FORGET THE SPRAY – 9 PLANTS THAT NATURALLY KEEP MOSQUITOS AWAY
There’s nothing more annoying than mosquitoes when you’re trying to enjoy nature. Of course, they are part of the same nature, but the itching caused by their bite is not exactly pleasant. There are many anti-mosquito solutions on the market which are usually ineffective, which is why we recommend the following natural remedies to keep the mosquitoes away.
Besides giving cats a natural high, catnip is a great natural repellent, and according to a study, it is 10 times more effective against mosquitoes than DEET! However, if you’re planting it in your garden, make sure you keep its distance from other plants so cats don’t trample your garden.
- Lemon thyme
Ontario’s University of Guelph says that applying crushed lemon thyme leaves on your skin can reduce mosquito bites by 62%, which can be a great solution when on a picnic.
Lavender has calming effects which can relieve stress, anxiety, indigestion, nausea, minor skin burns, breathing problems, pain and skin blemishes. The plant can also keep mosquitoes away from the leaves of your other plants as well, making it a great natural repellent.
Basil is a wonderful plant to have in your kitchen and garden as well. Cinnamon basil is considered as the best mosquito repellent, so get some and get rid of the pests for good.
- Lemon balm
Lemon balm is surely nice to keep around – it has amazing healing properties and can keep mosquitoes at bay. You can use the plant for treatment of PMS, cramps, digestive and sleeping problems as well. However, lemon balm can be somewhat aggressive and may try to take over your garden, so make sure you’re keeping it confined to an area or a pot.
Lemongrass is a great ornament for any home and can grow 2-4 feet in height. The plant contains a natural oil called citronella, which is the main ingredient in most mosquito repellent candles. The plant works by masking the scent of people which makes it hard for the pests to sniff out your skin. Put a line of lemongrass around your yard to create a natural barrier against them.
Marigolds look great in your garden and can also repel different bugs including mosquitoes. They have a nice aroma known as pyrethrum which will keep the pests at bay.
Besides being used in cooking and as a natural cleaning product and insect repellent, rosemary is a known memory booster which can give you a mental boost when needed. According to studies, inhaling the scent of rosemary instantly boosts your focus and memory by 75%. Plant one in your garden to keep mosquitoes away and boost your memory whenever you need.
Garlic is probably the best remedy against colds and flu, but not many people know that planting it in your garden can also keep mosquitoes away as they hate the smell. Having garlic in your garden will naturally defend you from the pests and give you a steady supply of one of the healthiest vegetables out there.