Manage Garden Insects with Essential Oils

June 9, 2014

Did you know that Essential Oils are simple, organic options to use in the garden?

 I took an excerpt of an article that I came across (from my essential oil emails that I’ve been sending) and wanted you to know about this before you are becoming frustrated and tempted to use something less than natural to manage the insects.

For plants infested with insects, use one of the following essential oils. Fill a mist spray bottle with 4 oz. of water, add the essential oils and mist the infested plant. Use as little as possible. Several applications, a few days apart, may be necessary:

  • Spearmint: ants, aphids, caterpillars, black flea beetle, gnats, lice, moths, and plant lice.
  • Peppermint: ants, aphids, bean beetle, cabbage root fly, caterpillars, black flee beetle, flies, lice, moths, and plant lice.
  • Lemongrass: black flea beetle, fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks.
  • Tansy: black fly, carrot fly, fleas, flies, greenfly, mosquitoes, and white fly.
  • Hyssop: aphids, cabbage root fly, moths, and slugs.
  • Thyme: bean beetle, cabbage root fly, cutworm, and ticks.
  • Sage: cabbage root fly, cutworm, nematodes, ticks, and white fly.
  • Rosemary: cabbage root fly and carrot fly.
  • Patchouly: gnats, snails, weevils, and woolly aphids.
  • Pine: slugs, snails, and wooly aphids.
  • Sandalwood: weevils and wooly aphids.
  • Purification: will not only help keep the bugs away, but when applied to a bite or sting, will neutralize the venom. Apply a drop of Purification to wasp, bee, and yellow jacket stings and mosquito bites too.

Check your Essential Oils Reference Guide for additional ideas about using Young Living Essential Oils in your garden, and I’ll look forward to speaking with you soon.

(Don’t have one? I can hook you up. The guide is not purchased through the Young Living website).

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Have a wonderful day.



Kitty Holzmer, LMT, OTR, HTCP

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