12.Natural Flea Control Options

Although Flea season may be at it’s end for this year, fleas are still among us. Today, we discussed Natural Herbal Approaches to Flea Control using herbal and homesteading practices.

Herbs in the News

Switchboard, the staff blog of the Natural Resource Defense Council, published an article entitled “Can We Make L.A. Graywater Ready?” discussing Mayor Garcetti’s plan to reduce L.A.’s wastewater over the next few years. The Practical Herbalist team discussed responsible use of graywater given the level of chemicals of emerging concern in our water supply.

Herbal 101

​Herbalists use a variety of terms to describe the properties of herbs. We discussed the difference between expectorant and antitussive herbs and how they relieve coughs.

Herbs we discussed:

  • Cherry Bark
  • Elecampagne
  • Osha
  • Horehound
  • Mullen
  • Coltsfoot
  • Honey
  • Syrups (sugars)
  • Marshmallow
  • Licorice
  • Agrimony
  • Thuja and the Cedar family
  • Bea Balm
  • Feverfew
  • Oxeye Daisy
  • Rosemary
  • Yarrow
  • Thyme
  • Garlic
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Burdock
  • Dandelion
  • Red Clover
  • Licorice
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Chrysanthemum family
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Mullen
  • Bitter Orange essential oil
  • Calendula
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Pennyroyal
  • Eucalyptus
  • Bay Laurel and Myrtle
  • Cherry Plum
  • Crab Apple
  • Apis

The Practical Herbalist Team

Candace Hunter, Sue Sierralupe and Patrick Hunter have been working together as the Practical Herbalist/Real Herbalism Radio team for many years. They have published 10 books which are available in Kindle form.

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