Thursday, June 04, 2009

Herbs and Insects~

Mosquitoes and their bites are no fun, but with the threat of West Nile virus they can become life-threatening. As an alternative to the many chemical laden products we find on the market...there are many herbal options that work just as well and much, much safer.

Most bugs really don't like garlic...but that can be an iffy option depending on your activities and whether or not you are the only one around . *smile.*

Another good option is to spritz yourself with an essential oil known for repelling insects. Popular choices for natural insect repellent include citronella, lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme, geranium, red cedarwood, clove flower buds, spearmint, black walnut, wormwood and rosemary. Dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil like almond or olive as some might react to strongly if the sun is very hot and if you have sensitive skin.

Another option is diffusing....any of the following can be used in a diffuser to repel mosquitoes: basil, catnip, eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, pine, pennyroyal and elderflower leaf .

Take a daily B-complex vitamin. Mosquitoes find it distasteful.

Do you know that you can apply essential oil of geranium to your dogs to discourage mosquito bites.

Many times when I am working in the gardens and if the bugs are out and too friendly, I just pick a few basil leaves or some thyme sprigs, crush lightly and gently rub my skin for about 30 minutes and then I do it again...

It's safe and healthy, smells wonderful, and I'm bite free.

Have a great time in the June gardens~

Bea Kunz

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