A collection of safe and effective home remedies and herbal cures from Ayurveda .

Friday, August 26, 2011

Chrysanthemum cineriifolium -a natural insecticide

Chrysanthemum-public domain image.

Chrysanthemums * or mums come in different species and colours.They are very pretty to look at and used for decorative purposes and also  used to make  a refreshing cup of tea  ( C.indicum) in  East Asia .
The uses of these blossoms don't end here- these beautiful flowers are more useful when dried and powdered.

Chrysanthemum cineriifolium  and C.coccinium have potent pesticidal properties.  The dried flower heads have a substance called Pyrethrum which is comparatively safe when compared to the other insect repelling chemicals.However the commercial versions are made more poisonous by reinforcing it with other chemicals.

*  Chamanthy in Tamil ,Telugu,
Chandhra mallika in Hindi.

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