Mother Earth Living

Natural Pesticide: Send Pests Packing with Herbs

Herb Basics
By The Herb Companion Staff
September/October 2003


Content Tools

Related Content

Green Architecture: Connect Your Home to Nature Part 2

Guest blogger Bill Hutchins comments on the relationships of our family and community and natural wo...

Changing Whole Cityscapes into Gardens, Just a Few Steps from Everyone’s Kitchen

My Mobilegro invention is much more than the next new innovative home gardening product to hit the m...

Growing Herbs in Texas: Fall Gardening and Minutina

One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina. 

Natural Itching Relief: Make a Plantain Anti-Itch Balm

Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, ...

The scent of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) makes insects want to go elsewhere. Dilute 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus essential oil in 2 cups of warm water and put the mixture in a spray bottle — mist around plants, ant trails or other infested areas.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil helps repel moths. Apply the oil to a cotton ball, tie a string around it, and hang it in your closet. This smells delightful, too.

Also for closets, try hanging sprigs of wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) to repel moths and other insects.

Tuck a bay leaf (Laurus nobilis) or two into your kitchen containers of rice, flour and other grains. Compounds in bay keep weevils from hatching.

Cayenne (Capsicum annuum), a warming medicinal herb, helps dispel some of the worst garden pests. Brew 1 teaspoon of dried or fresh crushed pepper in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes. This makes a particularly effective bug spray for plants.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 50%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.