Essential Oils and Gardening: Natural Tips for Maintaining Your Garden

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Essential Oils and Gardening: Natural Tips for Maintaining Your Garden

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.

Weed Killer

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?

herbs in clear glass bottles

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.

Pest Spray

DIY Pest Spray

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.

Herbal Infusions

Essential Oils and Gardening: Natural Tips for Maintaining Your Garden

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.

Aromatic Gardening

Essential Oils and Gardening: Natural Tips for Maintaining Your Garden

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!


102 thoughts on “Essential Oils and Gardening: Natural Tips for Maintaining Your Garden”

  • I can’t wait to try a couple of these!! Weeds and pests are the ones I’m looking at right now

  • We often brag that we have the best looking weeds in town! Infusing oil with the dandelions is something we’ve done for years to use in our product creation. Very helpful post!

  • Wish I would have seen this yesterday, I mixed up a diy weed killer but would have been nice to add the clove for more power. I should have known to go directly to Plant Therapy before looking elsewhere–next time for sure.

  • I love using peppermint oil and lemongrass in a room spray DIY to deter ants in the kitchen around the windows especially. It smells fresh and works. Also I’m growing my own herbs and have just started some herb infusions. excited to use them. Great blog and useful.

  • Great article! Going to try the clove bud/vinegar for weed control, and maybe make a Melissa infusion.

  • I am going to make the weed killer right now. I’m headed out to work in the garden. Glad I saw this.

  • Great tips! I plan on trying some of these, especially the weed killer. We leave the dandelions for the bees .

  • Just started my first garden, so this blog post comes at a perfect time. I have been trying neem oil to fight off pests, but it doesn’t seem to be working too well. I think I’ll try adding cedarwood to the mix to see if it helps any. Thanks for the great tips!

  • I’m going to have to remember this post so I can come back to it! For now though, I’m going to try the clove oil on weeds, since it’s an oil that I don’t use very much of regularly.

  • Does anyone have any essential oil tips for controlling powdery mildew (the kind that develops in hot, dry weather). I read about a new patented organic fungicide that consists of rosemary, clove, them and peppermint. But I am conflicted about the amounts to use, because the product was designed for big wholesale operations to mix with 100 gallons of water at a time!

    1. It definitely has the potential to kill plants as well. Just be careful where you spray to avoid damaging your plants.

  • I definitely want to try the dandelion infusion. We have a ton in our yard since we don’t spray. They’re the first flowers the bees go after in spring and they need all the help they can get. I made dandelion jelly last spring, it was pretty good. I didn’t know the infusion could help as a muscle rub though.

  • Such a wonderful blog!! I am finally starting my gardening journey on our homestead and will be utilizing the weed spray ASAP! Thank you for such wonderful tips and opening a whole new world of uses for my Plant Therapy essential oils!!!

  • Been wanting to get into gardening. These are some useful tips! Didn’t know that essential oils could be used in gardening… Thanks for posting this article!

  • Absolutely love these tips n hints. I love gardening n hate weeds. Will definitely try the solution made with clove, vinegar n salt to get rid of those pesky weeds. Thanks.

  • I am an avid amateur gardener, and I have discovered a fantastic use for peppermint oil. I grow herbs in big pots on my deck, and I re-use my old potting mix to save money and waste. (I work in some organic material to freshen and recharge it.) The last couple of years I have had problems with ants in my pots. Normally, I don’t mind ants outdoors, but they started eating my freshly planted basil seedlings! So, I got several cottons balls and soaked them with peppermint oil and placed them in the pots. By the next morning, all of the ants were gone, and they have not returned! My basil plants are remaining free of all kinds of pests after six weeks! No chemicals and nothing to harm any beneficial pollinators. Win Win!

    1. I also wanted to share- a mouse made his way into our house a few weeks ago. Since I don’t like to kill things unless absolutely necessary, I did a little research and tried mixing peppermint oil and clove oil and placing it on cotton balls. I put these at the points where he might be coming in, and he disappeared and never came back! And it smells great.

  • Dandelions are edible too! The leaves and flowers can be washed and added to salad raw. The roots are good when sauteed with a little butter and salt. They’re good to add to a mix of veggies too.

  • Very interesting! In going to try this on a tomato plant to see if it will keep the deer from eating it. Last year the deer decimatedy tomato plants.

  • I can’t wait to try the weed killer with clove essential oil. I am already 2 weeks into some of the herbal infusions. Thank you PT for all the great ideas!!!

  • This is interesting. Always looking for new ways to ‘naturally’ get rid of weeds. The Aromatic Gardening topic was good.
    Thank you.

  • I’ve been making my own pest spray for a few years and the oil combo in this version work great!

  • I am very excited to try the clove bud for weeds!! I had been using a chemical to kill the weeds but want to make the switch to something more natural!! Thank you for the post!!

  • Right on time for gardening. Just made the bug spray last week and it is a life saver as I am surrounded by woods. Did not know clove bud is good for weeds, I have used vinegar.

  • If I can get my black thumb to cooperate, I may be able to use these to help! But for the time being, I’m excited to try infused oils. I love herbs, so having an indoor herb garden for the time being would be amazing!

  • Do you need to put Tea tree into a sprayer and dilute it then spray on plants with fungus?

    1. Diluting Tea Tree first is a great idea. You can use the recipe for the DIY Pest Spray and substitute the essential oils.

  • Well now I just “have” to get clove. Oh man hahaha.
    Can I use this in my vegetable and fruit garden as well?

  • I always have an herb garden during summer. Definitely keeps mosquitoes and its kind away to a certain degree. This article has many interesting nuggets. Thanks PT!

  • This is good info to know. I tried to plant a garden 2 years ago and it wasn’t successful (I think due to the bugs). May have to try again!!

  • I never thought about using essential oils to help improve my garden. This is an awesome tip! Thanks Plant Therapy 🙂

  • Will the Vinegar, Salt & Clove hurt Rose’s? I’ve got some weeds around my climbing roses and I’ve been hand pulling them…not wanting to hurt them I havent used a commercial spray.

  • I’m so glad I came across this blog this morning. I have clove and shield me but I never would have thought to put them to use in my garden!

  • Thanks PT as always for your interesting article. Can I use use the oily weedkiller if I have a cat?

  • I have been known to select plants for my raised beds based on aroma and texture! It’s too tempting to pass up the chance to touch a living plant on the way in or out the door….and have the scent linger! For me, it’s one of the coziest hallmarks of a home full of love. Dill is always included as it reminds me of summers spent foraging in my grandparents garden, and I love to tuck lipppings into floral arrangements. Now I’ll aslo think of Retha given her infatuation of Immune Boom!

  • I’ve never heard of using clove oil for weeds. I have used salt before. I’ll be trying this tomorrow. Good thing I have a 30 mil of clove oil.

  • I really want to try the dandelion infused oil but I keep waiting to long and the dandelions go to seed 🙁

  • Had no idea about clove bud and weeds! Appreciate the directions for infused dandelion oil. Inspired to try new things!

  • I’ve always used vinegar + salt to kill weeds but it doesn’t work all that great. I’m going to add clove ASAP and give it a try. Thank you for the suggestion!

  • Thanks PT, very interesting article. Can I use these oils to lol of the weeds if I have a cat?

  • This is great! Something has started munching on my plants recently, so I’m excited to mix up some of the pest spray! I also love the info on dandelions, we love them here and my kids think they’re a snack instead of weeds

  • I can’t wait to try the weed spray!
    I’m quite intrigued and hopeful about the DIY pest spray. Question though… is it OK to use the pest spray on all garden veggie plants since some of them will be consumed, i.e. lettuce, peas, etc.?

  • I’m a big fan of consuming dandelion greens that grow in the garden. They blend right in with salad greens and in stews. I’ve also made super tasty dandelion flower wine. Makes me thirsty thinking about it! These are great solutions in the garden. I’m a new bee keeper and I read from a few sources that bees love lemongrass and you can attempt to attract a swarm using the essential oil.

  • I had no idea I could use oils on my garden! Clove Bud has been on my wishlist for other reasons, but now I definitely need to buy it if it helps with weeds! I also noticed something has been chomping on my pea plants, so I’ll have to mix up some pest control spray.

  • Great information all around. We are big veggie gardeners and I’m always looking for natural ways of dealing with pests in the garden; so will utilize these tips.

    1. I’m so excited to try these suggestions! I love my garden but not the weeds and pests. My plants are just starting to grow so this was perfect timing!

  • Such great ideas. I had never heard of using EO for weed control! This is a perfect solution to my weed woes. We used natural shield around the perimeter of our crawl space to help with pest and had a decrease of ants in the house. Thanks for the tips!!

  • I’ve never heard that about the clove bud in the vinegar for weeds! I’m going to try it today!

  • THANK YOU so much for posting this info! I’ve been looking for ways to use my oils for gardening purposes. This is a great start. I hope more on this topic is coming. I already have my vegetable garden blooming. I use companion planting method. However, sometimes I still have some tiny bugs attacking my plants. I hope more on this issue is coming on the next blog post.

  • Thank you! I am so going to try out the pest spray in my garden this year. I have yet to find something that works and I refuse to resort to commercial pesticides. Hopefully this will do the trick! Looking forward to trying my hand at some herbal infusions this summer too 🙂

  • I was surprised to learn that clove bud could be used in a weed killing preparation.
    At the moment I have weeds sprouting everywhere that need to be addressed. Thanks for the informative blogpost!

  • Love these hints and tips.
    I love my dandelions, they are one of my favorite flowers, and, although, in years past, I have made infusions, which I love, I now just love to sit and enjoy the beauty of the happy yellow flowers, and there green leaves, smiling in my yard.
    My herbs are going great, too. I do hope to infuse some of my catnip, and the Melissa, that are growing so well this wet year.
    Great blog, as usual, great tips.
    Thanks, Plant Therapy.

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