Zzzzzzz! An unbearable heat and that annoying buzz that keeps you from sleeping! It’s summer! The season that is expected all year round and has its insurmountable disadvantages. We have everything to spare! Flies, mosquitoes, ticks! Stop looking for expensive products in pharmacies! A few repellent plants that also bloom well and your peaceful sleep in the bedroom is assured. What are these fragrant beauties: we have listed them for you!
They have a dual function: repellent and ornamental plants
No more quiet nights and blankets! It’s hot, you start to suffocate, you lie down almost naked, showing your body to mosquito bites. If you manage to fall asleep despite the monotonous buzzing in the morning, you find yourself covered in red pimples and stubborn itching that torments you all day long. And if we use repellent plants!
Fortunately, there are natural tips which can keep insects away from the bedroom. There are mosquito traps who capture them before they get inside. It is a well-known fact that insects are attracted to carbon dioxide and the smell of the human body, but do you know that other aromas, those of repellent plants, are like a shield during hot nights.
Surround yourself with mosquito repellent plants: lemongrass
This may not be a surprise, given that lemongrass is a popular ingredient for natural mosquito repellents, patio candles and more. But you may not know that lemongrass is actually a herb that you can plant in your garden. Most lemongrass products are made with the fragrant oil that the plant expels. Research has shown that topical lemongrass products last only about two hours because the oils evaporate quickly. So having plants nearby is a good insurance against pest bites. Lemongrass can grow up to six feet tall and six feet wide, so be sure to space them accordingly. The grass also prefers filtered sunlight, that is, with a tree next to it and frequent watering.
Insect repellent plant: lavender
Planted as one superb addition to your garden, lavender helps deter mosquitoes. Research shows that lavender essential oils repel most species for six to eight hours. If you grow the fragrant plant as a border around your home, it can also attract useful pollinators to create a profusion of purple flowers. Lavender should be planted about 2 to 3 feet away to have more space to grow, and thrive in full sun. Water it once or twice a week, depending on the dryness of the soil.
An eye-catching mosquito repellent plant: worry
It’s not just the color orange that makes it popular with gardeners and landscapers. The concern has several insecticidal constituents (i.e., compounds that repel several types of insects). Like other insect repellent plants, the scent of worry flowers can keep insects away. In addition, this plant does not take up much space, requires relatively little maintenance and produces beautiful colorful flowers all summer long.
Edible and climbing, nasturtiums are repellent plants
Capuchins are climbing edible flowers with pretty circular leaves and colorful petals. In fact, unlike other plants that repel pests, nasturtiums attract them to themselves and in this way keep them away from other plants and you. If you have a garden, nasturtiums are useful in protecting cucumbers, tomatoes, squash from common pests such as aphids, beetles and flies (this relationship is called planting companion stimulates growth).
Capuchins can hang out in open spaces in the garden, so be sure to plant them at least 10 to 12 inches apart. They thrive in areas with six to eight hours of direct sunlight, climbing on a balcony, for example. In addition, their beautiful flowers are completely edible and can give your salad an aesthetic improvement.
Common spices as repellents
In addition to being a delicious and versatile herb, rosemary leaf contains oils that have been shown to be an effective mosquito repellent. Rosemary is easy to grow and very popular with amateur growers. It can thrive in a garden, in a planter on the balcony or even in your landscaping. In addition, having a rosemary plant nearby makes it easier to season your food.
If you need another reason to plant basil nearby this summer other than the flavor of your dishes, we have what you need. Beyond its aroma, the leaves contain compounds that can actually kill mosquito larvae before they hatch. Basil plants can also help attract pollinators so that your yard and garden can thrive. In addition, the leaves make a delicious pesto. Basil is one of the most popular herbs easy to grow and it’s a summer must-see.
Mint is another fragrant herb that has pesticide properties. Menthol, the anti-insect active ingredient in peppermint and peppermint oil, has biocidal properties that help repel and control mites, mosquitoes and various other pests. Be sure to grow it in its own pot, if you don’t want it to spread. Once in bloom, you can use mint leaves for a variety of dishes ranging from water infused with lemon, cucumber and mint to chutney to fresh mint.