REPELLENT HERBS DETERRENT FOR MOTH, MICE, & SPIDERS
Before the garden is shrouded in heavy frost, I like to gather a large supply of repellent herbs for sachets. These pungent herbs help to keep mice, spiders, silverfish, and meal moths away from storage areas. Some of my favorite repellent herbs include Sweet Annie, Tansy, Bee Balm, Wormwood, Mugwort, Patchouli, Mint, and Hissop. Here are some ways that I find them to be useful:
REPELLENT HERBS | DETERRENT FOR MOTH, MICE, & SPIDERS
Strew Sweet Annie, Wormwood, & Mint around the attic and basement to deter mice and spiders.
Place Patchouli or Mugwort leaves in old books to repel silver fish.
Hang bunches of Mint & Bee Balm in the pantry to prevent the infestation of indian meal moth, grain moth, flour moth, pantry moth, or weevil moth.
Store natural wreaths and decorations with a sachet filled with repellent herbs to deter insects and meal moths.
Although not completely fool-proof, these herbs are very helpful. Why not give it a try?
Yellow dock is a native of Europe and has now naturalized in the United States. It can be found growing in almost every state across this country. Its tall spikes of seeds are often spotted along country roads and wayside meadows. For decades I have used the seed head in arrangements and home decor statements but have recently found the root to be especially good for health.
The roots, like dandelion and burdock, help to improve acne, headaches, and constipation caused by a sluggish digestive system. It promotes the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder and the absorption of nutrients and minerals. Yellow dock is used as a natural remedy for treating anemia, poor hair, fingernail, and skin disorders.
My daughter and I have been drinking this tea for several weeks and have already seen positive results. Most of us would benefit from learning more about the liver and its importance to our health. I highly recommend doing some research before using this natural remedy.
These days, before tossing yellow dock on the compost heap, I'll remove the roots for drying and the seedpods for floral designs. Here are a few tips for drying the roots and brewing a healthy tea:
DRYING YELLOW DOCK ROOTS
Dig as much of the tap root as possible. They can be hard to extract from the soil.
Trim and remove the green leaves from the roots.
Place unwashed roots in a wicker basket and store in a dry shed or attic until needed.
BREWING ROOT TEA
Rinse and wash only the roots you need for the brew.
Chop root in one inch chunks and boil several pieces rapidly for one hour.
Add mint leaves, if desired, to help mask the bitter flavor.
Red clover is a perennial plant that grows wild in America...and in many countries abroad from what I read about it. It purifies the blood and enhances the function of the liver, which is the body's natural detoxification organ. A cup of soothing red clover tea also relieves monthly PMS symptoms and menopausal hot flashes for many women.
These are some of the reasons to gather clover blossoms for winter tea. The flower head, used to make herbal tea, ranges from pink to purple or red. Hang clover blossoms in a warm attic or pantry to dry. My method for making Clover Tea is below.
RED CLOVER TEA | A LIVER CLEANSER INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup of dried clover flowers
2 cup of boiling water
dried mint leaves
Place clover flowers & mint leaves in a pint jar and fill with boiling water.
Steep 30 minutes and strain
Add honey to taste
Drink 2 cups daily - sipping throughout the day
WARNING Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take red clover.
A cup of peppermint tea is relaxing and comforting. This natural stress reliever encourages restful sleep, settles an uneasy tummy, and is a great decongestant for a stuffy nose. It is caffeine-free with lots of potassium, calcium and vitamin B. When drinking root teas, such as burdock, I always add mint to enhance the flavor and keep a jar of tea leaves by the stove.
HOW TO DRY GARDEN TEA | PEPPERMINT
Clip Peppermint stems, cluster with rubber bands, and hang to dry in a warm kitchen or attic.
When the leaves become brittle, remove them from the stem and store in mason jars.
BREWING A CUP OF TEA | PEPPERMINT
Bring 2 cups of spring water to a boil.
Add 4 blemish-free Peppermint leaves to the hot water.
Steep 5 minutes
Inhale the aroma as you sip the tea. (I don't bother to remove the leaves)
Optional: Use a tea ball for the leaves and add honey or sugar
They say you can travel the world in a tea cup. Mint tea always transports me to my summer herb garden even when a snowstorm is brewing outside.
Making provisions today...provides for tomorrow... Let's have some tea... Sally
Holistic living is about maintaining everyday well-being by using what nature has to offer. This journal is about herbal remedies, how to easily preserve your harvest, and ways to energize your health.