These little creatures really suck, literally! If you are one of those individuals that attract mosquitoes with your pheromones, you know exactly what I mean. Mosquitoes carry a multitude of different diseases; nowadays, one of the most prevalent is the zika virus. It is seen to be very dangerous for pregnant women. Thanks to mother nature, there are natural remedies that can be used as a repellent for mosquitoes to protect ourselves without having to use the chemicals.
The following plants oils are well known as natural repellents:
- Lemon Eucalyptus oil is very effective as a mosquito repellent.
- Lavender prevents mosquitos bites and also calms and soothes skin. It can grow in your outside garden or indoor planters. By crushing the flowers and applying it to sensitive areas of the body, such as the ankles and arms, you are protecting from these pestering insects.
- Cinnamon oil has the ability to kill mosquito eggs. First, dilute some cinnamon oil with water. Afterward, you can simply spray it onto your skin and around your yard to repel mosquitoes.
- Thyme oil is known to be as one of the best repellents for the malarial mosquito. You can mix some drops of the thyme oil with olive or jojoba oil and water in order to make a spray.
- Soybean oil is another good repellent. It works best when mixed with lemongrass oil.
A recipe for dried or fresh herbs to use as a repellent against mosquitoes:
- Distilled water
- Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
- Dried herbs: peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, and lavender.
- Boil 1 cup of water.
- In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp of dried herbs and 1 tbsp of cloves.
- Combine the contents of the small bowl with the boiling water.
- Cover the herbal water mixture for a few minutes and then let it cool.
- The cover is important to preserve the heat from the boiling water in order to extract the oil from the herbs.
- Mix with the contents with 1 cup of hazel or alcohol.
- Store in a spray bottle.
Plants to Mention
I’d like to name a few plants that you can have in your garden to add beauty while simultaneously repelling mosquitoes. If you plant this in your garden, their aroma will do the job for you.
Citrosa has an attractive foliage and is a mosquito fighter with a lemony scent.
Lemon balm releases a soothing smell caused by high levels of citronellal which gives it its citrusy odor and flavor that repels mosquitoes.
Lantana also called white – sage, grows in any soil. It is a perennial flowering plant in the verbena family.
The lime basil is a culinary herb and a medicinal plant as well. It is very effective as an organic mosquito repellent.
Stone root is from the mint family with a noticeable smell of lemon that drives mosquitoes away. It can easily grows in most soil conditions.