Flying critters can also be kept away with herbs. Mosquitoes and flies are deterred by catnip and/or rosemary. Make small bouquets of the fresh herbs and hang around decks and patios or campsites. You can even hang some on yourself to help frighten away those pesky bugs.
Want to cut down the bacteria on counters? Thyme is one of the best antibacterial herbs and can easily be made into a household cleaning solution. Fill a jar (pint or quart depending on your needs) with fresh (this is best but dry will do) thyme leaves and cover with hot water. Steep for a good 30 minutes and strain. Mix in a drop or two of vegetable based soap, scrub and wipe. For additional scrubbing power, sprinkle a little baking soda on the area, then using your thyme cleaner, scrub and wipe.
Seems as if everyone has dark circles and under their eyes at one time or another. Forget the cucumber, try some parsley. Parsley contains vitamin c, vitamin K and chlorophyll which reduces inflammation and tightens and lightens skin. Crush some fresh parsley to make a kind of poultice, take a 10 – 15 minute break and lie quietly with the parsley under your eyes. So soothing.
Even the family egg layers can benefit from herbs. For those of you who have chickens, herbs in nest boxes can be calming and mite deterrents. Lavender, calendula flowers and yarrow make good additions to nests. Mix the lavender buds, calendula flowers and yarrow leaves and flowers in with the nesting material. All help to deter mites, lice and prevent itching. Lavender especially has a calming effect.
Next time you get ready to sprinkle herbs on your favorite dishes, give a nod as to whether those herbs might have some other interesting uses. Most likely they do!