I very rarely ever get bitten by Mosquitos, because of the herbs I use in my perfume. Did you know Rosemary has been used as an insect repellent for years? Not only is it a delicious herb to use in cooking, it is also a medicinal plant. As well, Rosemary is utilized for muscle spasms and nervousness.
If you are having a cookout, grab a few stems of Rosemary and some Basil leaves and put it on the upper rack of your grill. The smell will surround your grill and deck area for a Mosquito free Party!
Not cooking out? Well, simply remove some of the Rosemary leaves and crush in your palms. Rub all over, especially hitting pulse points, ankles, behind the knees and around the neck.
It is so easy to make a repellent Spray:
1 lemon sliced crosswise
2 Large Rosemary Sprigs-Leaves removed
Spray bottle, strainer and kitchen funnel
3 Cups water, bring to boil
Simply use a pestle and mortar, or Chef's Knife to pull out the oils in the rosemary. Then sprinkle the rosemary over the lemon. Rinse off pestle and mortar in 3 Cups of water and bring to boil. Add lemons and rosemary. Turn off and let steep for at least 5 minutes. Strain and pour into spray bottle using a kitchen funnel.
The lemon helps to preserve the spray for lasting use. If you prefer a stronger spray, you can always use essential oils instead. This will give you a much more potent repellent, if needed.
Citronella plants, Basil, Horsemint and Marigolds are also fabulous GREEN Mosquito Repellents. These can be used in place of the Rosemary in the same solution. Marigolds don't smell too good, so I'm not so sure about that one.