9 Awesome Plants that will help keep Mosquitoes away!

Getting bit by Mosquitoes is never fun, but with the changing seasons its only a matter of time before they will wake up and start buzzing around you and your home.

To avoid getting bit most people will turn to chemical bug sprays to keep these guys away but why not use nature’s natural defense against these insects and pick up some of these incredible plants!

1. Lemon Thyme

11-2-Simple-Essential-Oil-Recipes-for-Seasonal-Allergies.jpg CAROLThe University of Guelph from Ontario did a study that found that when you crush leaves from the lemon thyme plant it reduced mosquito bites by 62%!

2. Lavender

Lavender is an incredible plant that you will want to have around your home regardless of the effects on mosquitos. It is great for helping us heal skin blemishes, pain, anxiety, agitation, minor burns, nausea, vomiting and respiratory issues.

When you grow this plant in your flower, herb or vegetable garden it helps to keep the bugs away protecting you and the other plants. Enjoy its natural defenses while also using its incredible medicinal value as a calming tea or healing lotion as well.

3. Lemon Balm

lemon balm- kirstenLemon Balm is an incredible plant that is easy to grow and can be made into an incredible herbal tea which can help with cramps, PMS, digestive complaints, and sleeping problems. Even if you are new to gardening this plant is hardy and will try to take over your garden if you let it. It will be a great help in keeping those mosquitoes at bay!

4. Basil

Basil is not only great for cooking but it will help keep the mosquitos away too. Though there are many different types of basic experts suggest that you stick with cinnamon basil or lemon basil to help dissuade the insects from knocking down your door.

5. Lemongrass

This ornamental grass can get around 2-4 feet tall so place it in an area that it can naturally expand. It contains a natural oil known as citronella which will keep mosquitoes away. The smell keeps the mosquitoes distracted so they don’t notice any tasty meals behind the natural shield of lemongrass.

6. Catnip

All of your furry little cat friends will be thrilled that you decided to plant this incredible antimosquito plant! One study found that catnip is actually up to 10 times more powerful than DEET when it comes to keeping unwanted insects away. Just make sure that if you decide to plant catnip in your yard that you keep it away from your flowers or garden since all the cats in the neighborhood will want to visit it often. No one wants a smashed garden!

12933067_499144386953095_2708995304859074912_n7. Rosemary

Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs! Not only do I love the smell but sniffing this plant can increase your memory and concentration by 75%. You can use it in your cooking and your medicinal herbal teas.

This incredible plant is great in your garden because it keep unwanted insects including mosquitos away!

8. Garlic

Garlic tastes great in cooking and can even be used to fight infections. But did you know that having garlic in your flower bed or garden can actually help protect it and yourself against mosquitos? More of a reason to set up your very own garden this year, even if it’s just something small on your front porch.

9. Marigolds

This beautiful and brightly colored flowering plant not only looks great but it helps to repel insects. It tends to put off an aroma from their natural ingredient pyrethrum that the bugs really don’t like. You can use these to border your yard and the mosquitoes may think twice before even entering!

If you do get bit try using a banana peel in order to quickly soothe the itching and heal quickly, that is what I always use.

Let us know in the comments below what you do you keep the mosquitos away and still have fun in the sun.

Sources:

www.backyardboss.net

naturallivingideas.com

hortmag.com

homeguides.sfgate.com

wikipedia.org/wiki/DEET

herbwisdom.com

Written By

Kirsten is a writer who loves to practice vipassana meditation, yoga, travel, and learning about nature, consciousness, and how to make the world a better place. Her current interests involve studying and practicing flow, staying In Flow, and recognizing the natural flow of the universe. Kirsten loves to learn about the holistic healing arts. She is also interested in ancient cultures and practices such as Druidism. Kirsten is honored to be apart of such an incredible movement of love and heart centered living in this world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

+ 24 = 29