Aromatherapy in the garden

Most people think of a nice massage or oil diffuser to make the house smell nice when you mention essential oils, but I’m about to undertake a bit of an experiment using them in the garden as fungicides and pesticides.

I am a qualified aromatherapist, but only really ever learned how to use oils to treat people. Whilst unpacking my books I came across a book that I’ve owned for probably 20 years but never read – it’s called The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood. As it was too hot to work outside yesterday afternoon I decided to make a start on this book. Lots of things that I had forgotten that I knew came rushing back and I’m so excited about starting to use oils for the plants and trees. A lot of my oils are very old so I’m off shopping tomorrow to pick up some fresh supplies.

Patchouli, tea tree, cinnamon and niaouli can all be used for mould and fungus by adding 10 drops of oil for every 4 litres of water.

Peppermint is extremely good as an insecticide, although I have a list of particular oils for different individual pests too.

It all makes perfect sense to try this route out, as we have been researching companion planting to reduce pests and diseases. Indoors I always add a few drops of lavender oil to the water for washing the floor – spiders and bugs hate the smell so it helps to reduce uninvited guests!

About to aromatherapy the s*!t out of the place!

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