Tuesday, 15 April 2014

DIY: Natural Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe

 

 

This recipe for homemade insect repellent has been used for generations in our village. It is the same recipe that we use in arathi thattu for weddings. When my son was a baby, everyday I used to put him to sleep in thooli / Indian baby hammock. I followed all the traditions that was practiced for generations in raising a baby. Though at first I didn't understand the reason for certain traditions, I just followed them, trusting my elders. Now that I am researching into our home remedies and traditions, I am so glad I followed the instructions of my elders. Now all these customs and traditions are backed by science and I am able to understand the reason for these traditions much better now. One such custom is placing a bowl filled with navadhanya grains, slaked lime and turmeric paste under the Indian baby hammock/ thooli. I never under stood the meaning for this ritual, but since I am a firm believer of our traditions, I used to religiously keep the bowl under his bed. Now it has been proven that this mixture is one of the best homemade insect repellent recipes and it helps to protect the child from insect bites. Navadhanya grains is used mainly for navagraha pooja and it contains nine cereals combined together. The navagraha pooja is a prayer offered to the nine planets and the navadhanya grains are said to be effective in purifying the energy field of the place. We get navadhanya grains already mixed together in markets. To make this homemade insect repellant, first get fresh turmeric paste by rubbing a turmeric over a coarse stone. Mix together navadhanya grains, turmeric paste and water in a bowl. Now to the turmeric and navadhanya mixture, add slaked lime till the mixture turns red. Place this homemade insect repellent mixture under the thooli/ Indian baby hammock. You can also use this recipe for making arthi during ceremonies.  

 


METHOD:
1. Rub a piece of turmeric on a coarse stone to get turmeric paste.


2. These are the navadhanya grains.


3. Mix the navadhanya grains, water and turmeric paste to make a very runny mixture.


4. Add the slaked lime to the mixture till it turns red.


NOTES:
  • You can use good quality turmeric powder, instead of turmeric paste for this homemade insect repellent.
  • If you have bought a large pack of navadhanya, dry it well in sunlight for a day then store it.
  • We change this mixture every day, but you can use it for 2 to 3 days too.

15 comments:

  1. Anything on ant repellant

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  2. Mix edible camphor with water and sprinkle over the area, usually it does the trick.....

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  3. hi anything for mosquitoes? :) thnx learnt a lot from ur blog:)

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    1. Priya, There is a recipe for mosquito repellent in the blog that is neem based. I will be posting a few more very soon....:)

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  4. while googling for karpooravalli,i got to your blog.A very nice one.Keep posting.

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  5. Amazing blog Ramya...

    Cud u tell me wat is slaked lime n wer to get it

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    1. Thanks a lot Jyothi. Slaked lime is the regular chuna or sunnambu that we use along with betel leaf......

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  6. Hi Ramya,

    This is my second comment on your blog...Thanks again for such a wonderful blog....I do not know whether my question is appropriate to this blog...On reading the above article on insect repellent, you have mentioned that you had practised all the traditional ways in raising up your little son..I am a new mom and my son is four months old....Can you share the traditional ways (such as keeping navadhaniyams) in bringing up the child.....Even if not s elaborate, can you give atleast few points on this ? Am very keenly looking foward for your reply...My email id is gowthapriya@yahoo.com.

    Thanks a heap once again...

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    1. Hi Gowthapriya, I have already done a post on it, please refer to it here: http://www.wildturmeric.net/2014/04/homemade-insect-repellent.html

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  7. Thanks for your wonderful insect repellent. I was wondering if you have something for bed bugs. .
    I'm ashamed to ask you. . but I'm badly in need of one. Thanks once again.. Deep regards. .

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    1. I am very sorry, I don't know any repellent for bed bugs...

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  8. Ramya,luv ur blog..is there any remedy for fruit flies or will this method ward these flies off??

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    1. Dear kavya, I am so very sorry for the late reply and I am very glad you find the blog useful :). For fruit flies, you can try a diffuser with essential oils like camphor or eucalyptus or citronella essential oil..

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  9. Will this method effective for getting rid of cockroach ...pl..i badly in need of cockroach repellent..

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    1. No this method will not get rid of cockroach, I will post remedies for it very soon..

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