Should you be adding this herb to your hen house?

NZ Lifestyle Block - - YOUR POULTRY -

THE LAT­EST trendy herb rec­om­mended for the hen house is balm of Gilead ( Ce­dronella ca­narien­sis), and is said to make a coop ‘mite proof’ if you just add a hand­ful to fresh straw in nest boxes.

How­ever, a look at the re­search into balm of Gilead shows there’s no proof it is an in­sect re­pel­lent (of any kind), and its tra­di­tional medic­i­nal use is as a rem­edy for a con­gested chest, and coughs and colds.

We can tell you it smells beau­ti­ful – de­scribed as a lemon balm-cam­phor cross and sim­i­lar to eu­ca­lyp­tus.

How­ever, it’s also an eas­ily-spread weed and we don’t rec­om­mend you plant it.

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