Buy Bog Myrtle to help Midgeaway the Midges
The (possible) miracle of Myrica Gale, which is also known as Bog Myrtle or Sweet Gale, is that it is reported to contain a property that can help keep midges away, hence our project name of Myrical Midgeaway.
Based in the southwest of Scotland where we are surrounded by forest, lochs and bog land, we are cultivating our Bog Myrtle (Myrica Gale) and other aromatic herbs in an attempt to avoid the annual attacks by the winged, tiny terrorists known as Scottish midges. The results of everything we try will be catalogued here - the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Use the contact button at the top of the page if you would like to buy bog myrtle - it will be hand harvested to order and can be supplied freshly cut or dried.
Our land development project is called Frugaldom. As an outdoor wilderness situated on bog land, working out there during summer is always going to be a trial. Between clegs, horseflies and midges, the great outdoors in Scotland can become a nightmare for some, so we want to help fight the midge attacks by creating a wilderness project that can be enjoyed by all.
I'm not saying this idea will ever succeed, only that the plan is to try to help make the working conditions as comfortable as possible for all concerned. We're trying an all natural combination of our own Bog Myrtle and other homegrown herbs and hoping for a "myrical".
How to avoid being bitten by Scottish midges
The trials and tribulations of our brave and frugal volunteers, as they faced the ravages of the hungry Scottish midges this summer during visits to the Frugaldom project and nearby campsites and holiday parks.
Midge Alert - Trials
- Bog Myrtle branches were hung or strewn around doors and windows
- Bog Myrtle leaves were dried and crushed, then infused in Grapeseed oil - as a skin rub
- Bog Myrtle, freshly cut, was infused in basic shampoo
- Bog Myrtle, freshly cut, was simmered to provide a vapour and subsequent 'tea', which was used as a spray
- Bog Myrtle leaves, freshly plucked, were crushed and rubbed directly onto the skin while working out at the field
- We enrolled to take part in the 2015 Scottish Midge Count, trapping and sending off sample cards to AS Biocontrol Ltd., who also run the midge forecast site.
Midge Alert - Results