Lavender has very different effects on insects

Lavender has very different effects on insects

Lavender attracts butterflies and bees

The characteristic lavender scent has a strong attraction on butterflies, bees and bumblebees. For this reason alone, the scented plant should not be missing in any garden, after all, it offers these useful animals a popular source of food. The planting of bees and butterflies friendly plants in domestic gardens is becoming more and more important, as the animals are losing their nutritional basis due to industrial agriculture with its monocultures and pesticides as well as due to urbanization. Hobby beekeepers can also offer their bees lavender, a plant that will bloom well into autumn, and lavender honey is a delicacy,

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Lavender drives away annoying insects

As attractive as lavender may be to bees, butterflies and bumblebees, it is also a deterrent to annoying insects such as mosquitoes. For this reason, lavender oil in particular has been a frequently used protective agent against the nasty little bloodsuckers since ancient times. If possible, you should not use lavender products bought in the supermarket or drugstore for a strong effect, as these are usually stretched with synthetic fragrances and thus achieve a weaker result. Lavender develops the full content of essential oils only under optimal growth conditions, ie with sun, warmth and sufficient water.

Lavender vinegar against mosquitoes

In addition to lavender oil, which is either applied directly to the skin or evaporates in a fragrance lamp, lavender cider vinegar is also an effective home remedy for mosquitoes. You can easily make the vinegar yourself:

  • Take a clean glass bottle.
  • Put about one to two handfuls of dried lavender flowers in there.
  • Now fill the bottle with white wine vinegar.
  • Let the mixture sit in a dark place for about two weeks.
  • Shake the bottle daily.
  • Strain the lavender flowers and pour the liquid into a spray bottle.
  • You can now spray rooms with the lavender cider vinegar, but also apply it to the skin.

Tips & Tricks

For a stronger effect, it is better to use crested or spotted lavender instead of real lavender. These varieties have a higher proportion of essential oils.