The annoying mosquitoes ruin almost every outdoor activity, especially at night. The irritating buzzing and itchy bites are the worst nightmares. If you tried every natural mosquito repellent and noting works, you should try this. We are talking about sage bundles.
This anti-mosquito method is the next best thing for campers. Nevertheless, you also can use it whenever you spend time in your garden, or outside your house.
Sage As Natural Mosquito Repellent
Sage has a variety of uses but is most commonly used to make essential oils. It is a perennial plant, with a forked, woody root that penetrates deep into the soil. This plant produces quite a strong smell whenever it’s burned.
The smell of the herb is known to repel mosquitoes, so there are 3 options you can use to ward off mosquitoes.
- Burning sage
First, you need to make sage bundles. To do this you will need fresh leaves of sage and a cotton rope. Make a little sage bouquet by taking 8-10 steams with leaves. Then, gather the leaves and mold them into oblong form. Afterward, tighten them well with the cotton rope. Wrap the bouquet well with the rope so it does not fall apart and let it dry in the fresh air.
When the stick is completely dry, light it up the tip of the stick with the help of a lighter. Just make sure to put it in an ashtray, so you don’t light something up.
If you are outdoors and have a grill there, you can toss a few leaves into the charcoal when you make a barbeque. Or if you are out and camping somewhere, add a few sage leaves into the campfire.
- Sage vinegar repellent
You can make a sage repellent that isn’t oily and this type of repellent can be used on your clothes. What you need is 10 tablespoons of dried sage leaves and 900-1000 ml apple cider vinegar. Take a glass jar and add the two ingredients in it. Close the jar and shake it, so the sage and vinegar mix.
Leave the jar closed for 2-3 weeks, but shake it occasionally. Strain the liquid and mix 1:1 ratio water and sage solution. Transfer it to a spray bottle. Spray the solution on your clothes and your skin whenever you go out.
- Sage essential oil
This mixture you can use only on your skin because it contains olive oil, that can stain your clothing. What you need is an essential oil, olive oil, and aloe vera gel. First, take a glass jar and, in it add 10 to 25 drops of sage essential oil. You can add other essential oils such as citronella, lavender, or mint as well. Then, add 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix the combination with a spoon so they unite. Take a little bit of the mixture with your fingers and rub it on your skin.
However, you should put the mixture on a small area of your skin, to see how your skin will react. If there isn’t any irritation, you can spread it on your skin that is exposed to mosquito bites.