Gardening and Essential Oils
When we use Essential Oils and Gardening for our bodies, we use them three ways: aromatically, topically, and internally. We can use them in similar ways with our plants, and even with our livestock.
Our oils are extremely pure, and also potent—but are considered safe for internal consumption for both humans and animals. Many clinical tests have been performed on both humans and animals for common daily issues. Essential Oils are even used agriculturally.
It is important to know and trust the sustainability and testing of the oils you use. We have created a new standard that is ethical, fair, and sustainable, but produces the highest quality oils on the market. Try some and empower yourself in the home and garden today!
So the question is, ARE YOU OPEN TO USING ESSENTIAL OILS IN YOUR GARDEN?
AROMATIC: PRACTICAL USES
When using oils in the garden, you’ll find there are many different ways to do so. Using the oils AROMATICALLY in the garden is most effective on airborne pests, and potentially many others as well.
Like humans, plants breathe in oxygen and can soak in the benefits of Essential Oils just by having them in the air around them.
You can improve both the abundance and the taste/nutrition of the plants you grow by incorporating Essential Oils into your gardening. They are simple, safe, and very effective.
Recent studies show that using JASMINE with plants reduced stress noticeably when compared to gardens that did not use Jasmine. You can also use the CALMING BLEND, UPLIFTING BLEND, or LAVENDER.
Here are a few popular ways you can use Essential Oils aromatically in the garden. Try them all!
SPRAYS: Just add a few drops of Essential Oil (as noted throughout this Class) to water in a spray bottle. How much? All you need is two to four drops for every 8 ounces of water. Adding a few drops of natural liquid soap (e.g., castile soap) will help make sure the spray uniformly covers both leaves and insects. DIRECTIONS: Spray directly onto fruits, vegetables, flowers, the undersides of leaves (preferable), etc.
STRINGS: Soak an ordinary string in a mix of water and Essential Oils. To discourage flying insects, hang the string in the garden.
CLOTH STRIPS: Put one drop of Essential Oil on strips of fabric. Hang these throughout the garden, adding more drops as needed.
COTTON BALLS: Add Essential Oil to cotton balls to deal with burrowing animals or pests. Place the cotton balls on top of nests, burrows, etc.
PLANT PROTECTION RECIPE
2 – 4 drops (experiment with amounts) Lavender Essential Oil
2 – 4 drops (experiment with amounts) Thyme Essential Oil
8 oz. Water
Combine oils and water in a spray bottle.
Mist the spray onto plants.
Pollination is a key element to the successful production of fruits and veggies, and Essential Oils can help us attract those beneficial pollinators that make our garden abundant.
Making a simple spray using Essential Oils and spraying on blossoms can encourage more visitors—which means more fruit!
Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Wild Orange, Basil, Rosemary, Clary Sage, and Lavender can all be used aromatically to attract pollinators, bees especially. Lavender and Fennel attract butterflies to your garden.
EO POLLINATOR PLEASER RECIPE
2 – 4 drops of Essential Oil
8 oz. water
Add to glass spray bottle.
Spray on leaves.
USING OILS TOPICALLY IN THE GARDEN
Essential Oils are great when applied directly to plants, but the key is this: remember to dilute quite heavily.
They can be effective for dealing with strengthening the immune function of plants or as a “companion.” Many are familiar with planting basil and tomatoes side by side; did you know that spraying Basil Essential Oil around and on the tomato plant can improve the health, nutrition, and taste of tomatoes in much the same way?
2 – 4 drops of Basil Essential Oil
8 oz. water
Add to a small glass water spray bottle.
Spray on base of plant.
While most of us wouldn’t go the extreme of calling in a plant doctor for our plants, imagine farmers who are reliant on their harvest for income. They would definitely call a plant doctor!
When we need feedback, we call on our local extensions agent, do soil samples, and try to get expert advice on how to deal with issues from books and online forums.
Incorporating Essential Oils into a regular gardening routine can increase the garden’s abundance, just as it can improve our daily health.
The more proactive we are by using Essential Oils in the garden, the less likely that you’ll need expert help (or, worst case, lose crops).
In most cases, Essential Oils are a very safe and effective option; so, don’t hesitate to try!
WHAT PROBLEMS IN YOUR GARDEN HAVE YOU WANTED TO CALL ON A PLANT DOCTOR FOR?
For more information on how you can incorporate Essential Oils into your garden, contact us and we will send you a copy of oil recipes to help you maintain a healthy garden.