Buzz Off: Make These Natural Herbal Insect Repellent Bundles

Try this all-natural technique to keep mosquitoes from attending your next outdoor get together.
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Take on mosquitoes with fresh herb bundles from the garden.

Take on mosquitoes with fresh herb bundles from the garden.

I love being outdoors in the summertime. 

I love sitting outside on warm summer evenings chatting with family and friends. 

What I don't like are mosquitoes. For some reason, I'm one of those people that mosquitoes find irresistible. Sometimes the mosquitoes can be so bad, it's difficult to even enjoy being outside. There are many products on the market to keep them at bay, but as beekeepers, my family always needs to err on the side of caution with any chemicals we use in the gardens.

We grow plenty of fresh herbs during the growing season. Herbs are wonderful at repelling unwanted insects and attracting beneficial ones. Did you know that just by growing lavender, mint and sage you can repel mosquitoes?  

As another way to ward off these annoying critters, I like to make these herb bundles when the herbs are plentiful. I make a bunch of them at a time. They can be used immediately or they can be hung to dry in a cool dry place for later use. It takes about a week for them to dry. When freshly made ones are added to the edge of a fire pit, they will smolder like "green" wood. You can also use the dried ones as fire starters with kindling.  If you have a fire-resistant tray, you can also light dried bundles and let them burn on their own.  The burning herbs emit an earthy, herbal aroma. I find it calming and soothing.  Even the kids can help with this craft from the harvesting to the tying.  It is a great family-friendly project.

For your safety, never leave burning or smoldering objects unattended. 

Supplies:

  • Fresh sprigs of lavender, sage and mint
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper

Take a peek at the photo gallery below for the step by step directions:

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Mosquito Bundles

Try this natural technique to keep mosquitoes at bay using fresh lavender, sage and mint from your garden.

Gather Your Supplies

On newspaper, lay out your fresh herbs. Be sure that they do not have any water on their leaves, if so they will mold.

Cut the String

Cut a 4 foot long piece of string. Cut the herbs to approximately 6 inches long. Lay the string on the newspaper. In the center of the string, form a pile of herbs from the sage, lavender and mint.

Tie the Top

Tie a tight knot in the string close to the top of the herb pile.

Lots of Knots

Flip the herb bundle over and tie another knot. Continue tightly tying knots on both sides until you reach the end of the bundle.

Knot the End

Finish the bundle by knotting off the end and trimming up any loose ends on the herbs.

Just Add Fire

Put out in a decorative basket at your next BBQ or outdoor gathering. Allow guests to toss the bundles on the fire or BBQ to keep mosquitoes away.

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