I don’t know about you but I think one of my favorite parts about summer (and living in the north county where we have warm nights) is eating dinner outside. Al fresco dining makes me slow down and not only enjoy my meal and scenery a bit more, but I feel less rushed to jump up and clean the kitchen after dinner and actually enjoy conversation. I guess it’s that out of sight out of mind mentality. But with that there is always a flip side that can bug you, and in this case I really do mean bug. Pesky mosquitoes can easily ruin your ambiance, so why not add to the ambiance but also add some functionality? Plus these candles are super easy to make and actually really pretty, would make for a great wedding centerpiece in an outdoor reception.
- plant clipping (see list below from here)
- small mason jars
- tea light candles
- essential oils
All these plants can be planted by your front door, on a patio or even by a window sill for some quick clippings. I happen to have a few of these plants growing and took a stab….here are some specific plants I used and the bugs I was trying to repel..
Mint, Rosemary, lemon thyme – repels mosquitos
Bay Leaves- repels flies
Lavender- repels moths, fleas, mosquitos
Basil- repels flies and mosquitos
Fill your jars about 1/2 way with water and add your plant clipping combos based on what you are wanting to repel…
You can even add a few drops of essential oils to really up the functionality, plus it smells amazing!