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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Top 24 Uses for Lavender Oil

Lavender flowers bloom between late June to September. They are harvested at their peak to extract valuable essential oil.  Lavandula Angustifolia is the genus name. It has 47 known species of flowering plants. They are found in different parts of the world, on Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, Europe, North and Eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, Southwest Asia to Southeast India. The Lavender shrub is a perennial plant that grows to about 3 feet in height. The purple-blue flowers grow in clusters on the thin long stalks of the plant.

Lavender essential oil is highly potent and prized. Oil enthusiasts consider this essential oil to be a miracle oil. This oil has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. The ancient Greeks called it Lavender Nardus, after the Syrian city of Naarda. It was one of the herbs used to prepare Spikenard, that is mentioned in the Bible in different books.

The Romans realized that the Lavender plant has medicinal properties. They used it extensively to scent their baths, beds, and clothes.

Lavender oil can instantly elevate your mood by simply inhaling it. Remember to carry this essential oil with you everywhere you go. It has calming, soothing, sedative and healing effects.

Helps you Sleep well: This is the primary use of Lavender oil. It can help you sleep better. Sprinkle a few drops on your palms and rub it on your neck and chest areas. You can also sprinkle a few drops on pillows and sheets. It will give you a great night’s rest, leaving you refreshed and wide awake in the morning. It’s better than any prescription medicine or narcotic.

Helps calm your nerves: Lavender oil drops can be used in a diffuser or applied to your temples to help you calm your nerves. This helps relieve stress caused due to daily life situations. It helps reduce migraine headaches, fainting spells, and dizziness. Just rub a few drops of the Lavender oil on to your temples and massage gently.

Helps you clear your mind and focus: Diffusing the oil drops through a diffuser can help put your mind in a relaxed state and bringing it to a clear focus. Don’t overuse the oil if you want to focus clearly on projects, an exam or any deadline. There is the danger of getting too relaxed, that nothing may get accomplished.

Reducing motion sickness: Simply place a drop of lavender oil on the tip of your tongue, on your navel, or behind your ear. It should help reduce motion sickness caused by travel on boats, ships or airplanes.

Ease Dry or Chapped skin suffering: Rub drops of Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin to bring instant relief. You can also rub a drop or two on chapped lips. Make sure you don’t lick it with your tongue.

Eliminate Dandruff: Massage a few drops of Lavender on your scalp. This helps reduce and eliminate dandruff.

Lavender fields at sunset by Valentin Valkov

Ease the nerves in your feet: Drops of lavender oil in warm to hot water in a basin can help ease the nerves in your feet. Soak it for fifteen minutes daily. Dab your feet with a dry towel, put your feet up and relax.

Anti-fungal properties: Use a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton swab to dab at nails of the foot with fungal infection. This oil helps remove fungal infections and restore nails to a healthy condition.

Helps you maintain a well-balanced mind: Make it a practice of taking a warm water bath with generous drops of Lavender oil which can help you de-stress completely before going to bed. People with high-stress jobs can use this remedy once every two or three days to help keep a well balanced, mental state.

Helps relax tense nerves: Lavender oil has shown to be extremely helpful in relaxing the nervous system, promoting ease of movement in the body, especially those who suffer from paralysis, sprains, and stiff joints. Add Lavender oil to lotions, creams, and shampoo to help your body relax totally.

Ease Sunburns: Take a cold water bath to reduce sunburns. Then apply a few drops of lavender oil to a cotton swab and dab on the skin to help ease sunburns.

Helps heal Eczema / Dermatitis: Mix drops of Lavender oil with a carrier oil like Olive oil or coconut oil, to rub on skin affected by Eczema. This will help fight the germs and reduce the skin infection. Other skin infections can also be relieved by using Lavender essential oil.

Helps Improve Digestion: Add a few drops of lavender oil to your tea or soups. This will help relieve indigestion and reduce acid reflux.

Helps Lower Blood Pressure: Lavender oil acts as a calming sedative and helps bring down stress on the heart, thereby lowering blood pressure. It also helps with reducing the risk of heart disease.

Helps Clear Nasal Passages:  Lavender oil drops like Eucalyptus oil can be added to steaming water to help clear nasal passages and help those with allergies, sinus pressure or respiratory issues. Be careful not to spill any of the hot water while doing a steam inhalation. Do it on a steady surface with a blanket to cover your head.

Reduce the pain of Bee Sting and Insect Bites: Put a drop or two of Lavender oil on the insect bite or bee sting and it will help reduce the pain and swelling.

Soothes Minor Burns: A few drops of Lavender oil dabbed on a skin burn will help relieve and heal the skin faster. It has shown to help with healing sores, scalds, burns and ulcers.

Heals cold sores: Lavender oil clears the bacteria on cold sores, helping it heal faster.

Reduce Hay Fever: Rub a few drops of Lavender oil in your palms and inhale to reduce the symptoms of hay fever.

Relieve Earaches: Rub a few drops of Lavender oil behind your earlobes down the sides of your neck, and throat area to relieve earaches.

Reduce uneasiness of the stomach: Rub drops of Lavender oil between your palms and apply to the stomach area. If you are sensitive to this oil, mix it with a carrier oil like Coconut oil. It will help reduce flatulence and overcome the bloated sensation caused due to indigestion.

Use as a Natural Deodorizer:  Add Lavender oil drops to a warm/hot laundry wash to deodorize and kill odor-causing bacteria. You can create your own fragrance by adding drops of lavender oil to dryer sheets, damp clothes, towels, bed sheets, curtains, etc.

Helps Kill Lice and Parasites in Animals: A spray created using Lavender oil drops can be used safely on animals to help kill lice and other parasites.

Use as a Mosquito or insect repellent: Most insects do not like the scent of Lavender oil. Use a few drops of the oil on exposed areas of skin while going out to ward off insects including mosquitoes. Add drops to your palm and spread evenly across your skin. Use a carrier oil like Coconut or Olive oil if you have sensitive skin.

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 different essential oils to create a sense of well being for themselves.

4 Gift ideas for essential oils

  1. Thoughtful baby shower gift: Give a wall diffuser with lavender oil for mom and baby to help them relax, sleep better and longer at night.
  2. New Medicinal kit: Gift a medicinal kit with essential oils consisting of lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, camphor, peppermint, tea tree, cinnamon, orange, oregano, and frankincense.
  3. Sell a home! If you are a Realtor or new home builder, nothing means more to your buyer than a home that is inviting. Use any of these essential oils: clove, orange, cinnamon, eucalyptus to wow your buyers.
  4. Use in office spaces: Increase worker productivity and happiness, create a better office working environment, promote peace, stability, and happiness among co-workers by diffusing mild to medium notes of essential oils.