In the course of my practice during the years I was an herbal
practitioner I got almost as many inquiries from people about their
pets, as from people about themselves.
At most times of the year, the questions had to do with fleas
and insects bothering pets, people, and infesting houses.
Short of hammering these horrible creatures over the head
individually, nothing really wipes them out effectively, except for
potent flea sprays or internal medications and poisons.
In the past, my technique was to have the house
professionally sprayed about once every five years, and then use
herbal remedies as repellents to keep fleas away.
I also fed myself, members of my family, and the dogs and
cats with plenty of flea repellent foods, such as those that contain
B vitamins, as well as using supplements of Brewer's yeast and B
vitamins. Nothing is as
detracting to a flea as B vitamin tasting skin.
They just refuse to get near a pet that has been made
healthy, whose coat and skin are shining with health from a daily
dose of B vitamins, Brewer's yeast, additional fatty acids from
wheat germ oil and a little zinc.
wonderful products on the market that one can use to effectively to
repel fleas as wall as flying insects.
Royal Guard Insect Repellent is one of the many completely
natural products that are available at health food stores or natural
pharmacies. Usually these products are composed of a variety of
essential oils in a carrier oil base. These oils traditionally known
for their insect repelling qualities include Myrrh, Pennyroyal,
Citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus and others in soy oil or Calendula
infused base. The
addition of Australian Tea Tree oil also helps to soothe the itch
and sting of insect bites. You
can rub the oils on yourself or on your pets, especially on the back
or belly of pets. Everyone
will smell good, while repelling the fleas. One can also compound
various herbs and rub them on cats, dogs and people to repel insects
and fleas. These powders
can be very effective and usually smell good as well.
Now, more often than not, I use the Royal Guard or similar
to inhabit dark corners, and smell warm tissue and jump to it.
If you mix powdered herbs, like Bay leaf and Eucalyptus
together and sprinkle this along the baseboards, and in corners, the
flea population will be considerably reduced.
You can also make flea herb pillows for your pets to sleep
on. The pillows should
be made of Pennyroyal, Eucalyptus and Bay for dogs and Catnip,
Valerian and Chamomile for cats.
These pillows are so entrancing to pets that they will claw,
suck and chew, generally attempting to destroy them to get to the
herbs inside. For this
reason, use a tough fabric, like denim to make the pillows.
Each should be stuffed with at least 8 ounces of the mixed
flea collar is easy and simple to make.
You will need a jelly jar, 4 - 8 feet of 4
inch cotton rope or thick yarn, 1 Tablespoon. of cocoa butter or
petroleum jelly and about 2
ounce of pure essential oil. The
oil should be a mixture of Pennyroyal, Citronella, Cedar, Bay,
Eucalyptus, Lavender or Sassafras.
I especially prefer a combination of the first four in equal
parts. Mix the essential
oil with the cocoa butter or petroleum jelly and cover the cotton
rope with it. Remember
to get the mixture into all parts of the rope.
You may have to untwist it a bit to force the mixture into
the spaces. Place this
rope in the jar, put the cover ion, and allow it to steep for a few
days. Remove the rope
and pull it through your fingers to remove the excess.
Cut lengths that will fit your children's ankles, petís
necks and tie in place using a square knot.
insect repellents are listed in Herbs
& Things, published by Last Gasp, 2001, and
available at better bookstores, health food shops or Herbal Books,
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