Herbs for Hearth and Home

Fancy that !

Add 4 drops of essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or peppermint to a 1/2 cup of baking soda. Divide the soda into a pair of clean socks, fold them over and stuff them inside a pair of sneakers or work boots. Leave it overnight to deodorize and absorb odors. To re-use the soda, add another drop of oil.

herb sachets

Moth repellent herbs.

Lavender, cotton lavender [ Santolina ], rosemary, wormwood, sweet woodruff, feverfew, tansy, patchouli. You can combine several of these herbs and place them in muslin or tulle’ bags and tuck them in cabinets, closets, attics. They will repel mice and insects. No bags? Used dryer sheets work just as well. Add about 1 tablespoon of the herbs to a dryer sheet, tie it with a twist tie and place them in cabinets.

Safe and effective flea spray.

1 cup of water

4 drops of tea tree oil

4 drops of lavender essential oil

Add the water and essential oils to a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Keep the spray handy and lightly spritz the pet’s fur before they go outside. Careful not to spray near the eyes, nose or mouth.

Peppermint oil for cleaning pet areas.

2 cups of warm water

5 drops of peppermint oil

Add the water and peppermint oil to a spray bottle. To use: Spray the pet area and wipe it down, use the spray in pet carriers, spray inside the dog house and allow it to dry. Controls odors and disinfects as well.

Herbal antiseptic lotion.

2 teaspoons of dried thyme

1 teaspoon of dried yarrow

1 teaspoon of calendula flowers

1 cup of boiling water

1/4 cup witch hazel

Place the herbs in a glass bowl  and pour the water over the herbs. Cover the bowl and allow the herbs to steep for an hour. Strain out the herbs, add the liquid and the witch hazel to a spray bottle. Use this lotion on insect bites, scrapes, blisters.

~ Meadow Walker


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