Herbal Insect Repellents
Do you hate mosquitoes and other pests, but hate the smell of bug spray just as much? Try some of these herbal insect repellents!
Citronella – If the word citronella makes you think of tiki torches, the people at the candle companies are doing their jobs right. But citronella isn’t just for candles. You can wear it, too. Citronella is an essential oil derived from lemongrass, and it’s one of the most beloved mosquito repelling substances around (mosquitoes were apparently not included in that unscientific survey).
Lavender – While lavender is an almost universally loved fragrance among humans, bugs just hate it! Lavender is great for repelling flies, mosquitoes, gnats, and other pests. You can even rub some lavender oil on your pets to help prevent fleas.
Cedar – While cedar chests and chips have long been used to repel months, most people don’t realize this fragrant wood is equally effective against mosquitoes and other biting insects. No, you don’t have to climb inside of a cedar chest or hang a block of the stuff around your neck. Just get your hands on some cedar essential oil.
Lemon Eucalyptus – If you want to repel koalas in the Australian outback, eucalyptus definitely won’t work, but it’s great for chasing away mosquitoes. Bonus: it’ll also clear your sinuses.
Peppermint – Misting peppermint oil onto your skin is a nice, cool, refreshing treat in the summertime. It doesn’t hurt that pests, such as like mosquitoes and fleas, hate the smell.
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