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Gardening and Essential Oils

Quick Essential Oil Gardening Tips & Tricks 

~For a simple garden tool cleaner, mix 10 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) with 33 ounces of distilled water and add to a spray bottle. Spray on tools and wipe clean without any toxins or added chemicals.

~ To attract pollinators to your garden naturally, use Lavender essential oil. Simply add a few drops to a spray bottle, fill with water, and spray! Repeat frequently.

Make your own non-toxic weed killer from home using vinegar and Clove essential oil! Vinegar is used as an effective natural herbicide and weed killer while Clove essential oil works alongside to naturally rid your garden of unwanted weeds. To make, mix a full-strength vinegar with 10 drops of Clove essential oil, add to a spray bottle, and spray away! Mix well before each use.

~Bites and stings from bees, wasps, ants, and other insects are always a possibility when gardening, even for the most careful gardener. If this unfortunate occurrence happens to you, apply Lavender and Peppermint essential oil directly to the bite or sting for a soothing and comforting sensation.

~Peppermint and Geranium are both excellent oils to have on hand while gardening. Combine these oils with Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply to skin before gardening to protect yourself from ants, spiders, beetles, ticks, and fleas.

~One of the trickiest parts of building and maintaining a healthy garden is keeping pests out. Conventional insecticides contain harmful chemicals that could be dangerous to pets or family members. Luckily, essential oils contain powerful properties that can help keep your garden bug-free, the natural way. This simple DIY uses the power of Peppermint oil to ward off unwanted visitors, keeping your home and garden happy.

Ingredients

16 ounce spray bottle

15–20 drops Peppermint oil

Water

Directions

Fill a 16 ounce glass spray bottle with water, leaving an inch or so of room at the top. Add 15–20 drops of Peppermint oil and shake well before each use. Apply spray to every plant in your garden, making sure to cover the stems and undersides of leaves as well. Spray again after each rainfall.

 

Note: To help kill weeds, you may substitute 8 ounces of water for 8 ounces of vinegar in this DIY. If you choose to do so, do not apply directly to garden plants, and use white vinegar only. Apple cider vinegar emits a sweet smell that fruit flies love, and can make a pest problem much worse.

 

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Love, Intimacy and Aromatic Alchemy

Essential Oils can be very effective at stimulating the libido, arouse the senses, improve sexual desire, lessen inhibitions and create an environment for increased pleasure. Below are a few of my favorite blends.

Powerful libido blend

3 drops Ylang Ylang

1 drop Wild Orange

1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil

Apply this blend to the back of the neck, behind the ears, over the thyroid, on the wrists and ankles.

Sensual Massage Blend 

1 drop Rosemary

2 drops Orange

1 drop Patchouli

2 drops Bergamot

1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil

Erotic Love Potion

1 drop Black Pepper

2 drops Ginger

3 drops Sandalwood

Diffuse, or mix with fractionated coconut oil and apply to wrists and neck

Love Potion #9

1 drop Cinamon

1 drop Ylang Ylang

1 drop Ginger

Diffuse, or mix with fractionated coconut oil and apply to wrists and neck

Aphrodite Blend

2 drops Wild Orange

3 drops Ylang Ylang

5 drops Rose or Geranium

Apply lightly to different parts of your body, such as hair, hands or feet

Venus Perfume

1 drop Ylang Ylang

1 drop Rose or Geranium

1 drop Lavender

1 drop Sandalwood

Use this blend as an erotic perfume

Elevate your relationship with this amazing blend:

Step 1: Start by using a roller bottle and add 4 ounces of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Step 2: Add the following dōTERRA® essential oils:
-2 drops of Black Pepper
-2 drops of Ginger
-3 drops of Rosemary
-3 drops of Wild Orange
-4 drops of Sandalwood
-4 drops of Ylang Ylang
-4 drops of Bergamot
You can apply to the back of your neck, behind your ears, or even on your wrists – it smells amazing by the way!

Single Oils to Boost Intimacy

Jasmine

Rose

Sandalwood

Rosemary

Clary Sage

Black Pepper

Cinnamon

Sandalwood

Ylang Ylang

Keep the bugs away……

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Keep the bugs away naturally with  Essential Oils

These DIY candles LOOK & SMELL GREAT and keep the bugs at bay!

What you’ll need 

jars of your choosing

3-5 slices of lemon and lime

a few sprigs of rosemary

floating candle

10 drops of repellent blend

5 drops of lemongrass

5 drops of eucalyptus

Fill jar with water, add lemons, lime and rosemary, oils and place floating candle on top ~ ENJOY!

Healthy Scalp ~ Healthy Hair

 

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Promote thicker and healthier hair with  essential oils. Below are a few of my favorite night time recipes to stimulate and invigorate your scalp and promote beautiful hair growth.

 

Choose your favorite blend mix gently & massage into scalp before bed. Leave on overnight & wash out in morning.

 

Overnight Scalp Treatments

Blend 1 

3 drops Lavender
3 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Rosemary
3 drops Thyme
Mix into 1TBS jojoba or grape seed oil rub into scalp before bed

 

Blend 2
1 oz fractionated coconut oil
3 drops Clary sage
2 drops White fir
1 drop Rosemary

 

Blend 3

3 drops Rosemary
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Thyme
2 drops Cypress

 

Bonus: Add 25 drops Lavender and 25 drops Rosemary to your shampoo and conditioner bottles for more rapid results.

Essential Tea

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Essential oils are a wonderful addition to your tea collection. Below are a few of my favorite essential oil tea recipes. Please add oils after water has boiled and use oils sparingly you can adjust as needed for personal taste.

Essential Toddy:

Cup of hot water

Squeeze 1/2 fresh lemon

1 drop ginger, 2 drops choose 1 (grapefruit, wild orange or lemon) & 2 drops frankincense

honey to taste

Essential Chai:

Blend in a 5ml bottle: 15 drops  cardamom, 10 drops cinnamon, 10 drops cassia, 10 drops black pepper, 10 drops ginger, 8 drops clove

Steep your choice of black tea or caffeine free rooibos, add milk of your choice.

Sweeten with honey or maple syrup. ENJOY!

Sleepy Time:

Cup of hot water

Chamomile Tea bag

1 drop lavender, 1 drop roman chamomile & 2 drops bergamot

 

Promote Restful Sleep with Essential Oils


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Essential Oils are a natural and effective way to support the body to get the rest that it needs. There are 3 ways you can use the oils to promote peaceful sleep:

Aromatically~diffuse in your sleeping area or rub a few drops on your hands and take 5-10 long deep breaths before bed allowing your body to rest and relax.

Topically~Rub a few drops on the bottoms of your feet, back of your neck and across your forehead or take a warm bath and add the oil blend with 1 cup of epsom salts to your tub for a long relaxing soak!

Internally~Put a few drops under your tongue, in water ( please drink your oils and water out of glass ) or in a gel cap.

Below are some recommended oils and blends to try!

Suggested Single Oils

You can mix and match as you like however, they are all very effective on their own!

Lavender~Balancing and calming a good general use oil for everyone (Use Aromatically, Topically or Internally)

Vetiver~Grounding (Use Aromatically, Topically or Internally)

Roman Chamomile~Calming (Use Aromatically, Topically or Internally)

Marjoram~Relaxing for tension release  (Use Aromatically, Topically or Internally)Geranium

Clary Sage~Hormone Balance (Use Aromatically, Topically or Internally)

Sandalwood~Grounding and Restorative (Use Aromatically, Topically or Internally)

 Blends

Calming Blend~Calming ( Aromatically or Topically )

Metabolic Blend ~Metabolic Balance, 3-5 drops in water or under your tongue 3-5x per day do not take past 6pm

Make your own blend~ 

Restful Sleep Blend ( This is my favorite sleep blend I suggest diffusing it by your bed while you sleep )

15 drops Lavender

10 drops Vetiver

10 drops Clary Sage

5 drops Frankincense

5 drops Ylang Ylang

8 drops Roman Chamomile

5 drops Wild Orange

Mix oils in a 15 ml bottle and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil.

Application/location: Place a few drops in a diffuser to help sleep, rub a few drops on the bottoms of your feet, back of your neck and forehead before bed.

Sleep Blend 1

20 drops Geranium

5 drops Lavender

5 drops Clary Sage

Sleep Blend 2

6 drops Sandalwood

2 drops lemon

2 drops ylang ylang

1 drop coriander

1 drop vetiver

mix in 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil

Application/locations: pour a few drops into hands , rub together, and inhale then rub on bottoms of feet, behind neck and on the forehead.

Clear Breathing 

4 drops Marjoram

3 drops lavender

3 drops Roman Chamomile

3 drops White Fir

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Thyme

4 teaspoons fractionated coconut oil

Applications/locations: massage blend into the upper chest, back of neck, shoulders, and along the back before going to bed

 

References: The Fragrant Mind by Valerie Ann Wormwood and Living Healthy & Happily Ever After  by Rebecca Linder Hintze and Dr. Susan Lawton

Garden Essentials

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Natural and Safe  Pest Control

Essential Oils can help protect plants from insect, mildew, and other plant diseases. Below are some tips to keep your garden healthy and beautiful!

For your natural pest control,  mix 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle with 1/2 teaspoon natural soap and 12 drops of essential oil from the guide below, remembering to shake the bottle frequently to keep the oil mixed with the water

Repellent Blend  All-Around Insect Blend

THYME and LAVENDER are great for protecting all vegetables in the garden

PEPPERMINT: Ants, aphids, bean beetle, cabbage root fly, caterpillars, black flee beetle, flies, lice, gnats, moths

LEMONGRASS: Black flea beetle, fleas, mosquito’s, and ticks

THYME: Bean beetle, cabbage root fly, cutworm, ticks

CLARY SAGE: Cabbage root fly,cutworm, nematodes, ticks, white fly

ROSEMARY: Cabbage root fly and carrot fly

WHITE FIR: Slugs, snails, wooly aphids

SANDALWOOD: Weevils, wooly aphids

A Little Goes A Long Way~

Essential Oils are powerful, so apply to plants sparingly. Begin by spraying the solution on the plants, making sure to spray underneath the leaves as well as on top. You can also apply the solution wi a brush if you want to be more precise in your application to a specific area. Several applications, every few days may be necessary.