If you are already an essential oil user and a gardener, then this post about the best essential oils for gardening will be just what you’re looking for! If you have yet to use essential oils, then read on and see if they sound like something you would like to try. They have many, many uses from supporting optimal health to cleaning your home to making your own beauty products – and gardening is one of the many uses too.
I read somewhere that 85% of all plant issues are fungal-related. Many pests and fungal threats can really hinder your gardening from growing and flourishing the way you dream. Unfortunately, this can prevent your plants from producing as they should.
One problem we have is that so many of the things sold on the market to help with these issues are toxic to our health and have chemicals in them that can be harmful. So while you might be trying to grow your own vegetables and keep your family healthy, you end up using a harmful spray or mixture of some kind on them that defeats the whole purpose.
The good news is that there are all-natural alternatives to those things that you can make yourself and feel good about.
Here are a few of the best essential oils to keep on hand and some of their benefits for your garden:
Rosemary Essential Oil
This oil has a wonderful, woodsy scent and works wonderfully to help repel many pests in the garden. It has been shown to even repel the larvae itself.
Place a few drops right on a pot to keep the bugs from chewing up the leaves of your plants. Rosemary essential oil is also a butterfly attractor. They love it, so if you have a butterfly garden it can benefit you in this way as well.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This oil has a sweeter scent and repels several garden pests like aphids, flies and beetles and even spiders can’t stand it! You can place peppermint oil around baseboards or in cupboards in your home to keep spiders away. I use it for ants too (more essential oils for repelling pests)!
Melaleuca Essential Oil
Use melaleuca essential oil on the stems more so than the leaves though, as it does cause the plants to be more sun-sensitive. So keep in mind that a thick application could cause burn on the leaves.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender’s scent is another one butterflies love, so if you spray lavender oil near the plants to attract them. It will draw them in even more!
Lavender essential oil also attracts bees, which we need for pollination. Place a drop or two on a cotton ball and place in pots or in the garden to attract them too.
Orange Essential Oil
Orange oil has a really clean and sweet aroma that draws both bees and butterflies. You can make a blend of rosemary oil, lavender oil, orange oil in a spray bottle or combine a few drops of each on cotton balls to help attract them both.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon oil is one of the best essential oils for getting rid of weeds. Make a spray bottle with water and several drops of cinnamon essential oil and get to spraying those weeds in a safe and effective way!
Here is a list of recipes you can use in your garden:
Garden Insect Deterrent
- Add 10 drops of the following essential oils to a 4-ounce glass spray bottle: Rosemary oil, peppermint oil, clove oil and thyme oil.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake to mix.
- Apply anywhere you would like to get rid of insects.
Plant Fungus Suppressant
- In a 4-ounce glass spray bottle, combine water with 25 drops melaleuca essential oil.
- Spray on plants and soil to help keep away the fungal growth.
Veggie and Fruit Wash
- Fill up a large bowl with cold water and add in ½ cup vinegar and 6 to 8 drops of lemon essential oil or orange essential oil.
- Place your fruits and veggies in it to soak for a few minutes and then rinse well.
Pollinator Attractor Spray
- In a 4-ounce glass spray bottle, add 6 to 8 drops orange oil and top off with water.
- Shake to blend and spray on flower and buds to attract bees for pollination.
Want to keep bugs off you while you’re gardening? Make a DIY Bug Repellent with essential oils.
List of Best Essential Oils to Use for Pest Repellents
You can repel these specific bugs and pests with these essential oils – using a drop or two on a cotton ball or spraying on stems of plants, depending on the case. I get most of my essential oils from Plant Therapy.
- Ants – peppermint or spearmint
- Aphids – cedarwood, peppermint, spearmint
- Beetles – peppermint or thyme
- Caterpillars – spearmint or peppermint
- Chiggers – lavender, lemongrass, sage, thyme
- Fleas – peppermint, lemongrass, spearmint, lavender
- Flies – peppermint, lavender, rosemary, sage
- Gnats – patchouli or spearmint
- Lice – cedarwood, peppermint, spearmint
- Mosquitoes – lavender, lemongrass, arborvitae
- Moths – cedarwood, lavender, peppermint, spearmint
- Plant Lice – peppermint or spearmint
- Slugs – cedarwood
- Spiders – peppermint or spearmint
- Ticks – lavender, lemongrass, sage or thyme
- Weevils – cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood
What are some of the best essential oils you’ve found to help with gardening?
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