It’s probably not news to you that essential oils have a myriad of benefits when it comes to health and our home. They can improve our mood when used as room sprays, help to heal wounds, improve the appearance of wrinkles, and even act as antibacterial agents within cleaning products. That’s why you’re as likely to find a home stocked with essentials oils than a home without a single bottle these days.
While that’s all well and good, it could be said that your essential oils are not reaching their full potential if you just use them for health and home. As well as making us feel good, they also have a range of benefits for your garden, too.
If you’re wanting to expand the range of what your essential oils can do and make the wise investment in them go even further, then looking no further.
#1 – Fungus Be Gone: Improve Your Blooms
Many plants are susceptible to a range of different fungal infections, with roses being among the most common. This can be incredibly disheartening to the engaged gardener, who wants nothing more than for everything to be blooming marvelous – but there’s a fungus holding you back.
Essential oils can be used to help cleanse the problem, thanks to their antifungal properties. You’ll find an antifungal ability in most essential oils, but the highest components are found in tea tree oil and citronella oil.
#2 – Deter The Pests: Essential Oils As Pesticide
If you have an organic garden, you might shy away from the word “pesticide” as if it’s a dirty word. However, in this context, it just means something that you use with the intention of killing pests. There’s no doubt that bugs, spiders, and other creepies can have a real impact on how well your plants do.
You might think that if you abandon conventional methods of handling infestations, that just means you have to put up with these pests and try to crush them when you see them. That’s not the case. Essential oils are about as natural as they come, so you’re able to use them for their pesticide properties without ruining the ecological concerns of your garden. Use heavily diluted and sprayed on the underside of leaves for the best results. Rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus.
#3 – Help Yourself: Treating The Common Gardener Maladies
We all have moments when we’re in the garden busy at work, then something bites us. Or we manage to scrape a chunk of skin off by being clumsy with the shears. It’s unlikely you fancy the trip back inside to sort it out with the first aid kit, so why not keep a few bottles of essential oils on hand to remedy the problem there and then?
When applying essential oils to skin, always dilute them with a carrier oil and keep the bottle on hand when in the garden. As for what to use, essential oils for spider bites include tea tree and peppermint; for general stings, chamomile is the best choice, while lavender can help numb the pain from any grazes. Dab a few drops of the requisite oil on the injured area, then carry on as normal.
#4- All Bees Welcome! Grab The Attention Of The Pollinators
Given that there are fewer and fewer bees every year thanks to colony collapse, fruit and vegetable growers will know it’s harder than ever to get plants to pollinate. While self-pollinating varieties of some edible plants are available, for the most part, you have to rely on the bugs to help you out.
That means you want to bring the beneficial insects to the yard – though milkshake, sorry Kelis, is not going to do the job on this one. Instead, you want to make your garden smell like a fragrant, delicious place to come and visit. Put yourself on the top of the pollinator tourist list by spraying essential oils such as sweet orange and marjoram to attract bees, while lavender and sage appeal to butterflies.
A note of caution, however: don’t spray essential oils directly onto plants (unless you’re trying to remove an infestation as directed above). Instead, use these oils – always diluted – to spray on fence panels, or even burn a wax melt outside to make your garden smell more fragrant and irresistible than ever.
In conclusion, so long as you follow the rules for essential oil usage – such as diluting and which oil works for which problem, then there’s no reason these versatile tools can’t find a place in your garden.