Use Essential Oils for Gardening

If you are an avid gardener and have been looking for a chemical free way to keeping your garden green and pest free, you have come to the right page.

Essential oils are highly potent chemically complex compound structures at the molecular level. Their essence can deter several species of insects or attract some of them, based on which oils you use.

Many vegetable and flowering plants often fall prey to fungal attacks, bugs and worms of several varieties. The most common are:

  1. Aphids.
  2. Squash bugs.
  3. Caterpillars.
  4. Cutworms.
  5. Spider Mites.
  6. Mexican Bean Beetle.
  7. Flea Beetle.
  8. Tarnished Plant Bug.
  9. Tomato Horn worm.
  10. Slugs and snails.

While this is just a broad list category of bugs, beetles, worms and caterpillars, there are several other insects and birds that feast on your garden daily.

Ongoing research has shown that spraying chemical pesticides are not good for the plants. The vegetables and fruits it gives us ends up being toxic which will harm our bodies and those of the ones we love.

Spraying plants with essential oils keeps your fruit and vegetable garden free of pests of all kinds from larvae to worms, beetles, snails, slugs, and even birds. © Aliaksandr Marko

On the other hand, using essential oils is beneficial to the plant and the environment at large. It also does not poison the plants and the produce. It keeps away insects of all kinds, bugs and beetles, caterpillars and worms, even birds. Some of the best essential oils that are useful for spraying in the garden are:

  1. Peppermint oil.
  2. Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca).
  3. Rosemary oil.
  4. Lavender oil
  5. Cinnamon oil.
  6. Orange oil.
  7. Clove oil.

Peppermint oil has a very strong scent that repels most garden insects like Aphids, flies, beetles and spiders. Even ants do not like it.

Tea Tree oil is potent and helps fight fungal attacks on the plants. It is better to spray this oil on the stems of the plants and spray lightly on the leaves.

Rosemary oil repels many pests including larvae that eat up leaves. Spraying this oil on the leaves helps deter pests from chewing up leaves. It also attracts butterflies because of its woodsy scent.

Lavender oil attracts bees and butterflies which permit cross pollination and helps your plants produce more vegetables and fruits. Placing cotton balls drenched with essential oil near plants that have flowers attracts these garden friendly insects that help make your job as gardener easy!

Cinnamon has a pungent, strong earthy smell that deter a lot of pests. It also helps reduce the growth of weeds in your garden. Another sure fire way to reduce weeds in your garden is to hand pluck them yourself. This is good exercise for your fingers which keeps Arthritis at bay.

Orange oil is mild and has a sweet scent. It helps attract bees and butterflies. You can place cotton balls containing a mixture of rosemary, orange and lavender oils near flowering plants that will direct the bees and butterflies straight to those plants by way of wafting scents through the air.

Clove oil is aromatic which has a strong sweet and spicy scent, which keeps insects away.

How to use these essential oils in effective garden sprays:
Mix 15 to 20 drops of essential oil in quarter to half a gallon of warm water, depending on how strong you want the mist spray to be. Spray this mixture at least 2 times a week over your garden. Continue reading on how each of these oils benefit your garden.

How to wash fruits with essential oils:

It is good to wash fruits from the supermarkets and grocery stores to get rid of pesticides and fungicides. In half to one gallon of water, add 6 to 8 drops of Orange or Lemongrass essential oils, along with half a cup of vinegar. You can also add a tablespoon of rock salt, and mix it well. Add your fruits and vegetables and wash them well before use.

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What are the immediate benefits of Tea Tree essential oil?

Tea Tree essential oil has to be used in moderation each time because it can dry out your skin if used in excess.

Tea Tree is not the same as the tea “chai” beverage. The botanical name is Melaleuca alternifolia, which grows in Southeast Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Native to Australia for centuries, its medical benefits have been preached far and wide. The use of Tea Tree essential oil has since spread all over the world. 

Properties of Tea Tree essential oil: antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrizant (promotes healing through the formation of scar tissue), expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant, and sudorific (induces sweating) substance.

Tea Tree leaves and tender stems are used to make the essential oil.

It can help remove antibacterial infections of the colon, stomach, digestive tract, urinary tract, and excretory system. Tea Tree can be taken in extremely small quantities, one to two drops, mixed in any soup, stew or cold drink. It may not agree with your body. So try a small quantity and discontinue at once if you do not feel well.  

Tea Tree helps prevent infections to wounds. It helps your skin heal faster. The antioxidants in Tea Tree oil can help retain the tautness, the elasticity of your skin giving it a more youthful look. You can mix tea tree oil with any carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil and body lotion. Tea Tree oil can help reduce wrinkles.

Tea Tree essential oil can help clear up congestion brought on by cold and viral infections. People suffering from bronchial or asthmatic breathing issues can breathe easier if they rub tea tree oil on their chest before going to bed. It can help loosen and release phlegm from the lungs, clearing sinus and nasal passages.

Tea Tree oil can help clear the scalp of infections and dandruff. It can be mixed with any carrier oil – like coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, beeswax, or hair cream. The scalp can be washed off with warm to hot water.

Tea Tree oil can be applied directly to boils, blisters, sores, around wounds and cuts. This will help prevent and minimize further infection.

Tea Tree oil can be used to apply underarm as a natural deodorant, and this helps prevent the growth of bacteria in that area, causing your body to have no odor during the day. Tea Tree essential oil is used in the manufacturing of natural deodorant sticks.

Tea Tree oil can be used to reduce pain caused due to an ear infection. Use a drop or two to clear out the infection in the ear canal. Do not use it on children under the age of five. Keep a close watch on children after using tea tree oil drops in their ear.

Tea Tree oil can clear out bacterial infections of the skin. It clears out acne, (pimples) caused by oily skin and eliminates bacteria altogether in repeated applications. It can help people with serious skin infections like eczema, Psoriasis, and rosacea (extreme redness and itchiness, infected patches of skin).

Tea Tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and joint aches caused due to muscular sprains and sports injuries. It helps speed up the healing process and promotes tissue restoration. It can also help people suffering from muscular atrophy or degenerative arthritis, called osteoarthritis, a chronic disorder that damages the cartilage and tissues surrounding a joint.

Home Use:

Tea Tree oil can be used to spray on mattresses and let to dry out in the sun. The mattress can be used again in the evening after exposing the mattress a good two to four hours in full sunlight. Before spraying the mattress, you can use a hand-vacuum to clean dust mites off the mattress. Discard the bag or empty canister of dust outside, at once.

Add 20 – 25 drops of tea tree oil in warm to hot water. This mixture can be filled in a spray bottle which can be used to spray around doorways outside the house to keep insects and bugs, especially mosquitoes far away from your front door. Do this twice a week for best results. Do not spray in the presence or around animals.

Tea Tree oil spray can be used to ward off insects like mosquitoes, garden bugs and other insects that cause you to lose the fun in your yard. Insects do not like the scent of Tea Tree essential oil.

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Some of the main chemical compounds of tea tree essential oil are alpha pinene, beta pinene, sabinene, myrcene, alpha phellandrene, alpha-terpinene, limonene, cineole, gamma terpinene, para-cymene, terpinolene, Linalool, terpineol, and alpha-terpineol.

Disclaimer: This oil as with all essential oils is not intended to be a substitute cure for medicine or actual doctor’s advice. Different people react differently to essential oils. Some people have extra sensitive skin and they may have to use a carrier oil to dilute the potency of the essential oil before they apply it on their skin. People with health issues would do well to research essential oils before they start the use of essential oils to create a sense of well being for themselves.