Mosquito Repelling Herbs
2. Bee balm.
8. Lemon balm
Basil (Ocimum americanum) is a very aromatic and widely used herb. It can be found in almost any household. This plant has essential oils that mosquitoes happen to despise.
So having your basil around might not be such a bad idea.
The bee balm is a flowering plant that attracts hummingbirds, it has a strong pink color. The name tells us that it also attracts bees. The bee balm has essential oils just like the basil, so that when they are release the mosquitoes fly away.
Catnip is one of the traditional flu remedies. It is widely spread and cats seem to destroy it if it’s transplanted. Some people claim that the catnip is even better than some commercial mosquito sprays that they have been using. Cut the flower and boil it in water, the smell will surely make the mosquitoes fly away.
The Cymbopogon citrates or commonly known as lemongrass is a strong mosquito repellent. When crushed, the lemongrass releases oils. The oils can be used directly on the skin to make the mosquitoes stay away from you or you can mix the oils in water and spray your home.
If you have a garden and it’s unbearable to sit at night without getting mosquito bites then plant a clove. The clove tree is a natural mosquito repellent, or you can always use the oils from the clove to quickly repel mosquitoes.
The lavender has a strong scent that humans adore but mosquitoes not quite. Plant lavender in your garden on in your home, you can also use lavender oil. Apply some lavender oil to your skin and the mosquitoes won’t come anywhere near you.
A legend says that if you wear garlic no vampire can do you harm, well same thing for mosquitoes, after all, they are insects that drink human blood. Cut garlic and sprinkle it around your home, if you can’t stand the strong scent mix mashed garlic with aromatic oils and spritz.
Lemon balm comes from the mint herb family. It is used in cooking and flavoring teas. Many don’t know that the lemon balm can be used to repel mosquitoes. Simply crush lemon balm leaves and scrub them on your exposed skin.
The natural oil from the Eucalyptus keeps mosquitoes and other insects like sandflies, ticks, midges and stable flies away. If you are buying the eucalyptus oil make sure you test it on your skin, the oil should be gentle and shouldn’t cause any irritation.
Plant Rosemary in a pot or in your garden, it effectively keeps away the little hungry insects. Or you can mix it with different oils or formulas and apply it to your body. Example: add 1 cup dried rosemary to a quart of water, boil it in a pot for 20 to 30 minutes. Put the mixture in a spritzer and spritz yourself and your pets."