DIY rosemary smudge stick (insect repellent)

Every year I give my rosemary plants a good prune to keep them happy and encourage growth. I always end up with far more rosemary than I can use in my cooking so this time, I decided to bind them in a bundle and dry to use as a natural insect repellent. Smudge sticks are more commonly made with sage but rosemary works just as well.

To use, simply light one end of the smudge stick and then gently wave it in the air until it starts to smolder. I like to place mine in a fireproof container at the door; the fumes they release help keep pesky mosquitoes away from the house.
To make your own rosemary smudge sticks, you'll need:

Rosemary, trimmed to 15cm lengths
Kitchen string or twine (must be natural fibre as you will be burning these)

Method:

1. Trim rosemary sprigs into 15cm lengths.
2. Bundle about 8-10 sprigs and tie a tight knot at one end.
3. Wind the kitchen string up until you reach the other end and wind the string back down.

4. Secure with knot, leaving enough string for tying and handling.
5. Hang in a dry spot until completely dry (3-4 weeks) before using.

25 Responses to DIY rosemary smudge stick (insect repellent)

Catherine said...

I like this idea. It is all natural and I do like the smell of Rosemary. I will definitely try this for next season. Catherine

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I love this natural and lovely smelling mosquito repellant! Thanks!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, they are so pretty, Trishie, and I'll bet they smell sooooo good! A great idea - perfect for an outdoor dinner party, too. xo Karen

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I didn't know that rosemary repels insects. Will have to keep this in mind for next summer.

Rose said...

Rosemary has a lovely mild scent. Great idea.

Feronia said...

What a great idea! Thanks for this :)

Pamela RG said...

You are so talented Trishie. This is a clever way to keep those Mosquitos out during the summer. It must smell good too.

Rigel said...

Wow! I didn't think to do that with Rosemary. What a great insect repellant - so much better than the chemical ones . Going to do this on the weekendLove it Trishie! x

My Garden Diaries said...

All I can say is brilliant!!! I need to remember this for the summer! What a great idea and I bet it smells amazing!!! Wishing you a lovely weekend friend! Nicole xoxo

Iliska Dreams said...

I am so trying this. Jarvis and I both get attacked my mozzies constantly

burntfeather said...

Oh wow and it works? I hate mossies with a passion - grrrrr! I also really love the smell of rosemary so a big double win :) On a random side note (and since you're the only person I know who watches bachelor) were you a little miffed at the end result, aka Blake and Louise - so funny!

Dre | no frills mum said...

We have a huge rosemary bush which desperately needs pruning...will be making some of these for sure! x Dre

Anouk said...

So cool that you can make your own insect repellent! I didn't know. Looks great too.

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

Wonderful idea. I should try this next summer, but first I have to plant rosemary first. :)

trishie said...

@burntfeather OMG I find the whole Bachelor saga so ridiculous and yes funny too when I think about it. What a tool!

Ananka said...

Oh I do love Rosemary :-)

I wonder if this would work for midges - you know the little blighters that plague us in Scotland! I get eaten alive with them during the summer. At least I don't need to worry about them for a while....

Sharon D said...

What a neat thing to do. You are full of great ideas! :D

Jessica said...

I had read about this before but I have never tried it! Next summer I will have to give it a go.

Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Kati said...

Oh, I have never heard of that. So cool!

-Kati

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This is brilliant!

Sonia De Macedo said...

This is so interesting! I never knew it repelled insects, and I have a major insect phobia and general dislike. This is a must!

Sxx
www.daringcoco.com

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Dear Trishie, rosemary is my very favorite herb of all times - I dry some every year as well, as I have so many plants by now - now this is new idea, I did not know that dried rosemary repels insects - that must smell so wonderful. Your photos are utterly delightful - alway such a joy looking at them! MY favorite one is the one with the bundles of dried rosemary!
Andrea

Kelsea Echo said...

I had no idea you could do this with rosemary! I guess there aren't a lot of mosquitoes here, so that's probably why I've never needed to learn. So cool though!

Jane said...

how interesting! i am definitely trying this next summer!!

rooth said...

I feel so dumb - I had NO idea this keeps mosquitoes away