Mosquito repellents are a must, especially in the summer when we want to spend as much time as we can outdoors. Here are some delightful flowers and herbs to plant in the yard that will work as a natural mosquito repellent. Each of these all natural plants will also work effectively as an essential oil, diluted into a spray, rubbed onto the skin, used as an incense, or placed throughout a garden as dry leaves or living plants. Head on over to your local nursery or grocery store and be sure to pick up one or more of these wonderful natural mosquito repellent plants!
Another benefit of using natural plants is that you don’t have to use harsh chemicals such as DEET to protect your skin. Some of these natural ingredients even work BETTER than DEET. Steer clear of chemicals, and go all natural with these home remedies that work great for skin, for your yard, for your pets, and for the kids!
The natural mosquito repellent that is environmentally friendly, cheap, and easy to find!
1. Basil is a natural mosquito repellent
Basil is a common ingredient to cure many ailments. It only makes sense that one of its many uses is also to ward off mosquitos. The mosquitos avoid the scent, so rub on some fresh leaves, or use a basil oil. Keep it nearby if you’re entertaining outdoors.
2. Peppermint is a natural mosquito repellent
Peppermint is a favorite among homemade remedies and cures. Use the leaves or the oil as leaves for a natural mosquito repellent or for a very relaxing aromatherapy. Use in moderation, and dilute the oil as not to irritate the skin.
3. Rosemary is a natural mosquito repellent
Rosemary leaves and oil are another wonderful herb that will repel mosquitos. Plant a small rosemary bush in a small pot indoors, and enjoy all the benefits: a flower, a herb, an indoor plant, but most of all – an all natural mosquito repellent!
4. Catnip is a natural mosquito repellent
Catnip has been recognized as the strongest natural insect repellent. In fact, catnip is 10 times stronger than DEET (the commonly used ingredient in insect repellent) according to this source. Plant it everywhere in your garden to ward off pests or grab an essential oil and use the aroma to repel mosquitoes.
5. Lavender is a natural mosquito repellent
Lavender is another herb used for repelling mosquitoes. This one’s agreeable aroma is wonderful for humans, but not so nice to mosquitoes. Try lavender candles or burning lavender incense to drive away mosquitoes and enjoy the relaxing scent, bug-free. Planting lavender around your home or yard, or using essential oils will work too.
6. Marigold is a natural mosquito repellent
If you are having some major mosquito issues in your house, have you considered planting some marigolds in your garden? Marigold is a natural mosquito repellent. No need to rub on oils or creams with this plant, just grow it in your garden and let the marigolds do the work.
7. Garlic is a natural mosquito repellent
Oh garlic, sweet garlic… Renowned to heal or prevent diseases, the kitchen loves it and chef loves it more. However, mosquito hates it! Garlic is a very cheap but a very effective natural mosquito repellent that you can easily find everywhere! You can create a homemade garlic spray to repel mosquitoes in a large area (perfect for outdoor) and some garlic gel or your homemade garlic paste that you can apply to your skin (in moderation). Garlic, unlike many of the other options, has a very strong, and not so sweet, odor. This option works great if you don’t mind the scent lingering. Click here to learn more garlic benefits.