Directions

  1. Mix borax and pepper in the howl.
  2. Cut each bay leaf into 4 or 5 pieces and add them to the bowl.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. To use, sprinkle a small amount in the corners of cupboards and pantry shelves.

Yield: 1 'A cups of pantry-protecting blend

Ants on the march in your home? To repel them, find where they're entering the house and sprinkle the area with fresh or dried tansy.

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Insects bugging you at your picnic? You can make your own bug-repellent candle by placing a few drops of pest-proofing essential oils in the well of a votive candle before lighting it, suggests herbalist Sue-Ryn Burns of Hill Woman Productions on Wellesiey Island, New York. Sue-Ryn's favorite insect-repelling combination of essential oils is: 3 parts citronelia, 2 parts lavender, 1 part eucalyptus, and 1 part vetiver. Or make some custom-scented incense sticks (see the illustration on page 223), and take them along on your next picnic.

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