Did You Know You Can Use Essential Oils For Gardening?

May 22, 2018 Anna 8 Comments

For those of you that have gardens or like to upkeep outdoor plants, there’s a solution to naturally repel pests and kill weeds, or even attract pollinators – by using essential oils for gardening! You can organically grow your plants without harmful chemicals and still kick those pests to the curb, while having a flourishing garden.

Repelling Insects/Pests In Your Garden

There are quite a few different essential oils that can use in your garden to help get rid of garden pests. For eliminating most of these, you can mix about 10 – 15 drops of the chosen essential oil/s into a spray bottle of water, then spray the plants or areas wherever the pests are found.

Peppermint essential oil is great for repelling many insects such as aphids, fleas, beetles, ants and spiders. As well, you can apply peppermint directly to cotton balls and place around the garden to prevent squirrels/rats or other small rodents from eating your vegetables. You can also put peppermint around entry ways or in cupboards in your home to keep out spiders.

Pine Oil repels fleas, ticks, slugs and snails. Especially good to use in the garden if you have pets or kids.

Rosemary essential oil can be used to repel mosquitoes and cats and deter insect larvae. To keep cats and/or mosquitoes out of your garden you can place cotton balls or strips of cloth with rosemary oil and place around the garden.

Neem oil can be used to help get rid of really bad infestations of hard to kill plant parasites/insects including eggs and larvae.

Lemongrass, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Lavender, Cinnamon and Clove essential oils are some more effective oils that can be used to help get rid of many garden pests.

You can also create an all-around/broad spectrum insecticide or repellent with a mixture of essential oils such as peppermint, rosemary, clove or cinnamon, and eucalyptus (all equal parts) with water in a spray bottle. Shake well before using.

Get Rid Of Fungus And Weeds


Garden fungus can be a big problem, taking nutrients from your plants and depriving them of being able to grow healthy and strong, and eventually killing them.

Tea tree oil has the ability to prevent fungal growth as well as kill various species of fungus.To make a tea tree fungicide, mix about a tablespoon of tree tree oil to one cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray affected plants one-two times per week.

Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Peppermint, Clove and Cinnamon essential oils are also other good oils you can use, with fungicidal properties. Onion and garlic oil are also effective for fighting plant fungus.

You can also create an anti-fungal spray by adding 10-15 drops of any or all these essential oils together, to a spray bottle of water. Shake before using.


Cinnamon or clove oil is very effective for killing weeds. You can even add vinegar to with either of these essential oils in your spray bottle of water, to make the mixture even more powerful.

Attracting Pollinators

Believe it or not, you can actually use certain essential oils to attract pollinators such as bees or butterflies! Fragrant oils that are good attractants for both the bees and butterflies are lavender, orange blossom, sage, helicrysium, and yarrow essential oils. Mix any of these with water and mist on plants, or put on cotton balls and place around the garden.

Natural DIY Bug Repellant

We all hate getting bombarded by insects, especially those terrible mosquitoes! Unless your one of those lucky people who don’t get bit or have any sort of reaction from mosquito bites, you probably always use bug repellent when camping out going out in the woods etc.

You can create your own natural repellent using essential oils, without having to use those bug sprays full of chemicals.

You will need:

20-30 drops citronella essential oil

15-20 drops eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil

20 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops rosemary essential oil

10 drops tea tree oil

1/2 cup witch hazel

1/2 cup water or vinegar

1 Tablespoon vodka or rubbing alcohol

10 drops jojoba oil (optional)

Combine everything in a glass spray bottle. Shake well before each use.

For good quality, affordable essential oils, you can check out Vitruvi essential oils.


Who would have known you can use essential oils in your garden, on your plants and even as a pollinator. If there is a way to deter pests without having to use harmful chemicals, why not give essential oils a try! There are many essential oils that you can use, as well as various combinations that you can put to the test.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!

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  1. Great article. I have been transitioning to use more natural products and this is something I did not know! I am all about “DIYs,” so I am excited to try some of these ideas in my new garden! I definitely learned something new reading this article.

  2. I use essential oils in my house so it only makes sense to use them out of the house. Thanks for the bug Repellant recipe. I will certainly be trying it out. Do you know if there is an essential oil that can kill ants or keep them away? We always seem to have a problem with them in the summer.

    1. Yes, peppermint, tea tree and a citrus oil are good against ants. You can combine all these essential oils together with water or even better – vinegar, into a spray bottle and use to repel/kill them.

  3. I love using essential oils in every part of my life! I had heard that you could use them for gardening but didn’t know how! This is great! I have used them to keep mosquitoes and other such pests away and they work great! I will have to try and use them on my plants. Are you able to use oils on both fruits and vegetables as well as regular plants?

    1. Yes you can! Also you can make a veggie/fruit cleaner for before you eat them (if your buying from the store). Just combine a few drops of cinnamon/clove oil, lemon oil and rosemary or eucalyptus oil into a sink full of water and let the fruits/veggies soak for a bit and there you have cleaned produce!

    1. Your welcome! yes I also found it super interesting that you could use eos for pollinators! Its always good to have more bees and butterflies to help out with the plants.

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