How to Use Sage as a Natural Insect Repellent
Love camping in the Adirondacks but hate the mosquitos? Dealing with bugs is a natural part of camping in the great outdoors, but don’t let the fear of bug bites stop you from your Adirondacks camping trip!
Mosquitoes thrive in warm and humid climates like Upstate New York and are attracted to certain odors in human skin. Most of the time campers use harsh chemical bug sprays to mask these odors, but there’s actually a better-smelling, non-toxic, all-natural alternative to these store-bought repellents: sage!
Keep reading to learn how to use this savory herb as a natural mosquito-repelling remedy:
Why Use Natural Bug Repellent?
The truth is, most mainstream bug sprays and mosquito repellents such as OFF or DEET contains chemicals and harsh toxins that can negatively affect both your body and the environment.
Human skin is incredibly absorbent, so anything you spray or rub on your skin enters your bloodstream and can have significant effects on your nervous and neurological system. Most recently, mainstream chemical bug sprays have been linked to adverse skin reactions, seizures in children, and asthma-like reactions.
And it’s not just humans! All animals are susceptible to the toxicity of chemicals in bug sprays. Over time, these toxins accumulate in high traffic capacities and traces of them can be found in the soil, groundwater, and surface water, affecting native species and throwing off the natural ecosystem.
Don’t let your bug spray harm the Adirondacks environment you love so much—go natural!
3 Ways to Use Sage as a Natural Insect Repellent
Both fresh and dried sage can be used in a variety of ways to ward of mosquitos the natural way:
Smoke Mosquitos Out
Settling around the campfire? Burning sage creates a smoky incense that smells good to us humans, but deters mosquitos from entering the vicinity. Adding a little sage to charcoal when starting a barbecue or the wood of your campfire will help prevent pesky bug bites as long as you stay near the smoke.
Rub Sage on Your Skin
Both fresh and dried herbs release natural essential oils when crushed. Simply rub freshly crushed sage leaves onto your skin to release the oils and create a barrier between you and the mosquitos.
Make Your Own Bug Spray
For full body coverage, you can make your own version of sprayable mosquito repellant by steeping dried sage in apple cider vinegar. Strain the sage out and transfer the mixture to a spray bottle for handy application.
Stock up on Sage at our Camp Shop!
This summer, in addition to firewood, you can pick up sage at our camp shop to ward of mosquitos naturally. Use these three methods to keep yourself bug-bite free so you are ready to take on all the sports, crafts, and games our Adirondack campsites has to offer. Reserve your camping spot for summer today!