Sunday, July 12, 2015

Six Plants that Repel Mosquitoes Naturally


One of the worst things that the rainy season in the Philippines brings is mosquitoes. Aside from the itchy sensation their bites bring, mosquitoes are known to be carriers of diseases, such as malaria and dengue, which can be fatal to human beings. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, which unfortunately is a mainstay on our streets from late June to early October. It is during these months that cases of dengue spike to incredible heights. 

The rainy months are almost upon us and so are these pests. With the numerous products available in the market today, there are many, many ways to keep mosquitoes at bay. However, most mosquito repellents either contain harmful ingredients or are very expensive.  Fear not, though, as there are many plants that can help you ward off these insects:

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.

Aside from having these repellents ready, let us remember other precautions when dealing with this menace. Make sure that your houses are clean all the time with proper ventilation and no still water. That way, your homes can remain as healthy as it is fresh with these plants around to protect you.


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