Essential Oils for Gardening

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Disclaimer: The information in this post is for educational purposes only. I am not a doctor. This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness, or to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please always consult your healthcare provider.

 You might be wondering can you really use essential oils in your garden? If you deal with pesky bugs trying to overtake your precious fruits and veggies, then I'm happy to say that essential oils could help you in this battle.  

Many gardeners use Peppermint Essential Oil in their gardens to deter many flying and crawling critters such as ants, beetles, and even mice! The instructions given were 6-8 drops of oil in a gallon of water, and then spray it on your plants.

Another friend said she would cut up an old t-shirt or rag and soak it in a water/Peppermint Oil mixture and then hang from string (around the garden/between rows) to deter flying insects. 

Some specific oils for some specific insects...

Earwigs: These insects damage leaves, stems, and even bore holes in fruits, veggies, and flowers - citronella oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil or lavender oil 

Slugs: Slugs specifically like cabbage, tomato and strawberry plants and can wreak havoc on the entire plant -  pine oil, cedarwood oil, or hyssop oil

Mites: These critters, boogers, creepy crawlies, etc... feed on the chlorophyll from plants, causing the leaves to "bronze" (or turn brown). Oregano oil, Thyme Oil, or Rosemary Oil can be effective in getting rid of Mites.

The recipe for each of these is the same: pick one oil and mix 12 drops oil with 8oz water in a spray bottle. Then shake and spray on, and around, the plants. 

But what about once you leave your garden. All that work, while satisfying, can do a number on your hands - blisters, calluses, cracked hands.... The Moody Sisters have created amazing creams that can help to alleviate these. They picked the essential oils that are included, not just because they smell good (and they do!) but because of their healing properties. Peppermint {yes, again! Isn't it wonderful?!} is a great choice if you have it on hand {sorry for the pun!} When you combine it with another carrier oil, it will help it to spread easier. 

What about a tired, aching back and sore muscles? If you can find an essential oil blend with Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, Peppermint, Lemon, Balsam Fir, Winter Green, Helichrysum, Vetiver - these are helpful to provide relief for sore, tired muscles. 

 

If you have experimented with using essential oils to keep bugs & critters out of your garden, what have you used?

What about for post-gardening relief?