Once the winter frosts are over, the world of insects and spiders slowly comes back to life. Millions of mosquitoes, flies, clothes moths and… yes, ticks, are soon to be back. In fact, my dog has already picked up one, though the spring has barely started!
This plant repels a number of insects and arachnids. If you have it, the creatures will not visit your garden so eagerly
You can use its dried flowers to make decorative bouquets and fragrance sachets to repel arachnids and insects
Its beautiful yellow flowers look great in dry bouquets. Moreover, its scent scares away clothes moths, ticks, mosquitoes and flies.
It doesn’t have any particular requirements. Just like weeds it will grow wherever
It is an expansive plant so its growth has to be controlled. Its biggest plus is the fact that you don’t really need to look after it, even in the winter.
Just seed it or propagate it by division
The seeds are available in gardening stores. If you seed it in the spring, you will admire its lovely yellow flowers the same year.
It repels many insects and ticks
It contains active substances that repel ticks and other parasites. They also destroy bacteria, viruses and fungus.
Tansy has got healing properties but it is toxic
Tansy is used for making several medications of both external and internal use. Of course it is also used in herbal treatment. However, it must not be consumed as it contains thujone – its excessive amount can be toxic.
The tansy stew in a spray bottle
3 spoonful of dried tansy (leaves, stems, flowers) in 2 glasses of boiling hot water, stewed covered for 30 minutes. Then sieve it and pour into a spray bottle. Your tick repellent is ready!
Unfortunately, it can’t be stored long, so you’d better prepare it just before you set off.