Herbal Remedies and Natural Insect Repellents
Before the induction of man-made chemicals, people learned how to use natural ways to cure illnesses using herbs, deter hungry scavengers from destroying crops and insects such mosquitoes and other harmful pests from spreading disease. Here are recipes we have found that can help you do the same.
Bug Spray From Dried or Fresh Herbs
Mosquitos can ruin even the most beautiful day, no matter where you live. Recently here in Nicaragua, the rainy season started and well... a week later we can barely stand to be outside, especially at sunset on a still evening. Here is one of our recipes to make your own naturally repellent free from deet and other harmful chemicals.
Extra strong mosquito repellent
It takes a bit longer to make, but the strength of this mixture is stronger and more effective at repelling mosquitoes. Pick the one that is most appropriate for your situation.
A tincture is a concentrated liquid form of an herb that is easy to make and easy to take. Tinctures preserve and concentrate the properties of the herb, making them more effective and longer lasting.
Alcohol based tinctures have a shelf life of several years and are easy to use when needed. Keeping several on hand will ensure you have remedies for all all your needs as they arise.
COLD BREW JAMAICA (HIBISCUS ICED TEA)
Jamaica Flowers known as Rosell from the Hibiscus Sabdariffa plant, can usually be found in the form of dried flowers in the tea or international sections of the grocery store and in Latin American specialty stores.
The tea has a tart cranberry-like flavor and is used traditionally as a mild medicine. The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive system, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It has been know to be used to cure liver disease and reducing the risk of cancer.