CHEMICAL FREE HERBAL GARDEN SPRAYS
In order to make chemical free herbal garden sprays, it is simply a matter of putting together the right mixture to do the desired job.
Below are recipes to make treatments for plants and humans that will help with the most common bug-related issues. These must be handled with care, but the good news is they contain no dangerous pesticides or other chemicals that can cause illness in humans.
Recipe to Kill Aphids
For both aphids and fungal diseases, this recipe will work wonders. Use several large rhubarb leaves, one quart of water and one teaspoon of soap flakes. Chop the leaves and place in a saucepan with water, cover and bring to a boil. Next, strain the leaves and dissolve soap in a little hot water before adding to the rhubarb leaves. Bottle and use once a week on your garden.
Recipe for Mildew Treatment
This recipe is a bit more complex, but when done correctly it will be highly successful. Use four teaspoons of bicarb of soda, three teaspoons of soap flakes, one cup of warm water, three teaspoons of vegetable oil, four teaspoons of vinegar and 40 drops of tea tree oil. Mix soap, water and bicarb, then add vegetable oil and tea tree oil. Next mix in vinegar. Bottle and make sure to lable it. Then use three or four tablespoons for each quart of water before spraying on plants.
Bug Repellent for People
Use 2 ½ teaspoons of lemon-scented tea tree oil, one teaspoon each of cedarwood and patchouli oils and ½ teaspoon of manuka oil. You will also need two teaspoons of vodka, witch hazel extract, grape seed or almond oil.
Mix the oils together and pour into a bottle that is clearly labeled. Set aside for four days. Then add four drops to two full ounces of water, add vodka or witch hazel extract and then use grape seed or almond oil to fill. Finally, shake well before applying to exposed skin.
These recipes are a good start to turning away from commercialized mixes that contain chemicals that can be dangerous. While these can also be dangerous if not handled properly, they are at least naturally occurring substances.
People who tend to use these over commercial sprays and repellents find they are much happier with the outcome and are far less likely to get sick from eating their own produce or trying to keep themselves safe from bugs.
Other options are available with a little searching. With minimal effort on your part, there is no longer a need to purchase these type of chemical-laden products from the market. Instead, be comfortable with all the products you spray on your plants and your own skin.
The use of chemical free herbal garden sprays is also good for the plants, as some of the sprays used to kill bugs can also have a harmful impact on the plant that receives the spray. Therefore, it is a triple win situation to avoid those products.