In Southern California, having a yard with a garden is hard to come by. My husband and I are living in a condo with a patio, but no official yard. We do, however, have always wanted a garden to tend to. We started buying gardening boxes to display along our patio and have been growing tomatoes, bell peppers and herbs. We also have various succulents and plants. I definitely don’t have a green thumb, but I love seeing my hard work pay off and us to be able to enjoy tomatoes with our dinner, and to watch our succulents flourish in the sunlight.
In my process of learning how to garden, I’ve also learned of ways to help my garden naturally with the use of essential oils.
A big problem we started having were flies. With our small garden being on our patio, we obviously knew that the flies were so close to our front door, and we definitely wanted to keep them – and potential other critters – out. We also had a bunch of aphids eating our basil plants.
Instead of reaching for pesticides, we wanted to protect our plants with a natural pest control solution. We’ll be eating these tomatoes – why would we want them filled with chemicals?
Most essential oils are gentle enough that they won’t kill the pests we’re looking to get rid of. Instead, it will encourage them to go elsewhere. So, I made an all-natural spray.
In a spray bottle, I added about 15 drops each of: Peppermint, Thyme, Clove, Rosemary, and Thieves (which already has clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary in it, so yay!) I topped the rest with water, and gave it a good shake before using to mix the oils and water together. Now, I just spray as needed.
Some other good oil blends to use: (courtesy of Lindsay Moreno, a fellow Young Living distributor)
Aphids: Peppermint, spearmint, purification
Beetles: Peppermint, thyme
Chiggers: Lavender, lemongrass, thyme
Fleas: Lavender, lemongrass, peppermint
Flies: Basil, clove, idaho tansy, lavender, peppermint, rosemary
Mosquitos: Eucalyptus radiata, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, purification
Plant lice: Peppermint
Roaches: Peppermint, cyprus
Snails: Cedarwood, citronella, patchouli
Ticks: Lavender, lemongrass, thyme
Weevils: Patchouli, sandalwood
Lindsay’s recipe recommends that you mix 1 cup water with 1/2 tsp of natural soap, with 10-12 drops of Young Living Essential Oils for the insect you’re having problems with, according to this list.