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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Benefits of using Lemongrass Oil

 

History:

Lemongrass and its oil have been used for hundreds of years. It is well known for its herbal and medicinal properties. Back in the day, Indian and Chinese doctors, who were known as the natural healers, used Lemongrass in various ways to help people with their ailments. They used it to treat infectious illnesses and fevers, cold, and rheumatism. The plant was used to cleanse dwellings, used in spiritual cleansing rituals to protect and purify the home against evil, negative energies.

Lemongrass oil has a citrus aroma and lemony flavor. It is used to flavor soups, teas, and other meat, poultry dishes. This essential oil also adds fragrance to homemade cleaners, deodorizers, candles, soaps, and shampoos.

Today, Swiss Mist’s organic Lemongrass Essential Oil has potential medicinal and therapeutic properties. It can be used externally to reduce muscle inflammation, as an insect repellent, and kill bacteria on contact. Using it as a home cleaner helps. Used in foods and soups, it helps with ease of digestion. It is not only an anti-bacterial but an antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic.

Chemical Compounds and Properties: The Lemongrass plant’s biological names are Andropogon Citratus and Cymbopogon Citratus. The oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant through steam distillation. The chemical compounds extracted are Citral, Geranyl Acetate, Limonene, Myrcene, Farnesol, Nerol, Neral, Citronellal, Geraniol, Terpineol, Dipentene, Methyl and Heptenone.

These naturally derived chemical properties have the power to mitigate fungal and bacterial infections on surface tops and in the air.

Benefits and Uses of Lemongrass Oil:

1. Lemongrass oil is an anti-inflammatory. It helps with relieving sore muscles when used as a massage oil. It can also help alleviate a cramped stomach.

2. It can be used to apply on cuts and wounds. Mix a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil in saline solution to wash and clean wounds.

3. When used in soups and foods along with Ginger Carrier oil, this essential oil can act as an antimicrobial to prevent infections in the urinary tract, stomach, colon, respiratory tube and organs.

4. Lemongrass oil can be used to bring down anxiety levels due to stress caused by work, sorrow, and grief caused due to death of a loved one. It can help uplift human spirits, improve mental strength, levels of tolerance and raise confidence levels. Add a few drops to unlit candles or use in diffusers.

5. The Lemongrass essential oil can be used in moist heat applied through a hot, wet towel on the forehead of a person or child suffering from fever. It can also relieve congestion in the windpipe and infection in the lungs if added to green tea or regular hot tea.

6. Viral infections like the cold, influenza, can be reduced by inhaling Lemongrass essential oil in a hot vapor steam inhalation.

7. Using lemongrass oil in foods and soups helps with increased urination. This helps the user lose fat through urine. About 4% of the urine volume is composed of fats. And urinating frequently keeps your kidney and bladder healthy, as urine cleanses out your body by removing toxins.

8. The oil from Lemongrass can be used to treat athlete’s foot and ringworm infections.

9. Adding 20 to 30 drops of Lemongrass essential oil to 24 or 32 oz of water can make the resulting spray an effective insect repellent.

10. Pour 2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil on your palm and rub both your palms together, then inhale it gently. This will help your senses revive and make you more alert to your surroundings.

11. Inhaling Lemongrass oil can help calm your body, lower stress levels, and stimulate your nerves.

12.  Adding a few drop of Lemongrass essential oil to tea can help with reducing menstrual cramps for women.

13. Lemongrass essential oil can be added to body wash, shampoos, or in a tub for a relaxing, hot water soak. This oil helps fight skin infections and keep your skin looking young.

14. Strengthen your hair follicles by mixing a few drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil like Coconut oil to make your hair roots vibrant and healthy.

15. Adding a few drops of Lemongrass oil to your daily tea will help you produce anti oxidants which will help your body fight cancerous cells by strengthening your immune system and antibodies for other infections.

16. Inflammation caused by Arthritis, Diabetes, Nerve disorders, unhealthy Cholesterol levels, Cardiovascular disease and other health issues, can be mitigated when you rub 3 drops of Lemongrass oil over the affected area.

Precaution: Using Lemongrass oil without proper directions or applying it to users with sensitive skin or babies is not advised. If you must use Lemongrass essential oil make sure the recipient does not get affected by it. Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children, at all times. Wash your hands before and after use of all types of essential oils. Make sure your family members are not allergic to the smell and flavors of Lemongrass oil before you use it in soups or dishes. Always, perform a skin patch test before you apply it fully. Sensitive skin users have to be extra careful with the use of essential oils. Pregnant women and people with medical conditions have to use essential oils with caution or not use it at all.

Use Swiss Mist Essential Oils to live a better life

Swiss Mist essential oils are all natural and help you to live a better life. With people using essential oils for the first time, it may take some getting used to. Your brain, olfactory nerves (sense of smell) have to get used to how certain essential oils smell. That takes some time. But the natural chemical compounds in each essential oil goes to work in helping you live a better life. If you are not able to use the essential oil for some reason, share it with a family member, who may love that smell and enjoy using the essential oils. Here are some useful ways in how essential oil can be used in daily living situations.

  1. Calm your nerves: If you feel you have had a bad day, a long day at work and feel tensed, uncomfortable, use a few drops of your favorite essential oil – lemongrass, lavender, orange, eucalyptus to help you calm down. The smell of essential oils does a soothing effect on your senses.
  2. Get a relaxed sleep: Many people find it hard to go to sleep. Worries and tensions keep them awake at night. Lavender essential oil helps calm you down. Sprinkle drops of Swiss Mist Lavender essential oil on your sheets ten minutes before you go to bed. It will help you get a better night’s sleep daily.
  3. A soothing partner massage: Here’s a great way for both of you to bond together. Set some time apart for a soothing massage.  You can use a few drops of Lavender oil or Cedarwood oil with body lotion to give each other a five-minute full body massage.
  4. Self Relaxation method: Lavender or peppermint essential oils help you relax at once. Apply to your forehead and temples to help you relax and calm down.
  5. Calm down an irritable child: A crying child is no fun and can elevate stress levels in family life. Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to their stuffed toys or bedspread. The natural chemical compounds in Swiss Mist essential Lavender oil, help calm the anxiety levels in the child’s brain helping them to relax and stop crying eventually.
  6. Release and lower Depression levels: Add drops of Bergamot oil into a warm water bath and spend 15 minutes soaking in the tub. Swiss Mist Bergamot essential oil helps release and reduce depression levels and help you feel better instantly. It reduces irritability, reduces agitation, and helps calm you or your partner down. Mixing Lavender and Bergamot oils can create a stronger relaxation mixture, something that your nose may need getting used to. But it definitely helps.
  7. Treat Chapped Lips: Add Swiss Mist Lavender oil or Tea Tree oil to coconut oil, mix beeswax to make it a soothing balm to treat your chapped lips.
  8. Feel Rejuvenated: Swiss Mist Lavender oil can be added to a warm bath with Sea salt and Epsom salts to help create a new you.
  9. Moisturizing body lotion: Add four or five drops of Swiss Mist Tea Tree oil or Lavender oil to regular lotion, mixed with Coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil to give your skin a rich moisturizing experience.
  10. Sauna Relaxation: Add five drops of Swiss Mist Peppermint Essential oil into a cup of warm water and relax in the Sauna. The natural smell of Peppermint will gently waft into your nostrils to help you relax and feel better.
  11. Treat your feet: Add five drops of Swiss Mist Tea Tree oil, Lemongrass, or Eucalyptus essential oil to a large bowl of warm to hot water. Stir with your hand a few times to get the oil mixed in well. Dip both your feet in and relax on your couch as you watch T.V before you go to bed. This relaxation can be done three to four times a week. We suggest you watch relaxing comedy shows rather than troubling news to help you calm better. Wipe your feet dry with a terry towel, gently patting it dry. Apply some body lotion mixed with Swiss Mist Tea Tree oil drops to moisturize the sides and soles of your feet.
  12. Yoga, Pilates, Meditation or Prayer: Add drops of Swiss Mist Lavender, Lemongrass, Bergamot, Frankincense, to help you relax when performing Yoga or Pilates. Frankincense Essential Oil helps you relax better during Meditation or Prayer. Mix Swiss Mist Clove Bud Oil along with Orange Essential Oil with warm water to spray and clean yoga/exercise mats. Swiss Mist will be adding Sandalwood Essential Oil to its line up of relaxing oils that can be used for meditation or prayer.
  13. Fresh Minty breath: Add exactly two drops of Swiss Mist Peppermint essential oil to your toothpaste on your toothbrush. Adding more will cause an intense burning sensation in your mouth. Rinse mouth well after use and feel the minty fresh breath that will please your spouse.

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.

Outdoor Uses

  1. Kill pests: Spray orange essential oil mixed along with clove and cinnamon oils to kill pests on contact in your herb or kitchen garden.
  2. Natural mosquito repellent: Mix four drops each of lemongrass oil, citronella oil and eucalyptus oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil to make a natural bug spray and rub on exposed areas of skin.