Top 10 Plants that act as Natural Mosquito Repellent
In the present day of different kinds of pollution affecting the health of the human population globally, our lifestyle, bad habits and unawareness too are contributing to this factor. One of them is the use of chemical mosquito repellents. Although, no doubt that, mosquitoes do contribute a great deal in spreading deadly diseases like malaria, dengue, encephalitis, yellow fever, chikungunya and a lot more, and the resultant deaths of millions of people around the world every year, nevertheless, the dangerous chemical repellents that are used to keep away mosquitoes, is no less dangerous than any disease, slow-poisoning us every day.
Although, it is good news that, people are getting aware of this kind of crisis and are gradually getting inclined to opt for natural substitutes to such a thing, which is furthermore contributing to this crisis of pollution. This is not just a healthy option, but also saves your $$$! We support this green revolution. Hence, for you, we make a list of 10 plants, which can be used as natural mosquito repellents, and are not only effective, but also are available easily, and might even be common to your everyday needs and use. Read on…
1. Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil plant and leaves have some essential oils, which, when extracted and used, can act as a very effective natural mosquito repellent. It also repels mosquitoes, when grown nearby, in or around the house.
2. Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Catnip is a well-known plant, which amuses you making your pet cat (and even a few more feline species) temporarily intoxicated or drowsy. This plant also has an excellent property of repelling mosquitoes. Just plant catnips around the place where you don’t want the mosquitoes bug you and see the magic.
3. Clove Plant (Syzygium aromaticum)
These plants can be planted around the garden or courtyard. The oil can be used to repel mosquitoes naturally and quickly.
4. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus)
This is a genus of trees and shrubs, the oil of which has a very effective property to repel mosquitoes and many other insects, naturally, when planted in the garden. The formula of eucalyptus oil is made in such a way that, it is gentle to the human skin.
5. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender is a popular scented flower to humans, but is distasteful to the mosquitoes. Plant lots of lavender plants around your garden, or made into lavender oil to apply on the skin, or even mixed with other oils to make a natural repellent for mosquitoes.
6. Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citrates)
Lemon grass is used in the Southeast Asian cuisines, especially in India, as a cooking herb as also an anti-inflammatory. It is also used in perfumes and toiletries. As much its wonderful aroma is appealing to the human olfaction, so much is it for repelling the mosquitoes naturally. Plant lots of lemon grass in and around your garden and yard. Other plants of this class, like the citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus), can also be substituted for this.
7. Mexican Marigold (Tagetes lucida)
The scent of these plants is offensive to insects and mosquitoes. Plant these marigolds at different places in the garden, or for bordering. You can even cut off the flowers. Only the plant part alone can act as a natural mosquito repellent.
8. Mint (Mentha)
Mint is a worldwide favorite as a tea-flavor enhancer, mouth-freshener, or as a herb in different cuisines. Plant different varieties of mints in your garden, wild or cultivated, since all of them have the common property to naturally repel mosquitoes. Mint is an easy-to-grow plant with which you can even easily make your own mosquito repellent as well.
9. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Like many other plants mentioned above, the popular cooking herb rosemary can as well be planted around your garden to keep mosquitoes away. Otherwise, this can be mixed with different lotions and in various proportions and formulae to make your own natural mosquito repellent for your body.
10. Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla)
Vanilla leaf is used even today by native tribes as an insect repellent, including the mosquitoes. These leaves can be crushed and applied onto skin directly to bar mosquitoes from coming close to you.
So here was the list of some of the best mosquito repellent plants, which we think would be the safest and easiest for you to grow and/or use them effectively to get successful results in repelling this deadly insect and keep you, your family and children safe.