Pet corner – Pennyroyal for Fleas

With the long spring and the recent rain, we have the good fortune of still having a plethora of wild pennyroyal growing along roads, trails and water’s edge this year. Even in its flowering state it can be picked to use as a flea-wash for your dog, horse or (tolerant) cat. Just gather a produce-bag full and put in a large soup pot with lid and fill with water. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and simmer covered for 1-2 hours. Turn off heat and let cool until comfortable to strain into a bucket and take outside and sponge the flea-wash on your pet’s fur, completely wetting them to the skin. Let them air dry and VOILA – they will feel relief for a couple of weeks.

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