Moth Repellent Herbs

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Moth Repellent Herbs
Repell moths with the right herbs. (red moth catocala. night. image by Oleg Berlov from

Use moth repellent herbs to keep your stored clothes and bedding safe from destructive insects, without using harsh chemicals or strong-smelling mothballs. Save money with home-made sachets sewn from muslin fabric, filled with aromatic herbs and decorated with ribbons. This natural pest control method keeps moths away when you fill drawers, closets and chests with these sweet- scented handicrafts.

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary is an evergreen shrub with dark green, needle-like leaves and pale blue flowers. It's an easy to grow aromatic herb, requiring little more than the occasional good watering and tolerates drought, heat and wind. Rosemary plants vary between 2 and 7 feet in height and are hardy in USDA zones seven to ten. For colder regions or those with the odd cold snap, plant rosemary in containers and bring them indoors, or place under cover during any temperatures below freezing. Rosemary repels insects, including moths, because the leaves produce strongly scented aromatic oils. To make sachets from rosemary, pick early in the morning, when the scent is strongest and dry in a well-ventilated location, away from strong lights, humidity and heat sources.  

Moth Repellent Herbs
Rosemary can be grown indoors or outdoors. (rosemary image by hazel proudlove from

Mint (Mentha)

Mint is a small perennial herb with aromatic bright green leaves and lilac, pink or white flowers. It makes a good ground-cover plant, spreading rapidly, so should be contained in planters and with barriers. Mint is hardy in USDA zones five through nine and prefers full sun, but tolerates partial shade; moist soil and plenty of water are essential for healthy specimens. Mint plants reach up to 2 feet in height; picking off flower heads encourages greater leaf production. To harvest mint, pick leaves on a dry day, after the dew has evaporated and tie in bunches, hanging upside-down. Once thoroughly dry, mint leaves are stored in airtight containers away from strong odours for optimum freshness.

Moth Repellent Herbs
Repell moths with mint. (mint image by Lytse from

Thyme (Thymus)

Thyme is a small perennial herb, less than a foot tall, with white or lilac flowers and fragrant leaves. It is hardy between USDA zones five through seven and does well in sandy and rocky soils. Limit the woody growth on thyme plants, by pruning, to produce more leaves. To get the strongest scent from dried thyme, cut the plants before they bloom, approximately 6 inches from the soil line. The fresh scent of thyme makes good sachets for closets containing male clothing (e.g. for teenager's rooms).

Thyme has aromatic leaves.
Thyme has aromatic leaves. (thyme herb image by Maria Brzostowska from

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