There is nothing worse than settling down in your backyard for a nice, relaxing evening only to be interrupted by the constant buzz and annoyance of mosquitoes! If you are anything like me, then mosquitoes love your blood and never have mercy when it comes to sucking you dry. Also mosquitoes are carrier of many diseases like malaria, dengue and chikengunia. To counter them we generally took chemical route; e.g. burning coils, sprays and creams. All these will save you from mosquitoes but have adverse effect on your heath. So rather then purchasing the chemical laden mosquito repellent products from the market consider adding these mosquito repellent plants to your garden, recommended by medical plant expert.
Most common plant of Indian household is an excellent repellent when grown nearby. Also you can use it’s essential oil as spray to repel mosquitoes. Consuming basil on daily basis also increases immunity of your body.
It is very effective mosquito repellent. It is better than commonly available mosquito repellent in market. Simply cut the flowers and boil them to make spray and use it whenever you want.
Another plant of Mint family is easy to grow. It is also a non-toxic alternative of chemicals, effective to keep mosquitoes away as one of its main ingredient, Nepetalactone, is 10x stronger than DEET( main ingredient of bug repellent).
4) Citronella Grass
It is beautiful perennial clumping grass that emits strong aroma. This aroma keeps mosquitoes away from things located near it. It’s leaves when crushed release an oil. this oil can be directly applied on skin or can be mixed with other oils to act as mosquito repellent.
5) Clove A natural mosquito repellent plant that you can use as planting in your garden or you can use clove oil as mosquito repellent.
6) Garlic Planting garlic in your garden is one way or you can cut up garlic and sprinkle it around your living area. However eating garlic doesn’t help in keeping mosquitoes away.
7) Lavender We love this purple flowering plant for its calming and soothing smell but mosquitoes do not love this scent. So plant it near your window to keep mosquitoes away and it can be also used as oil for applying on skin directly.
8) Lemon Balm
It is commonly used as flavoring agent in herbal tea. It is also an effective mosquito repellent. You can easily use this by crushing leaves on palm and applying directly on skin.
9) Lemon Grass
Common ingredient of thai food, Also a good mosquito repellent as it contains citronella, a natural oil that repels mosquitoes. It is also used as anti-inflammatory medicine.
This beautiful flowering plant, a natural mosquito repellent, can be added to your garden easily. Crush the leaves and spread them in living area to keep mosquitoes at bay.
11) Lemon Thyme
Repels mosquitoes naturally. Mosquitoes tend to hate their citrus smell. Crush a few parts of this plant and rub on the body to keep these harmful bugs away. Make sure that your skin can tolerate the oil before applying to larger areas of the body.
Marigolds are a great choice for repelling mosquitoes. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents, and they have a unique aroma which bugs find repulsive. The flowers themselves are beautiful, Try placing them around borders of your home, and mosquitoes might not want to cross over.
Most bugs despise the smell and taste of peppermint, so planting it around your home is a great way to keep them from dropping by uninvited. Plus, if you do happen to get bitten, peppermint leaves rubbed directly onto the skin make a great bite relief treatment. An added bonus is the wonderful minty smell that makes a delicious addition to food and beverages.
Locally known as Naagdona in North India, is a strong but natural way to ward away mosquitoes. Crush up wormwood leaves and distribute around your outdoor living ways in order to effectively keep these nasty insects away.
This beautiful flowering plant can be planted in your garden in order to control mosquito infestation. It can also be mixed into various formulas and lotions to act as a mosquito repellent for the body.
As you can see, there are many different plants out there that can help to keep bugs away! Next time you reach for the chemical bug spray, take a minute and think again, and choose something more natural.
I hope you find this article helpful and will definitely plant some of these plants in your garden. Please comment your views and suggestions below.