~ November 2, 2015 ~

Garlic Spray

Garlic undergoes a wonderful alchemical process when broken open and exposed to the air. The myriad of compounds morph and change their medicinal action, and further processing does the same. For example, in making this spray, applying the heat will totally break down the allicin and change it into the sulfur-containing by-products. Insects are repelled by aromatics, whether it smells good or bad. We know how stinky sulfur is! This will also reduce tissue irritation, because it mutes the effect of the oils, which can burn topically when fresh

Making a spray to get rid of external parasites on your chickens can be really easy and your recipe can be flexible depending on what herbs you have on hand. You can subsitute the garlic with just about any aromatic herb. Here is my simple recipe for garlic spray (because we all have garlic on hand, right?)

4 cloves of garlic, peeled
8 ounces water
cup aloe vera (optional)

1. Blend garlic in water.
2. Put blended garlic water into a pan, then heat water to boiling point. Simmer for 20 minutes at lowest possible heat. Let cool
3. Strain herbs out.
4. Add aloe vera, Shake well.
5. Put in spray bottle and spray on affected areas of skin

Storage: In the fridge. Long term, add 1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil for up to 6 month storage.

Moonlight Mile Herb Farm 2015 Susan Burek