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
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 ant
trails will reroute the workers, or even completely discourage
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.
essential oils commonly found in natural insect repellents include
cedarwood, lemongrass, and peppermint.
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
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
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 mice.
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
Repels cabbage white butterflies, carrot root flies, moths, ants,
sticks. Sprinkle dried crumbled age around plants to ward off
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,
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.
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
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
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.
Lemongrass 3 parts
Lavender 4 parts
Peppermint 1 part
Pennyroyal 1 part
Thyme 1 part
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
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.
is an old-fashioned way to help fight fungal disease on your plants,
kelp has been added to strengthen the plants by the important
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.
mildew and aphids:
Boil nettles for 10 minutes in just enough water to cover. Cool,
strain and use as a spray.
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.