I am not a fan of pesticides, but sometimes the aphids or whitefly get too overwhelming. In that instance, I reach for a batch of my garlic and neem oil spray recipe. This is a fabulous organic pest and bug spray.
Neem Oil is made from the kernels of an Indian tree and has traditionally been used to treat anything from headlice to malaria.
It is good to use in the garden as it is nontoxic to humans and bees but is effective to chewing insects like caterpillars and whitefly.
In fact, neem oil spray is known to be effective against over 200 species of chewing or sucking insects! It also fights fungi, mildews and rusts.
How does neem oil work?
“It reduces insect feeding and acts as a repellent. It also interferes with insect hormone systems, making it harder for insects to grow and lay eggs. Azadirachtin can also repel and reduce the feeding of nematodes. Other components of neem oil kill insects by hindering their ability to feed.“(1)
There’s a reason garlic has been used for centuries as a natural medicine – it has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. These attributes are also what make this healing herb such a potent pesticide.
Make your own Effective Pesticide – Garlic and Neem oil Spray Recipe
1.) Crush/roughly chop 1 bulb of garlic – a food processor makes short work of this task.
2.) Add 2 cups of water and leave overnight.
4.) Pass through a fine sieve into a bottle.
Use Neem and Garlic Spray on affected plants 1-2 times per week until the infestation has gone.
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Dana is a homesteading, homeschooling mama to 3, based in the south of New Zealand.
She is a Certified Ketogenic Living Coach, and natural wellness expert, as well as a Registered Nurse, with post grad training in mothers and babies. She has struggled with infertility and PCOS and conceived all 3 babies naturally.
Dana is passionate about natural health and gentle parenting. With a background in well child / baby nursing she loves sharing what she knows with mamas, mamas-to-be and mama-want-to-be’s.
She enjoys getting out in the garden, or just sitting at the beach in the sun. Dana also blogs about fertility and pregnancy at naturalearthymama.com, coaches people through Simplyketogeniclife.com and creates meal plans for earthlarder.com