I: INSECT REPELLENT HERBS
Herbs are good for more than cooking. Many have useful medicinal properties. And some are good for their insect repellent properties. Are you tired of using so many chemicals in your life and on your body? Try some of these concoctions instead.
Wellness Mama has an excellent post with Homemade Bug Spray Recipes.
DIY Natural also has a top notch post with Natural Homemade Insect Repellents.
Web MD has a page that discusses Alternative Mosquito Repellents
For a list of plants with mosquito repellent properties to plant in your garden, Natural Living Ideas has information on their Top Eleven plants: Citronella, Lemon Balm, Catnip, Marigolds, Basil, Lavender, Peppermint, Garlic, Pennyroyal, Rosemary, and Geranium.
I’ve got lots of garlic this year, but other than that, I only have one peppermint and two small rosemary plants. Our flooding last year drowned most of my rosemary and all of my lavender, which I haven’t replaced yet. I had lemon balm and catnip, but they died out a few years back. It looks like I’m out of here…and off to the nursery. Mama’s got some planting to do!
Do you have any of these growing in your garden? Have you noticed if they’ve helped with keeping mosquitoes at bay?