Sunday, July 12, 2015
1. Citronella. Also known and often associated with lemongrass, this plant is used in multiple ways to drive away insects: the oil as lotion for your body, the beeswax to be turned into candles for your patio, bits and pieces of dried leaves as potpourri for your rooms. Having a citronella plant in your living room can also be very beneficial.2. Basil. Like the citronella, growing basil nearby or extracting its oil to be used as a body lotion or spray can effectively ward off mosquitoes.3. Sage and rosemary. Throwing a bit of these famous herbs on coals not only produce a better-smelling barbecue smoke but repels mosquitoes as well.4. Garlic. Mix one part garlic juice with five parts water in a spray bottle. Shake well, spray lightly on exposed body parts or hang cloth strips dipped in this mixture for maximum mosquito protection for around 5-6 hours.5. Lavender. With its wonderful smell unpleasant to mosquitoes, lavenders planted in the garden and by the flower box near your window are effective insect repellent. Combining its sweet-smelling oil with other insect-repelling oils makes you protected and fragrant all day as well.