Cloves + Bayleaves + Sage = Natural Insect Repellent

Written by Deb Ng - July 2, 2008 4 Comments


Did you know bay leaves, sage and cloves are all natural insect repellents? It’s true. You can crush them up and use them by themselves or crush them up and use them together. Put them in bowls and place around your barbecue and picnic to keep the bugs at bay, or burn as a potpourri. You can even put wrap them in a bit a gauze and wear them on your person to deter insects from biting.

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4 Outstanding Responses to "Cloves + Bayleaves + Sage = Natural Insect Repellent"

    Diana on July 3, 2008 at 2:21 am

    Well, that may be true, but they did a study around here, and there are ten times more mosquitoes out this year than last. If you are going to spend any time outside, I’d use something strong.

    Deb on July 4, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Always someone to be the voice of gloom and doom.

    We do have the repellant towelettes for the really buggy days. I don’t mind trying something a little less chemical for other times.

    Diana on July 4, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Yes, I agree. My husband doused himself with bugspray so he could work on the roof and I was almost gagging in the house with how strong it was.

    blue on August 13, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I mixed a 2/3 drops of sage oil w/some almond oil (about a teaspoon) and put it on my exposed skin. Works good :)

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