Vanilla Leaf plant for insect repellent


In the Brooder
9 Years
Aug 21, 2010
Tacoma, Wa
I just found out about a native West Coast plant that repells flies, the Vanilla Leaf I have seen many posts about the vanilla air freshener and I'm sure this is where it came from. I was even told companies use this plant for things like perfumes and air fresheners. People in the Northwest could probably save a lot of money collecting these themselves. They release the scent as they dry and last for weeks. I spend a lot of time foraging but never paid much attention to this one because it's not edible but I have seen it everywhere. I'm definately going to collect some to put out by the coops. We don't have a lot of flies but I hate them more than anything except earwigs. I thought I would pass this on to anyone else who might be interested.
Thanks for the info! We live in Hot sticky Georgia so we have lots of flies. I have heard of the air fresheners before but haven't tried them yet. I think I will soon though!
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