Plants take a major part on this earth. Most of the living creatures directly or indirectly depend on the plants for their survival. There are different kinds of plants on this earth. In my previous blogs, I had mentioned about Ancient Indian Plants with Scientific reasons, Carnivorous plants, Plants that are hard to kill, Medicinal plants, Poisonous plants, Parasites, Succulents, Astrological plants and Air purifying plants. Today, the blog is about Mosquito Repellent plants. Most of the diseases today are spread by the mosquitoes. Generally, we use chemical repellents to protect ourselves from mosquitoes and other flies. Those chemicals are not only dangerous to them but also to us. Using such chemical repellents is not preferred as it can cause health hazards. We need to think for an organic substitute for it. So here are some of the Mosquito Repellent plants. These are 100% natural and non-hazardous.
1. Marigold plant:
Marigold is one of the commonly used flowers in India. It is widely used for decoration purpose as well as for religious worshipping. Its attractive colors make the flower look unique. Marigold plant is one of the easiest flower plants to grow at home. But did you know that Marigold plant is a Mosquito repellent plant? Yes, its characteristic smell makes the plant Mosquito repellent. It emits a smell that repels mosquitoes. You can grow them in pots and place them near your patio or entrance to keep the bugs out. Marigolds are also a popular addition to borders and vegetable gardens. According to research, marigold plants not only keep away mosquitoes, but they also prevent aphids, thrips, whiteflies, Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, and tomato hornworms attacking the plants.
2. Holy Basil or Tulsi:
Tulsi plant or holy basil is considered to be one of the sacred plants in India. Our ancestors worshipped it as a god and have made it mandatory for every household. Tulsi has been given a great importance in Ayurveda. The reason why our ancestors have made it mandatory to grow tulsi is that of its medicinal qualities. It is scientifically proven that tulsi plant produces oxygen even in the night time. It also purifies the air around. Its characteristic aroma is enough to cure many diseases. It also stimulates the sense of smell which is essential for a person to keep healthy. It is not only used for medicine, the tulsi plant can also prevent mosquitoes and other insects from entering the house. The pungent smell the basil leaves produce keeps the pests away. So Tulsi plant or holy basil was suggested to grow at every house by our ancestors.
Lavender is one amazing flowering plant with a very pleasant fragrance. Even though lavender's fragrance is often enjoyed by humans, lavender repels mosquitoes because mosquitoes dislike the scent lavender gives off. It can be planted in gardens or made into oil and applied to the skin or mixed with other oils to keep mosquitoes away. You can use the lavender oil as a natural repellent. To stay safe from mosquitoes, you can directly apply the oil to the ankles, wrist, or feet. The mode of application is similar to that of a perfume. Unlike some oils that are used to ward off insects, lavender oil isn't burned in candle form or sprayed as an aerosol. While it is possible to distribute the oil this way, the best results come when the plant's oil is applied topically to the skin.
Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub with blue flowers. It is an aromatic and distinctive herb with a sweet, resinous flavor. It belongs to the mint family "Lamiaceae" which includes many other fragrant herbs. The name "rosemary" is a Latin word where "ros" means Dew and "marinus" means Sea. It is also called "Dew of the Sea". It is native to the Mediterranean and Asia but grows in cool climates. It can withstand droughts, surviving a severe lack of water for lengthy periods. The rosemary plant is effective in several forms on its own as a mosquito repellent. Known for its flavor, it is also used for many culinary purposes. Its flowers have a characteristic flavor that repels mosquitoes. It is suitable for growth in a garden bed but it can also grow indoors if it gets full sun. The live plant, cuttings from the plant and rosemary essential oil are all effective at repelling mosquitoes. They can also be used for the decorative purpose by shaping them and pruning according to the requirement. While the pests stay away you can enjoy the herb’s fragrance and also use it to make your cooking delicious.