Culinary herbs and edible flowers have amazing health and well-being benefits, and also provide a bit of aromatherapy for your chickens.
Fresh or dried herbs in your nesting boxes not only work as insecticides, but also have anti-bacterial properties, and can act as natural wormers, anti-parasitic, rodent control, stress relievers and laying stimulants.
They will help a laying hen feel safe and relaxed while she is sitting, and calm a broody hen, as well as repel rodents, flies and other parasites. Broodies do have a tendency to get mites and other bugs since they don't get out to dust bathe often, if at all, and the warm, dark space underneath them is a breeding ground for parasites. Certain types of herbs safely and naturally avoid that.
CALENDULA PETALS - Anti-inflammatory, anti fungal, controls bleeding, aids in healing wounds and skin ailments, pain reliever. Vibrant egg yolks, feet and beaks/bills, insect repellent, antioxidant
CHAMOMILE FLOWERS - Calming, Relaxant, wormer, provides calcium, aids digestion. Kills mites and lice, antiseptic, antibiotic, detoxifier. Animal studies show that chamomile contains substances that act on the same parts of the brain and nervous system as anti-anxiety drugs
EUCALYPTUS LEAF - Eucalyptus is a powerful insect repellent. Antibacterial, antiviral, deodorant.
LAVENDER FLOWERS - Stress reliever, increases blood circulation, highly aromatic, insecticide. Smells wonderful.
LEMON BALM - Stress Reliever, antibacterial, highly aromatic, rodent repellent, calming, insecticide, rejuvenating.
PEPPERMINT - Anti parasitic, insecticide. Mint (all kinds) - insecticide and rodent repellent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, aids in respiratory health, digestive aid, lowers body temperature naturally by drawing body heat to the skin surface. Feeding results in larger eggs, thicker eggshells and increased egg production
ROSE PETALS - Highly aromatic, high in Vitamin C, antiseptic, antibacterial, cleanse blood toxins.
LEMONGRASS - Lemongrass, also called citronella, is less well-known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic abilities. Lemongrass has vitamin C, vitamin B-6, riboflavin and niacin, folate, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. Lemongrass contains several flavonoids that function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Strong anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Insecticidal, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Lemongrass is a great natural repellent for flies, fleas, lice and mites.