Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the sun has been teasing us with sprinklings of warm, sunny days in between rain showers. Personally, I love having rain one day, sun the next. It makes me appreciate both more. And when the rain showers start to end (which I suspect will be soon) the Mosquitoes will undoubtedly fill their void. Mosquitoes and I have a love hate relationship. The more the love me, the more I hate them.
At my mom's suggestion--Thanks, Mom!-- I've put together this list to get ahead of them this year, without the use of chemicals. Yay, Nature!
Mosquito Repellent Flora & How to Use Them to Put Out Your Perfect Vibe with the Language of Flowers
Peppermint! How wonderful is it that something that will make you walk around smelling like a breath of fresh air (ha!) will also keep Mosquitoes off you?
Although some say that natural repellents like Peppermint don't work, the fact that a solution of peppermint oil and water kills Mosquito larvae (according to research published in The Malaria Journal) makes me think otherwise.
Crush the leaves and rub them on your skin to use it as a repellent. I think I'll keep some in my pocket to reapply as needed.
Rosemary is magical. Not only does it make food extra delicious, smell heavenly, mean "love" (and "lust"--what a great combo, right!?) but now to learn that it'll keep me from getting bitten up by mosquitoes! Is there anything better than rosemary!!?
It'll repel dried or fresh, and if you throw it into a fire, the smoke will not only smell amazing but it'll keep the bugs away, too!
Marigolds mean so many fun things in the language of flowers, but I decided to go with two of my faves: health and creativity. Marigolds will act like a barrier, so have them near windows and entry ways to keep mosquitoes out of the house. Plus, they're pretty.
If you're a gardener, they also repel bugs that eat tomato crops. Some people are convinced that they even keep rabbits out!
And now, my favorite: BASIL! Basil's awesome at keeping mosquitoes away-- according to a study published in The Malaria Journal, the essential oil found in basil is practically 100% mosquito repelling!
You don't even have to crush the leaves for this plant to work its magic. Just having the plant around will keep Mosquitoes away, but if you're not going to be around it, just rub the leaves over exposed skin.
I'm totally going to walk around smelling like Basil. Who doesn't love the smell of Basil!?
Lavender is well-known for it's calming properties... I'm a lot calmer when I'm not getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, aren't you?
Apparently mosquitoes loathe the plant, so planting it in your yard or growing it in a pot beside a window will keep them at bay. Not planning on sitting next to the plant all day? No problem, just rub them on your skin to release the oils.
Added bonus (other than smelling amazing): it keeps moths and flies away too! Maybe hang dry sprigs of it in your closet instead of moth balls. Do people even use moth balls anymore?