Have you ever decided to enjoy your outdoor space only to be chased indoors by mosquitos? Unfortunately, I have experienced this unpleasant scenario many times over. It also doesn’t help that most commercial repellents out there are toxic. Hence for my new garden, I am growing natural mosquito repellents. This will allow me to hang out and relax in my new urban garden without being assaulted by blood-sucking insects. The good news is that there are plenty of plant and herbs that are mosquito repellents, some of which are a staple in my cooking. Let’s take a closer look.
The citronella grass, also known as Cymbopogon nardus, is one of the most prolific plants marketed as a mosquito repellent. Citronella essential oil has a fragrance that hides scents that typically attract mosquitos.
Lemon balm is a common herb that belongs to the mint family. It is one of the top herbs for sleep, and it can also be used to relieve gastrointestinal problems. Moreover, it is also known as a mosquito repellent. To prevent mosquito bites, grab a handful of leaves and crush them to release the essential oils. Then rub the crushed leaves on exposed skin.
Catnip also contains essential oils that repel mosquitos. This herb has the compound nepetalactone, which researchers suggest is more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitos . It works against different types of mosquitos and even cockroaches.
Marigold is one of my favorite plants to grow because it’s multifunctional. It is edible, nutritious, medicinal, and aromatic. If you are craving a healthy floral tea, marigold is a great choice. Moreover, it can attract beneficial insects such as bees, but repel undesirable ones including mosquitos.
Basil is one of the most utilized herbs in the kitchen. It can add flavor and aroma to pasta, pizzas, and salads. If you want to boost your immunity, basil tea can also help. Essential oils from basil can be extracted and made into a mosquito repellent spray. The great things about this herb are that it can grow pretty much year-round, especially in California.
Lavender essential oil is known for its therapeutic potentials. It is one of the top herbs for sleep, and it can be consumed in a variety of ways. This flowering plant also has a very strong aroma that people love, but mosquitos hate. Grown in a garden, it can really help manage mosquito problems.
Peppermint’s strong fragrance is enjoyable, and I like to make tea from fresh leaves. It turns out that this herb also works as a mosquito repellent. Its essential oil gives off an odor that mosquitos just don’t like at all. To utilize it as a repellent, simply crush the leaves and apply to exposed skin.
Garlic’s essential oil is very aromatic, and for this reason, its widely utilized in culinary practice. Even more, this spice also has outstanding medicinal properties. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial. It can even repel mosquitos and harmful pests in your garden. To grow it, it is as easy as sticking garlic cloves in a soil medium.
Rosemary has a wide application in culinary practice and herbal medicine. When grown in the garden, it supplies fresh herbs for years. It’s also useful in managing mosquito problems. The best part is that rosemary mosquito repellent recipe is very easy to make. It’s also much safer than commercial products that contain DEET.
Sage also belongs to the mint family, and like its relatives, it has an aroma that deters mosquitos. You can purchase sage essential oil for a DIY bug spray but growing it will give you a long-lasting supply. Plus, it can add a lot of flavor to your cooking.