Lavender is a flowering plant, grown in flower gardens, and used as an herb, a medicinal and a fragrance as it gives off a euphoric aroma that has kept it popular for centuries. It has its origins in the Mediterranean regions. For medicinal purpose and in aromatherapy ,lavender provides herbal relief for both headaches and insomnia and also serves as an eco-friendly insect repellant.
Lavender not only smells good, it serves as a natural insect repellent. It's eco-friendly and not harmful to people or pets. A Lavender spray mist will keep gnats and mosquitoes at bay. Lavender planted in strategic locations will also help to keep them away when trying to enjoy your yard, patio, garden or pool.
Many so-called natural mosquito repellents don't really work and are based on old wives tales and urban legends.
Different types of mosquitoes react to varying stimuli. Most mosquitoes are active at dawn or dusk, some hunt your blood during daylight.
Mosquitoes have an extremely limited olfactory system and lavender oil blocks the ability of the mosquito to smell out food sources - namely you. So when used as an oil , applied to the skin, it will work for some time, but like any repellents , be they chemical or natural , they will wear off.
Lavender plants work well, and don't wear off as the oil does.
The aromatic scent of lavender , you would think should attract insects. Lavender oil, however, actually repels mosquitoes and gnats.
Planted in conjunction with Citronella Grass , feverfew, lemon grass or Pennyroyal it works even better as the properties of the combined plants add more protection when strategically placed.