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Repel mosquitos naturally with these 10 powerful plants

by Russel Davis, Natural News:

Mosquitoes are likely to be the first thing that comes to your mind when insect-related diseases are discussed. Is it really a wonder, considering mosquito-borne diseases have shown significant prevalence over the past decades? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global incidence of dengue showed a 30-fold increase over the last 30 years. Additionally, the organization noted that more than 2.5 billion people in more than 100 countries are at an increased risk of contracting the illness. The organization also revealed that malaria was associated 438,000 deaths worldwide in 2015 alone.

Cultivating various plants that readily repel unwanted insects may help prevent these outbreaks. Below are 10 of the most powerful natural insect repellents that help stave off disease-causing mosquitoes.

  1. Citronella – Essential oils and extracts derived from citronella are found to effectively repel mosquitoes. The plant has gained greater popularity among many commercial repellents as of late. Citronella is also noted for its low-maintenance cultivation. However, it is advised to bring the plant indoors before the first frost arrive, as the plant may not thrive well in colder months.
  2. Lavender – Humans have loved lavender’s attractive flower and fresh, pleasant scent. However, the flowers’ aroma is too much for the vectors. Aside from mosquitoes, lavenders are also known to repel moths and flies.
  3. Basil – This pasta staple is found to be detrimental to mosquito larvae. In fact, a 2009 study published in the Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology revealed that crude carbon tetrachloride, methanol, and petroleum ether extracts taken from basil leaves were highly effective larvicides against anopheles and culex mosquito larvae.
  4. Sage and Rosemary – Like basil, these herbs are known to repel mosquitos. Rosemary’s woody scent and its essential oils are found to be powerful natural mosquito repellent. You may also toss a few handfuls of sage to a fire to produce scented smoke that the insects hate.

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