top of the candle. This will help contain the flame, as a longer wick will cause the flame to be too large.
5. Light the wick, burn your candle and enjoy your masterpiece.
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