Basil plants can also repel insect pests in your garden, or you can crush or burn the leaves for a more powerful punch of bug repellent on the homestead porch. Instead of using a chemical insect repellent, you can make your own for half the expense and in hardly no time. Making an insect repellent out of fresh basil not only works to keep stinging insects off of you while working around the home or camp it also has a nice smell. Checkout what doityourself.com has to say about using basil as an insect repellent and how you can make your own spray following their instructions.
Making Insect Repellent with Basil
Fresh basil is one of the many ingredients you can use to make an insect repellent. Basil insect repellent not only keeps stinging bugs away, but it has a pleasant aroma as well. Making this type of natural insect repellent requires only a basic few steps and can be done quickly. Rather than cover your skin with chemically anti-insect products that must be reapplied frequently, make your own natural mixture. You will save money and smell better while wearing the spray.
Note: Because this homemade insect repellent calls for a small amount of vodka, if you are not of legal drinking age, you won’t be able to acquire the ingredient. In this case, have a parent or guardian assist you with the making of the mixture.
Step 1: Prepare the basil
Step 2: Boil water for steeping
Step 3: Transfer infused water
Step 4: Mix with carrier alcohol
Step 5: Apply insect repellent