Archive for June 17th, 2009


Mints – Parrot food on our porch

posted by Gudrun @ 12:47 PM
June 17, 2009

parrot foodHere is another easy to grow, very tasty and beneficial parrot food; the mint family. In my pots you will find Spearmint, parrot foodPeppermint and Melissa, also called Lemon Balm. I have them in pots, because otherwise they take over the garden in no time. Which can be a good thing, because you can freely harvest the branches as a parrot food  and toy.

 Both Peppermint and Spearmint are considered to be soothing for the digestive system, to strengthen the entire body, specially the heart muscles. Melissa has calming properties. So, a bird that is on the nervous site can greatly benefit from chewing on some sprigs woven through the cage bars or bound into a bushel, hanging on its perch.

 The dried or fresh leaves spread or planted in an out door aviary will keep mice away, because they do not like the smell.

 I love having such wonderful smelling plants, which enhance the taste of my salads, produce refreshing teas during the summer and are so beneficial used as parrot food. And at the same time give the birds something to do.


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