Calling all gardeners! If you have a full-fledged manicured landscape or a window box with just your favorites, these tips will help you maintain your gorgeous garden naturally.
Weeds are the worst! Nothing’s more disheartening than seeing those pesky weeds sprouting amongst your plants. Luckily you can swap out your chemical weed killer for essential oils. All you need is Clove Bud! Combine 20 drops of Clove, 20 ounces of vinegar, and a pinch of salt into a spray bottle. Just make sure to shake it up before you spray it on the weeds you want to kill.
But What About the Dandelions?
Now before you spray the Dandelions, there are a few things you should consider. First, they weren’t always considered weeds! In fact, they used to be planted in place of grass in the 1800s. They also have a wide variety of benefits. They are gentle, calming, and have pain relieving qualities that can be beneficial for muscle rubs and over-exertion balms. They’re also vitamin rich, edible and helpful with digestion. One easy way to enjoy Dandelions is with an infusion. For detailed instruction on how to create an infusion, check out this Dandelion Infused Carrier Oil DIY.
Unfortunately, pests and other outdoor annoyances can quickly eat through and even kill your plants. Essential oils can be an incredibly useful and natural way to repel pests. Citronella, Lime, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Lavender are all oils you should have on hand to keep pests at bay. Or use Nature Shield in this DIY Pest Spray to keep it simple, non-toxic and natural.
You can also use Tea Tree to help fight any fungus that might be growing on your plants.
In addition to using Dandelions to create infusions, you can also use any herbs you’re growing in your garden! Think Peppermint, Melissa, Chamomile or whatever favorite herb you have on hand. You can also use your choice of carrier oils. The possibilities are endless! One simple method is to do a cold infusion. Add the herbs and oil to a quart size jar and allow to sit in a warm place for approximately 6 weeks. Strain, bottle, and store in a cool dark place until ready for use. If you prefer to have something ready the same day, you can also use the quick heat method. Check out our step by step guide on the process.
If you love essential oils, chances are you love natural scents. You can enjoy the aroma of some of your favorite essential oils outdoors by selecting your plants for aromatics. Lavender, Basil, Thyme and so many more can be used to create a fragrant, relaxing garden space.
If you like discovering new ways to use your essential oils, be sure to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group!