Herbs and autopathy
Because I heard Mr. Cehovsky talk about autopathy of plants, I decided to act when herbs on the balcony that were intended for home use had to be freed of plant pests.
Several kinds of herbs – mint, nasturtium, spear saltbush and others – were attacked by a tiny worm that devoured everything that was green between the upper and the lower sides of the leaves and what remained was an empty space between the fibres. Obviously, there was one type of a pest on the various plants.
I separated one worm with the help of a needle and nail scissors (the length was about 0,5 mm) and threw it into a cleaned glass medicine bottle. I poured small quantity of drinking water from a 1,5 l bottle over it – without bubbles – and I boiled it for about 10 seconds.
I poured the resulting fluid, as it was, back into the 1,5 l bottle and shook it. Then, instead of the bottle cap, I attached a small sprinkler and sprinkled the affected plants with it regularly for the whole of the following week, until the water had run out.
The parasite did not reappear on any of the new leaves, nor was it active again even on the damaged leaves.
It was interesting to observe during the summer, how even plant lice avoided the treated plants. When I bought herbs in pots in a shop and placed them in the immediate neighbourhood to the treated plants, plant pests attacked the bought plants, but in spite of the direct contact between the leaves, none dared to cross over to the treated plants until the autumn.
I could then use the herbs without problems for my home use – for tea, food, and cosmetics.
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