Every year around this time, our country starts its battle with dengue and malaria and while so much is talked about the prevention, not much is done to stop the breeding of the deadly mosquitoes that cause these diseases. So, it is essential that you protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito-borne diseases by taking all the necessary precautions. Safe application of repellents is important to prevent mosquito bites, get optimal protection and avoid any harmful side effects. You can even try some of the natural mosquito repellents in addition to the commercially available sprays and creams. Here are few you can try!
Natural Mosquito Repellents To Prevent Dengue
With the onset of monsoons, the fear of mosquito-borne infections always remains a major health concern. While there are mosquito repellents available in the market that might be effective, chances are they contain harmful chemicals. What if there was a natural way to ward off mosquitoes? Mosquitoes are drawn to the scent of humans. In case this scent can be blocked off by another stronger scent, mosquitoes will not invade you. This is the logic behind using certain plants and essential oils to ward off mosquitoes. Moreover, there are certain plants that can only enhance the beauty of your house but also to keep your surroundings mosquito free.
1. Neem Oil
Neem oil is as an effective indoor mosquito repellent. Mix neem oil and coconut oil in equal portions and rub it on your body (all exposed parts). This will protect you from mosquito bites for at least eight hours.
2. Eucalyptus And Lemon Oil
The mixture of lemon oil and eucalyptus oil is effective in repelling mosquitoes.Both contain cineole, which has antiseptic and insect-repellent properties when applied to the skin. Mix lemon oil and eucalyptus oil in equal proportions and use it on exposed areas of your body.
3. Citronella Oil
Citronella oil is an essential oil extracted from citronella grass. This oil has been known to prevent mosquito bites extremely efficiently. Apply citronella oil all over the body. You can also add a few drops of this essential oil in a candle or vaporizer. You can also use it as a spray for mosquito-prone areas of the house.
You can even plant it in your garden area. The citronella plant grows up to a height of 5-6 feet and should be grown in gardens near the entrance or in large pots. -The plant is easy to grow and gives off a strong smell. You can also crush few leaves and apply the juice on your skin as a natural insect repellent.
known as “kapura” is an effective mosquito repellant. Light a small piece of camphor in your room and close all doors and windows. Leave the room closed for 15 min.
The Indian basil or Tulsi plant is also an important part of Indian tradition. Besides medicinal properties, the strong aroma of the plant is known to drive away mosquitoes. Tulsi plant is effective in killing mosquito larvae and keeping mosquitoes away. Plant a few Tulsi shrubs near your windows and doors. This will help in getting rid of mosquitoes within the house and prevent them from entering. There are different varieties of basil like lemon basil and cinnamon basil that are more effective in warding off mosquitoes.
Marigold flowers called “Gende ke phool” in Hindi are orange and yellow flowers and are an integral part of auspicious occasions in India. The marigold plant has a distinct smell that keeps mosquitoes and other insects away. This is mainly due to the compound called pyrethrum which is also found in certain insect repellents. It is easy to grow and maintain. You can grow these plants in pots and place them in your garden.
Geranium is an attractive flowering plant that grows easily with basic care. It is commonly grown indoors in hanging pots and therefore great for warding off mosquitoes inside the house. It needs lots of light and well-drained soil.
The many benefits of lavender oil in relieving stress and improving circulation are well known. The sweet lavender aroma that is highly sought after for perfumes is what repels mosquitoes. Even though it is widely grown in Europe, it can be grown in India too with little care. It can be grown indoors in pots with well-drained soil.
Add these plants to your home, balcony or garden to keep those pesky mosquitoes away in a natural away apart from also adding beauty to your surroundings. So, go ahead and give these natural mosquito repellents a try and protect yourself and your loved ones from dengue, malaria and other mosquito borne diseases. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!