Herbal Medicines are easy to grow and use. Here are some herbal pesticides to help keep unwanted insects away from your herbs.

To repel slugs, snails, and aphids.

Plant basil and tomatoes in parallel rows, or plant basil as a border around the tomato patch. Helps to repel hornworms, white fly, and aphids. Pots of
basil may also be placed next to a frequently opened door to keep flies and mosquitoes away.

To repel fleas, grubs, caterpillars, moths, and weevils. Dried bay leaves placed in jars of stored grain deter weevils. Scattering leaves on pantry shelves repel ants. Dried leaves folded into clothing are a good
substitute for moth balls. If you're plagued by cockroaches, spread some crushed bay leaves around your kitchen cupboards.

Borage is said to strengthen the resistance to insects and disease of any plants neighboring it. It is an especially good companion for strawberries.

Mix two tablespoons of red pepper (just the regular kind you find in your local grocery store) and six drops of dishwashing soap in a gallon jug of
water. The concoction works best if you let it ferment overnight, and then stir it to dissolve as much of the red pepper as possible. The formula works best on brassica crops cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and collards. The same ingredients are wonderfully effective in deterring ants in the kitchen. Just a dousing at entry points, or a small sprinkling on
trails will reroute the workers, or even completely discourage them.

Splash some chamomile tea on your exposed skin, face, arms, and legs before going outside.

Used for apple scab and aphids. Made into a strong tea and used as a spray, it can be used for downy mildew and powdery mildew.

Used for aphids, red spider mites and moths

Deters cabbage moth and carrot fly.

A powerful insect repellant and is said to repel cockroaches, according to a report in Science News.

Can be used as an insect repellant.

Inter-planted in the garden, garlic is effective against onion flies, Japanese beetles, grubs, black fly, and red spider mites. Garlic grown in a circle around apple trees hinders borers and weevils. Under-plant roses
to discourage aphids.

Keeps moths away, can act as a bug repellent for flies and mosquitoes.

Most natural insect repellents are made with an essential oil distilled from citronella, a grass indigenous to Southern Asia. Other aromatic
essential oils commonly found in natural insect repellents include cedarwood, lemongrass, and peppermint.

Lemon verbena:
Deters midges and flies.

Mints deter white cabbage moths, by repelling the worm's butterflies. They also reduce aphid populations by repelling the ants that carry them into the plants. Mint planted near doorways, or as a foundation plant, will help
keep ants from entering the house and ward off mosquitoes. Planted around a
dog run, mint will divert black flea beetles. Mint is also effective dried and can be scattered on kitchen selves to repel ants, used in sachet form against clothes moths, and placed in dog bedding against fleas.

Neem tree:
Thought to repel locusts, and the extracts of its leaves and fruit fend off as many as 200 species of insects, worms and mites.

Repels cabbage butterflies.

Repels rose beetles and carrot flies.

Has the ability to repel ants, flies, gnats, mosquitoes, fleas, and even

Rosemary helps repel moths, mosquitoes, bean beetles, and carrot flies. It is effective fresh or dried can be used in closets to ward off clothes moths
and silverfish.

Repels cabbage white butterflies, carrot root flies, moths, ants, slugs,
and sticks. Sprinkle dried crumbled age around plants to ward off fungal

Deter bean beetles.

Thyme is effective against moths, cabbage root flies, and white flies, which makes it a good companion to eggplant and anything in the cabbage family,
such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower.

Yarrow can take care of a number of pests such as fleas, ticks, and mosquito.

Some Combinations:
All Purpose:
Mix equal parts of yarrow, lavender leaves, and chopped onion. add enough hot water to cover and steep overnight. Strain and use as a spray.

All Purpose using EO's:
10 Drops of essential oil Thyme
10 drops of essential oil Lavender
2 drops essential oil Cloves
1 gallon of water.
Mix and spray evenly on all plants and shrubs,
Water the plants well before spraying so the solutions disperse . This can be used up to 3 times a month

All purpose including slugs and snails:
Cover wormwood leaves with boiling water and let steep for 3 hours. Strain and dilute with 3 parts water. Especially useful when sprayed around young
plants and seedlings. For an insect repellant combine lavender, pennyroyal, pyrethrum, southwood, tansy and wormwood. Make an infusion and apply to
the skin when cool or spray in a room.

Bug spray:
Lemongrass 3 parts
Lavender 4 parts
Peppermint 1 part
Pennyroyal 1 part
Thyme 1 part

This blend which can be used in a diffuser for the air and then mix with water in a 1% blend to make a spray or grapeseed oil using a 1% blend. Add a little vitamin E to the oil to help preserve

Caterpillars, aphids, and flea beetles:
Mix equal parts of chopped mint, onion , garlic and lavender stems. Cover with water and steep for 24 hours, strain and use as a spray.

Mold and fungal diseases:
Mix five tablespoons chopped garlic with three tablespoons grated soap (or liquid dish soap). Add one quart of boiling water, allow to cool then
strain and use as a spray.

This is an old-fashioned way to help fight fungal disease on your plants, kelp has been added to strengthen the plants by the important of trace
minerals. Simmer 1/4 cup fresh or dried horsetail in 4 cups of water in a non-metal or stainless steal pan for 25 minutes. Continue to steep for 24 hours. Strain and reserve the tea. Add 1/2 teaspoon of kelp extract.
Spray on affected plants as needed.

Powdery mildew and aphids:
Boil nettles for 10 minutes in just enough water to cover. Cool, strain and use as a spray.

Thrips, moths, aphids and spider mites:
Steep 1 rounded cupful of dried feverfew flowers in 1 quart of hot soapy
water for 1 hour. Strain, allow to cool and use as a spray.

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