If you want the mosquito-repelling benefit, you need to take a few of the leaves, crush them up a little, and then rub them on your arms and legs. This is a bit of a failure for people with sensitive or skin allergies. And for others who find themselves especially attractive to bites, this may not work well enough to make a difference. But for many people who are searching for more natural mosquito remedies, and don’t have allergies, these plants make a noticeable difference, and they’ll leave you smelling good!
If you’re pressed for time before going outdoors, just add some stems of the plants to areas with foot traffic to release some mosquito-repelling oils with every step you take.