My husband and I went on a hike this past weekend. I ended up with 20 bug bites. He had none. Why do some people seem to attract all the bugs, and others don't attract any!?
If you want to be able to enjoy a nice glass of ice tea on your front porch this summer without dousing yourself in Off, Woman's Day has compiled a list of plants that will help keep away the bugs away naturally!
Lavender - We think it smells fantastic, but bugs? Not so much. Look for the lavandin variety, it has a high concentration of camphor that keeps the critters away.
Lemon balm - It smells lemony, but it’s more appealing than citronella. And the plant has high levels of citronellal, a compound bugs don’t like.
Basil - It’s not just for cooking anymore! Having a pot of basil around is great because the plant emits a strong scent and you don’t even have to crush the leaves.
Catnip - Your kitty will love it, and you will too when you learn that mosquitoes hate catnip.
Mint - You can make a mojito with it and it’s good for your skin, too. Mint leaves can keep mosquitoes away, but if you do get one, the essential oils in it can soothe the bites.