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Essential Oils for Your Garden

 

Natural alternatives to keeping your yard and garden free of warm weather pests.

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Rosemary Essential Oil is known to repel many insects such as flies, fleas, and mosquitoes. It will also kill insect larvae whose voracious appetite for juicy vegetable foliage can easily destroy entire crops of leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and even some root veggies if left undisturbed. Peppermint Essential Oil is an excellent natural insecticide which works on aphids, squash bugs, white flies, ants, beetles, and fleas, just to name a few. Peppermint is also the best essential oil for repelling spiders inside and outside the home. Thyme Essential Oil works against biting insects like chiggers, ticks, and roaches. Clove Essential Oil is another great deterrent for many flying insects. Broad-Spectrum all-natural insect repellent: 10 Drops rosemary 10 Drops peppermint 10 Drops thyme 10 Drops clove Combine all oils into a spray bottle filled with water. Shake well before each use. Apply anywhere you want to get rid of skittering, creeping, crawling, or flying pests.

 

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Cedarwood
, Hyssop, and Pine are the best essential oils for keeping gastropods off of your plants. Stopping Slugs and Snails Recipe: 1 tsp of Cedarwood, Hyssop OR Pine Essential Oil (You may also make a blend of the 3 that equals 1 tsp of essential oil) Mix about a teaspoon of your chosen oil(s) in a 32oz spray bottle filled with water. Apply diluted oil in a ring around plants where slugs and snails like to visit. Refresh as needed.

 

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Mice and other rodents are repulsed by the clean, fresh scent of Peppermint Essential Oil. Anti-rodent Recipe: Apply 1 – 2 drops of Peppermint oil to a cotton ball and tuck them into the entrances of mouse holes, squirrel nests, and other rodent burrows to persuade rodent residents to relocate. Replace as needed. Repel Rodents, Spiders, and Ants Place 10-15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil into a 32 oz spray bottle of water and spray the perimeter of your home a garden. This will repel mice, rodents, spiders, and ants.

 

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If you can’t seem to keep the neighborhood tomcat from leaving his delightful presents amidst your herbs and veggies or the dog from digging, try these: Simple Rosemary Spray: Add 10 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil into a 32oz Spray Bottle  filled with water. Shake before each use. Spray your mulch with the diluted mixture. Repellent Rosemary or Black Pepper Strings: Wide Shallow Container Water 10-15 Drops of Rosemary or Black Pepper Essential Oil Strips of Cloth or Pieces of StringAdd the drops of Rosemary oil to a wide, shallow container partially filled with water. Whisk vigorously to break up oil droplets then drop in strips of cloth or pieces of string. Allow them to soak long enough to absorb all of the oil. Tie strings between plants or around the garden perimeter. Hang cloth strips between garden rows, around plants, or anywhere you know the cat likes to dig. Refresh as needed. Black Pepper (or any other pepper, for that matter) essential oil can also be used to deter larger mammals from your garden. Dogs, in particular, with their sensitive noses will be turned away from the strong odor of pepper oil. Apply using the same string / cloth method as with Rosemary oil (above). Just keep in mind that over-use of this essential oil may make your garden less pleasant for humans as well.

 

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Gardens LOVE bees and Butterflies! Essential oils aren’t just for repelling unwanted creatures from your garden. You can also use certain fragrant oils to attract natural pollinators to your garden. The scent of Neroli (orange blossom) is an irresistible attractant for bees, as are the essential oils of many small-blossomed flowers such as Lavender, Hyssop, Marjoram, Basil, Sage, and Rosemary. Also, try Lavender, Fennel and Sage essential oils to attract more butterflies to your garden. Bring Me Bees and Butterflies Blend: 10 Drops of one or more of the essential oils listed above. Water Spray BottleCombine your chosen oils together and place them into the bottom of the spray bottle. Put your water on top of the essential oils. 

Several instructors at the lounge are essential oil distributors who regularly place orders :)
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