Simple Herbal Gifts: Gingham Dog and Calico Cat Flea Pillows

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Make small sachets for small, tidy pets, or stuff the whole amount into a large denim pillow for larger, itchier animal friends. Pennyroyal is especially effective as a flea repellent.

Cat Blend

• 2 ounces dried pennyroyal (about 2 cups)
• 1 ounce dried catnip (about 1 cup)
• 1 ounce chamomile (about 1 cup)
• A few drops peppermint oil

Dog Blend

• 2 ounces dried pennyroyal (about 2 cups)
• 1 ounce dried thyme (about 1 cup)
• 1 ounce dried wormwood (about 1 cup)
• A few drops pennyroyal oil

Use whole or cut herbs. This mixture can be refreshed by adding fresh oil from time to time.

From Jeanne Rose’s Modern Herbal: Practical Uses for Herbs in Today’s Home.

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