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Some other herbs indicated in literature as having tick-repellent qualities include rose geranium, rosemary and California laurel.
It will take centuries, if not millennia, for the Dyerville Giant to decompose and donate its nutrients to lichens, mosses, sword ferns, lady ferns, redwood sorrel, trillium, salmon berry, tanoak, California laurel, chipmunks, squirrels, deer, porcupines, bobcats, spotted owls, thrushes, wrens, warblers, and future redwood giants.
Use fresh leaves from a Laurus nobilis (sweet bay) or umbellularia california (California laurel or bay, or Oregon myrtle) tree, or soak dry bay leaves in hot water for 30 minutes.
Switching from the hustle and bustle of the Golden Gate City's jam-packed streets to the utter tranquility of a trek below towering Douglas firs, California laurels and magnificent Redwoods is quite an experience.
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