flyLearning how to deal with insects the Natural way! 🙂

     I have spent a lot of time in the jungles, forests, forested woodlands, deserts and more and I have come to respect the abilities of some plants to repel the insects that all of us hate so much, The Mosquito being number one. But depending on where you are and the conditions your pests could be something altogether different.  Over the years I have found many different plants that repel insects naturally without the use of DEET! But I will say that in certain circumstances I do use deet, especially when I am in an area where many of these herbs do not grow.  I will only use it on the clothes I am wearing and not on my skin!

So here are some of the natural insect repelling plants and how to use them. Strong citrus smell has 30 to 40 percent of the repelling ability of DEET! Pretty good!  Just reapply at shorter intervals.

“Plants To Use”

Lemongrass: Simply crush it up fresh and rub it directly on your skin.

Garlic and Onions: This works internally and externally when it comes to insects.

 For insect stings you can use the following as well. Calendula: Take the flower of this plant and crush it and rub it onto your insect bite. It is an admirable remedy for the pain and swelling caused by a wasp or bee sting.

Plantain: Take your Plantain and wash it well. Make a poultice and apply it to the sting. This has been used for over a hundred years by natives. Works with Bug Bites of all types.

Plantain Herb

As time goes on I will add more to this post on Natural Insect repellents. You can also learn a lot more about herbs and the natural world around you through some of the great books at

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