Herbal Remedies

10 Herbs That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes And Fleas

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Summers are time to enjoy the heat and sunny days but unfortunately this season houses bugs, mosquitoes, flies and insects all over the place. Be it your garden or home, these fleas can cause nuisance around the place. There are a host of natural herbs available that can be planted in the house, indoors or in the garden and the fresh leaves can be plucked and used onto the skin to keep bugs away. They can be planted between flower beds and in the kitchen garden and their strong aroma can ward off unwanted bugs and insects.

Some Herbs That Act As Natural Repellents Are

Lemon Balm

This herb resembles the leaves of the mint and can be easily grown in the garden and spread quickly covering the whole area. As opposed to mint, this have a strong lemony flavor and smell. It contains citronellol which is the compound responsible for giving lemon balm its aroma and flavor and helps in warding off all insects and mosquitoes away. Lemon balm leaves can be brewed for taste, digestive properties and relaxation abilities but only sipping the tea will not keep pests away.The leaves have to be crushed and applied on the areas of the skin that are prone to insect bites, like the exposed areas.

Lemon Balm

Citronella

This herb is used for making insect repellents, grows 5-6 feet tall,has leaves that are like blades of grass and has a strong lemony scent. It should be used cautiously as it can cause irritation to the skin. They can be grown between plants where we dont wants insects lurking around as its strong smell can scare mosquitoes and bugs away.

citronella

Mint

This herb can effectively keep moths, pests, ants, mice and beetles away. It can be easily grown in a pot near the window or in the garden and the fresh leaves can be rubbed onto the skin if there are mosquitoes around.

mint

Basil

A powerful herb, a great seasoning for dishes and also a natural repellent. The smell of this plant can ward off mosquitoes and flies and gardeners recommend planting the lemon basil or the cinnamon basil for use as a repellent.

Basil

Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are used as a spice to add flavor to curries and dishes. We can dry the leaves and put them in containers containing pulses and grains. They will not attract flies and insects. Grow the plant in the garden to keep it free of unwanted roaches and insects.

bay

Catnip

This herb is the favorite of cats and hence the name. These should not be grown between other plants as they attract cats who could roll in and spoil them.A mix of rosemary and catnip can be made into a spray to sprinkle on the skin or corners that are prone to roaches and insects. Catnip leaves can be rubbed into the skin to keep the flies away.

catnip

Lavender

This beautiful looking herb can add life to the living room owing to its bright and nice blue and purple shade. It is a strong calming effects on the mind and is also a natural repellent to moths, fleas, and flies. Lavender herbs can be dried and made into sachets to keep in drawers and bedsides to keep mosquitoes and flies away.

Lavender

Rosemary

Rosemary herb should find its place in the kitchen garden as it acts as a natural repellent to carrot flies, snails, beetles and cabbage loopers any many other insects that can damage the kitchen harvests. Rosemary herb can be added to the fire, and its aroma will ward off insects and pests in the vicinity.

rosemary

Marigold

Add color to your garden by planting marigold plants and keep the insects and flies away. They can be planted between vegetable crops and insects will not lurk around except pretty butterflies. The flowers are used for decoration and are edible and can be used for garnishing dishes.

marigold

Citrosum

Though not as effective as the herbs mentioned above, this perennial herb is used to ward mosquitoes away by rubbing it on the skin. It is sometimes known as the mosquito plant because of its strong smell and is heavily marketed as an insect repellent.

citrosum



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