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Monday, May 21, 2012

Natural Tansy Insect Repellant

We have wild tansy growing on our property.  It is listed as a noxious weed in Idaho, but we don't have much of it so I leave some of it to grow instead of mowing over it.  You can use it as a companion plant with cabbage and other garden plants as an insect repellant.  I'm going to make a spray to keep cabbage worms at bay.  Once used for medicinal purposes such as de-worming, it has toxic properties and should be used with caution for human consumption.  However, as a natural insect repellant, I'm going to give it a try.

Homemade Tansy Insect Spray and other uses.

Tansy photo credit here

6 comments:

Dani said...

Cool - will have to see if tansy is available here.. :)

Jada's Gigi said...

does it work for mosquitoes?

Mrs. Mac said...

Jada's Gigi
here's a link on natural homemade mosquito repellants

http://www.ehow.com/facts_7468185_100_-natural-mosquito-repellent.html

Sandy said...

Mrs. Mac, Thanks for the advice on the Tansy. This is one, I'm going to have to keep. I love the butterfly picture.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I've grown tansy before. I don't remember why I don't have it. I do know that a friend gave me some fern leaf tansy, that does not get as large, and I'm thinking does not spread as much. After 3 or 4 winters, it died.

I hope your concoction with it works.

Thanks for your nice comment on my Wildflower Wednesday post.

Laurie said...

I grow tansy, but only knew it as an ant repellant. I'm going to have to research it further. Let us know how it works with cabbage worms.