Natural Herbal Repellents for Mosquitoes: Citronella Grass, Catnip, Wormwood, Vanilla

Natural mosquitos repellentsNature took care to give people natural herbs that can protect them from mosquitoes. Almost everywhere in the world there are such species of plants that can be used as a protection from biting insects. Spending a lot of time outdoors it is very bad for people’s health to use chemical repellents. Herbal ones is much safer alternative to them.

Many herbs contain substances that repel mosquitoes. To use them for your own needs, these substances need to be extracted from the plants and then mixed for better results. There are a few ways of extractions like infusion, boiling, crushing, squeezing, etc. The herbal extracts can be mixed with various oils or alcohol-based liquids and then sprayed or rubbed into skin, put on clothes or around the house area. Other plants can be used dried and burned for releasing smoke that contains repelling substances. It is usually has no effect when simply staying near growing plants with repelling features, all of them need to be worked up.

Here is a list of some wild and cultivated herbs that can help in repelling mosquitoes.

Citronella Grass is one of the most effective natural repellents among the cultivated plants. Its essential oil is widely used in commercial production of natural repellents that you can see on the market. It is safe for skin and can be applied during a long time without any damage to the organism. The citronella grass was found in tropic countries but no can grow almost anywhere.

Catnip is a popular garden plant, very simple in care and very effective as a mosquito repelling ingredient. It can be used in various forms. Crushed fresh leaves can be putted on skin, or the wringed out liquid can be sprayed on it. Dried leaves can be settled in olive or other oil and then used like a repelling cream.

Also there are some other herbals that can be used for making homemade repellents.

They are:

Lemon balm
Tea tree

There are also some wild herbs that have repelling facilities. For instance, Vanilla that grows in Japan and other northwestern regions is used for scaring away mosquitoes since ancient times. The locals put bunches of dried vanilla leaves around their homes to protect from mosquitoes. Also fresh grinded leaves can be used directly on skin. It is strange that vanilla likes the same places as mosquitoes: dark misty areas, with minimum sun and much moisture.

Various kinds of Wormwood are also useful in fight against mosquitoes. Their aromatic smell repels insects very effectively. In fresh grinded mixture you can use wormwood directly on skin. However there are a lot of recipes how to apply it as repellent. Wormwood likes dry sunny areas like steppes, deserts, plains and some mountain territories.

A weedy plant widespread in North America, Pineapple weed, also showed its effectiveness in fighting mosquitoes. You can find it everywhere on lawns, near the roads, etc. Fresh leaves, pressed and crushed, can serve as a ready-made repellent for applying directly on skin.

Here are some other wild plants that can be met in wild nature and used as repellents:

Nodding onion
Wild bergamot
Sweet fern

You should remember that natural repellents action lasts not more than 1 – 2 hours. So to gain good results you should re-apply them often. Also when using herbs there is a risk to mix up the species and select the incorrect plant. If you are not really sure in your own knowledge about wild plants, consult proper specialist to prevent the use of some poisonous ‘doubles’.

Some Things that Helps to Repel Mosquitoes

You can increase protection from mosquitoes by using some additional measures together with natural repellents. Mosquitoes react on increased content of carbon dioxide or other products of people’s breath out. Mosquitoes are much more attracted by people during the process of food intake, especially if eating fruits, grains and other foods rich with natural carbohydrates.

When eating such a food, your blood and body smell becomes more attractive to biting insects. You can avoid eating too much of such food in the periods when mosquitoes are too active. Also eating more onion and garlic may help to make you less attractive for mosquitoes.

In summertime you can avoid places near to standing water, with little sunlight. These places are favorite inhabitations for mosquitoes. Try to make picnics in areas with fresh air breezing, mosquitoes do not like this. At home it is also recommended to avoid standing water in buckets, trenches or any other ‘water bodies’.