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9 Herbal Ways to Protect Your Child from Mosquitoes

Swati Nitin Gupta
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Created by Swati Nitin Gupta
Updated on Aug 05, 2016

9 Herbal Ways to Protect Your Child from Mosquitoes

With rains comes the nuisance of mosquitoes that not only irritate us, but also trouble our little ones. Mosquito bites can lead to an itchy rash and in severe cases illnesses like dengue. So, how do we protect our child from mosquitoes? How do we ensure that our child is safe and protected when both indoors and outdoors? Of course, the usual measures like ensuring that your child is dressed properly, arms and legs fully covered, and the clothes are lighter in colour, as dark colours attract insects always helps, just like ensuring that the environment near and in your home is neat and dry.

Tips to Protect Your Baby From Mosquitoes

There are some naturally available products that make for good herbal mosquito repellents! Here we share 9 such herbal repellents ideas for you to try at your home.

#1. Neem: Neem tree has numerous medicinal benefits. It is also an excellent insect/mosquito repellent. You may either keep a twig of neem leaves in your room or apply neem oil on your skin and you are ready to fight the mosquitoes.

2. Garlic: Garlic, owing to its pungent smell, makes for a good mosquito repellent. It is believed that people who regularly consume garlic are repulsive to mosquitoes. So you can either consume it or keep cluster of cloves in your home in all the rooms for better protection from mosquitoes.

3. Oils: Essential oils like eucalyptus, cinnamon, castor, rosemary, cedar and peppermint are known to be good natural mosquito repellents. You may either use them as they are and rub them directly onto your skin or you may mix them with your regular moisturiser. Other oils that act as natural mosquito repellent are mustard and soybean oil.

4. Lavender: Lavender is another natural mosquito repellent. Yes, lavender is a flower that pleases humans but mosquitoes find it quite unpleasant thus making it a good mosquito repellent. Grow a lavender plant either in your garden, or pluck some fresh flowers and place them in your home. Lavender oil can also be used as a mosquito repellent. Apply it on your skin and voila no mosquito will dare touch you!

5. Citronella: Citronella is also considered as a good natural mosquito repellent. Derived from a species of lemon grass, citronella oil’s smell is quite offensive and repulsive for the mosquitoes. Most of the leading mosquito repellent creams have citronella as one of the main ingredients in their creams.

6. Camphor: Camphor that is easily available in almost all the homes is an excellent natural repellent. You may burn the camphor in a metallic diya and then take the diya and let all your rooms have a whiff of smoke. Or else take a bowl or a bottle and put a camphor pellet in it with a few drops of water. However, you need to change the pellet regularly.

7. Coconut Fibres: Dried coconut fibres are known to be good mosquito repellent. Dried coconut fibres are easily available with most vegetable vendors. Cut them with a butcher’s knife, place them in a mud pot and ignite them with a help of a matchstick. The fumes from the dried fibres repel mosquitoes and they are harmless as they come from natural fibre.

8. Tulsi: Tulsi is known for its medicinal properties in our culture. Other than that tulsi is believed to be an excellent mosquito repellent. It is believed that tulsi if grown in the garden, or kept in your home it ensures that mosquitoes stay away from your home.

9. The herbal shrubs (thyme, rosemary, clove, marigold): Well, yes all the herbal shrubs like mint, cloves, thyme and marigold have a unique ability to repel mosquitoes. How? Maybe it is their smell, but planting them in your garden will hopefully keep the mosquitoes away.

These are some known natural remedies, but their efficacy may be limited! Also, these remedies are supportive in nature but are not a replacement for physical barriers such as clothes or mosquito nets.

 

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| Nov 05, 2017

i tried neem oil in used all out container but it dint work. has anybody successfully used it?

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| Nov 05, 2017

i tried neem oil in used all out container but it dint work. has anybody successfully used it?

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| Oct 20, 2017

very useful n new one

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| Oct 20, 2017

very useful n new indeas

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| Sep 06, 2017

thnk u so much

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| Sep 06, 2017

thnk u so much

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| Apr 22, 2017

Very informative yet handy and easy to follow tips. In fact neem oil instead of the locally available anti mosquito liquid is very safe from the health point of view . All one has to do is use the empty container and refill it with been oil and plug it again. Try it out folks. It is more effective than. the chemical agents

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| Feb 21, 2017

useful tips... thank you.

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| Oct 23, 2016

very nice

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| Oct 22, 2016

nice

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| Sep 27, 2016

Any which can be applied on face and ears as well?

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| Sep 27, 2016

thanks so much

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| Sep 26, 2016

thanks for the tips since those are available easily.

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| Sep 23, 2016

Very nice information

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| Sep 02, 2016

thank you

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| Sep 02, 2016

thank you

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| Sep 01, 2016

Timely post!! Coconut fibres as mosquito repellent is a good idea . .. thank u for the post

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| Aug 26, 2016

my daughter is now 1 year old.. she have a itching on downside of eyebrows. . is there any prescribtion. . Which I can utilise to her.

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| Aug 24, 2016

Useful and nice tips

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| Aug 21, 2016

Nice tips

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| Aug 17, 2016

Nice information

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| Aug 15, 2016

Nice tips

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| Aug 15, 2016

Very useful tips..... Thanks.. !

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| Aug 09, 2016

nice useful....

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| Aug 09, 2016

thanks for the information

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| Aug 09, 2016

very informative..

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| Aug 09, 2016

thanks nice one

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| Aug 08, 2016

great in4mation........

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| Aug 08, 2016

nice tips

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| Aug 08, 2016

@Canisha thanks Canisha glad you liked it.

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| Aug 08, 2016

@Anubhav thanks Anubhav for the appreciation.

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| Aug 08, 2016

@Nitin thank you Nitin, I do try to capture the pulse of parents and write around them.

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| Aug 08, 2016

@Niraj thank you for your appreciation, glad you liked the shared information.

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| Aug 08, 2016

@Uma thanks Uma, glad you liked it.

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| Aug 08, 2016

@Preetu sure Preetu once you have tried do let us know what worked for you and what didn't work? Your feedback is important for me. Thank you once again.

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| Aug 08, 2016

@Ravi Thanks Ravi which point did you like the best and why?

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| Aug 08, 2016

Thank you for everyone for the appreciation.

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| Aug 08, 2016

Good one

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| Aug 08, 2016

Wil try it for sure. thank u

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| Aug 07, 2016

gud info... thanx

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| Aug 07, 2016

thank you for sharing a very useful information.

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| Aug 06, 2016

thnx

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| Aug 05, 2016

Great tips for the season Swati.

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| Aug 05, 2016

Thankyou for sharing such useful insights. Keep up the good work!

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| Aug 05, 2016

Interesting blog on natural ways to protect our children from mosquitoes

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