As winter moves into spring the weather is finally getting warm enough to embrace your green thumb, but the budding sunlight also brings unwanted visitors. Whether your garden is large or small, these mosquito-repelling plants will protect your precious greenery, and the hands tending to them. These herbs and plants also include a host of health benefits.
Adding Citronella plants either in the ground or in potted form, will ensure you always have this natural mosquito repellant on hand. The leaves of this plant when rubbed on the skin serve as a natural insect deterrent, and are also good for your skin. Just give them a little bit of afternoon shade and be sure to space them apart as they can grow up to 3 feet tall.
MINTY FRESH AND STRESS FREE
The crisp taste of lemon balm and mint is not only delicious in tea, but will also make mosquitos flee from its lovely aroma. It also contains menthol, which is used as a natural decongestant and also keeps your breath minty fresh. Mint is best when planted in a pot or planter, because the roots tend to be invasive and will take over any of the surrounding area. Give them plenty of sun and water.
FROM GARNISH TO A HEALTHY HEART
Basil is often used as a garnish along side oregano and other herbs. This versatile herb is also a natural mosquito repellant, and has been shown to aid in healthy blood pressure. Start your basil plants indoors after the front of winter, then plant them outside in moist soil, making sure they get 6 hours of sunlight a day.
MORE THAN SKIN DEEP
Plectranthus is a kind of lavender plant, making it a natural mosquito repellant. The oil can also can be used as an anti-inflammatory to treat itchiness and irritation caused by insect bites, and has been linked to the treatment of arthritis. The small size of Plectranthus make them ideal to grow under the shade of a tree with only a moderate amount of water.
KEEP IT GREEN WITH PLANT NURSERY
This versatile and beneficial herbage comes recommended from our experts at Little Red Hen Plant Nursery, and will keep mosquitos at bay while also boosting your immunity and fighting off diseases. For more guidance, be sure to stop by Plant Nursery to keep your garden fresh and green for years to come.