Catnip: Easy-to-grow, fragrant plant, deters mosquitoes, loved by cats. Blooms in spring/fall. Dry clippings for year-round feline joy.
Cedars: diverse for landscaping, hardy evergreens, bird cover. Aromatic wood repels insects. Use cedar mulch to deter mosquitoes.
Cinnamon: spice from tree bark, flavors food & drinks. Repels mosquitoes. Bake cookies, enjoy spicy drinks all summer.
Citronella: Effective mosquito repellent. Plant lemongrass in landscaping or use citronella candles/tiki torches outdoors. Mosquitoes hate it!
Cloves: Indonesian buds used in spice, cosmetics, and dishes worldwide. Popular in pumpkin spice lattes and for repelling mosquitoes.
Eucalyptus: 700+ species from Australia, grown in mild climates worldwide. Caution: flammable oil, avoid proximity to homes, grills, or candles. Koalas love it!
Geraniums: Annual flowers in temperate climates, bloom in white, pink, red, upright/vine types. Fragrant leaves, watch watering to avoid rot.
Grapefruit: Bitter-sweet citrus from Barbados, used in breakfast, juices. Caution: interacts with meds. Repels mosquitoes with its scent.
Lavender: 47 species, mint family, used in medicine, cooking, cosmetics, and perfumes. Calming scent, popular day trip locations with gift shops.
Fragrant marigolds in vibrant colors repel pests, easy to grow with a strong scent. Hardy annuals, ideal for natural insect repellent.
Peppermint: Fragrant herb, memory aid. Grow in shade, moist soil. Use container to control spread. Aids studying, enhances flavor.
Pine oil: potent, fresh scent, triggers memories. Caution: allergies, skin sensitivity. Topical use for aromatherapy, not near eyes or ingestion.