Halifax gardeners have been complaining recently about an abundance of slugs and snails eating their gardens. In Australia, homeopath Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj pioneered the use of homeopathic remedies to treat common pests and diseases of plants.
Helix tosta is a remedy made from toasted snails and has been known to work to repel slugs and snails in the garden for up to 4 months.
Place 3 pellets of the remedy in a spray bottle or watering can, then add water. Spray the plants evenly and then wait. As with any homeopathic remedy, it is important to wait for the plant to improve and not repeat the remedy too frequently, as this will interrupt the healing process.
Gardeners have experimented with spraying the solution directly on the leaves of the plants versus into the soil surrounding the plants. Both seem to be effective.
How does it work?
Just like with humans, a healthy plant is better able to repel disease and parasites. It is my understanding that applying Helix tosta to the plants makes them less tasty for slugs and snails and will cause them to move on in search of tastier food.
Das Kaviraj in his book Homeopathy for Farm and Garden, The Homeopathic Treatment of Plants suggests a potency of 6X. Note: Be sure to thoroughly wash the container after use or else you will be re-dosing your plants every time you water them.
“When correctly chosen, homeopathic remedies stimulate an energetic response from either humans, animals, or plants that improves their resistance to pathogens and disease. This is exactly what happens when Helix tosta is used for deterring snails and slugs.
Just like us, plants in less than perfect health are attacked by parasites and disease. When a plant is strengthened by the needed homeopathic remedy (ie. Helix tosta in this instance) it is less attractive to slugs and snails – they either die out or move to greener pastures.”