How to Make Mosquito Repellent Using Sage

It might seem difficult to decide which is worse: mosquitoes or the harsh chemical repellents often used to keep them away. The natural compounds in some herbs, such as sage, repel mosquitoes. So, with a sage-based homemade repellent, you can deter the insects and have peace of mind.

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By making your own bug spray, using sage (Salvia _officinalis_), hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 4 to 8, and a few other dried herbs, you can forgo chemical-based repellents. Then, focus on more enjoyable subjects -- camping, hiking, berry foraging or whatever outdoor recreational activity you like.

Step 1

Spoon 2 tablespoons each of dried sage; rosemary (_Rosmarinus officinalis_), which grows in USDA zones 7 to 11; lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8; thyme (_Thymus vulgaris_), which thrives in USDA zones 4 to 9; and mint (_Mentha spp._) cold-hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9, into a large canning jar.

Step 2

Pour 32 ounces of apple cider vinegar over the herbs. Screw the lid in place.

Step 3

Shake the jar daily for two weeks.

Step 4

Strain the herbs from the vinegar, using a fine-mesh strainer. Pour the liquid into two 32-ounce plastic spray bottles, filling each one half full. Refrigerate the herb-scented vinegar for two weeks.

Step 5

Add enough water to fill each bottle. Use the natural bug spray as you would a standard repellent.