Outdoor Remedies Pt. 1: Plants with Surprising Benefits
· Need relief from those summer bugs? Lemon Balm is a great way to help deter pesky insects from your outdoor living space! Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and looks very similar, with soft, slightly “furry” leaves. Instead of a minty scent, it has a strong lemon-like aroma, similar to citronella. That’s what repels the bugs. You can also crush the leaves and rub them on your skin, especially around areas prone to bug bites. You can plant Lemon Balm outside near your front or back door, deck, or patio. As a warning, however, Lemon Balm is invasive and can take over your garden, so it’s best to keep it contained in a pot.
· Sage is a great addition to any patio or garden! This culinary herb can spice up a number of dishes, from pork to stuffing. The small green plant can also create texture and contrast to any annual planter mix. In some studies, Sage has been found to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Like Lemon Balm, Sage can also be used as a bug repellant! Placing a bundle of leaves on a fire or hot coals will release an aroma that can deter insects. Sage is an annual plant, so it must either be brought indoors before a hard frost or replanted every year.
We’ll have even more great ideas in our next blog! Stay tuned!