When mosquitoes bite, they can cause infections, allergic reactions, pain, irritation and itching. They can also transmit diseases such as malaria and encephalitis. According to the University of California, the oils from the rosemary plant can work as a mosquito repellent.
According to Purdue University, people have traditionally used rosemary as an insect repellent. Considered to be a medicinal plant, rosemary is also used as an external stimulant and as a relaxant for nervousness and muscle spasms.
According to Iowa State University, plants only release repellent oils when you crush the leaves. To use rosemary as a mosquito repellent, crush the leaves, and rub them on your skin.
You could be allergic to rosemary, so test a small amount on your inner forearm for one day. If your skin becomes irritated or red, discontinue use immediately.
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