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Mosquito repellent plants
Summer is almost here and unfortunately with that comes the mosquito’s. Having been bitten by these quite a lot previously I know how much pain that those blood sucking insects can inflict. As the weather starts to warm up, the mosquito’s make a return. Although impossible to completely eradicate from your garden, the 10 plants below will help to deter them and stop you from becoming a blood donor.
These plants will help to deter mosquito’s, consider planting them in areas that you frequent in your garden for the best possible results.
Wormwood – This is a strong but natural way to fend off mosquito’s. A popular herb that has many different uses. Plant in problem areas, particularly good around water features or where there may be stagnant water. Crush up the leaves and spread your outdoor living areas to help keep these blood suckers away!
Citronella grass – A key ingredient commonly found in mosquito repellent products such as oils, candles and body sprays. This plant will add some structure to your garden, best planted in large containers placed near to where you sit. Crushing the leaves will create an oil like substance, this can also be applied directly to the skin for extra protection.
Lemon balm – An easy to grow herb, it has many other uses too so a perfect addition to have in the garden. Crush the leaves and rub on exposed skin. This will act as a natural mosquito repellent. lemon balm smells a lot better than citronella grass too. Lemon balm can also help to calm you, reduce the effects of aging skin and provide a better nights sleep. What’s not to like about this plant?
Rosemary – Ok, so when I hear rosemary mentioned I instantly think lamb roast’s on a Sunday. However, planting rosemary can help prevent infestations of mosquito’s in the garden. It can also be mixed into various lotions that can be applied to the skin. One way of doing this is to boil a cup of rosemary in water for about 30 minutes. Once cooled, strain the rosemary water and apply to the skin. Store in the fridge, it can be used effectively until the strong aroma of rosemary has gone.
Geranium citrosa – Lemon scented geranium. Readily available from garden centres and very easily propagated. When the leaves are crushed, a strong lemony scent is emitted which helps to keep mosquito’s at bay. Crush these leaves up and spread around problem areas.
Garlic – A great natural way to defend yourself against mosquito’s. Garlic is easily grown and is a staple requirement for many households. Crush garlic and spread around seating/dining areas. It can also be applied to the skin by rubbing a clove of crushed garlic onto exposed skin areas. Subsequently I would take this approach as a last resort as it’s very strong and pungent.
I hope this has helped you in your fight against mosquito’s. If you found this article useful and would like to share with others then please feel free to do so.