Our goal for gardening with essential oils is to share our love of gardening and the use of essential oils

Helping our planet stay green and our home safe from chemicals.


We have added some helpful fun tips and ideas, We hope you enjoy.

We have done our best to find as many uses for essential oils as possible.

We can not take claim for the information, however we did our best not take anything that was stated protected, to the best of our knowledge.We can only offer this as a hear say and not fact,



Conference 2009

Conference 2009

Gary Young shared with us what he did on his farm in Equdor to control insects and worms on the plants and their roots.

He made a mixture of Neem oil,essential oil of Basil,Palo Santo, and Tansy,

Gary had his worker fumigate the field and spraying the foliage of the plants, then used a syringe to get into the root system with the oil mixture, to kill the tiny white worms that where killing the plants.To the best of our knowledge he did not give exact measurements.

Gary also shared that he uses essential oils Millissa, Peppermint and Spearmint on his farms. Young Living has 4 farms check them out at

Gary said he uses organic cow Manure / red worm castings / organic humus / organic fertilizer

We believe he said he sprays organic fertilizer on the plants,

We are looking for more clarity on this, we will get it to you as soon as possible.


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Cinnamon oil is not only a great-smelling, environmentally friendly pesticide,

but it also has the ability to kill mosquito larvae more effectively than DEET. Researchers expect that cinnamon

oil could be a good mosquito repellant, though they have not yet tested it against adult mosquitoes.

The findings are reported in the July 14 edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a peer-reviewed journal of the

American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.



Besides being a summer nuisance, mosquitoes pose some major public health problems,

carrying such deadly agents as malaria, yellow fever and West Nile virus.

While conventional pesticide application is often effective in controlling

mosquito larvae before they hatch, repeated use of these chemicals raised serious

environmental and health concerns.



These problems have highlighted the need for new strategies for mosquito larval control,

says natural products chemist Peter Shang-Tzen Chang, a professor in the School

of Forestry and Resource Conservation at National Taiwan

University and lead author of the paper. Scientists are increasingly turning to more

benign natural chemicals to ward off mosquitoes and other pests.


Chang and his coworkers tested eleven compounds in cinnamon leaf oil for their

ability to kill emerging larvae of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti.

Four compounds cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, eugenol and anethole

exhibited the strongest activity against A. aegypti in 24 hours of testing, Chang says.

Larvicidal activity is judged with a measurement called LC50.

The LC50 value is the concentration that kills 50 percent of mosquito larvae in 24 hours,

Chang explains. Lower LC50 translates into higher activity,

because it takes a lower concentration to kill larvae in the same amount of time.



All four compounds had LC50 values of less than 50 parts per million (ppm),

with cinnamaldehyde showing the strongest activity at an LC50 of 29 ppm.

For comparison, the LC50 of DEET an extremely popular pesticide and

mosquito repellant is more than 50 ppm.



Other common essential oils, such as catnip, garlic oil, lavender, pennyroyal and most

essential oils, have shown similar promise in fighting off mosquitoes, but this is the first

time researchers have demonstrated cinnamon's potential

as a safe and effective alternative to pesticide, according to Chang.


Cinnamaldehyde is the main constituent in cinnamon leaf oil and is used worldwide

as a food additive and flavoring agent. A formulation using the compound could be sprayed

just like a pesticide, but without the potential for adverse

health effects plus the added bonus of a pleasant smell.



Bark oil from the Cinnamomum cassia tree is the most common source of cinnamaldehyde,

but the tree used in this study indigenous cinnamon, or Cinnamomum osmophloeum has

been of interest to researchers because the constituents

of its leaf oil are similar to those of C. cassia bark oil. The leaves of C. osmophloeum,

which grows in Taiwan's natural hardwood forests,

could be a more economical and sustainable source of cinnamon oil than isolating it from bark, Chang says.



Though the team only tested the oil against the yellow fever mosquito, cinnamon oil should prove

similarly lethal to the larvae of other mosquito species, the researchers say. In further studies they

plan to test cinnamon oil against other types

of mosquitoes as well as different commercial pesticides.



We think that cinnamon oil might also affect adult mosquitoes by acting as a repellant,

Chang says. The researchers haven't yet tested this theory, but they plan to find out in the near future.

The Council of Agriculture of the Executive Yuan, a government agency in Taiwan,

provided support for this research.

For your mosquito problem, you could try attracting dragonflies and/or birds (such as purple martins)

around the pond area.  I have purple martins at my house and I don't see many mosquitoes as I used to. Also,

if you'd like to know how to make your own insect repellent/summer cooler, here's the recipe:

"5 drops each of geranium and lavender essential oils
2 drops each of lemongrass and peppermint essential oils

Fill up a 2 fl.oz. spray bottle with filtered or spring water and add the drops. Shake it before each use."

It was originally something I found in a magazine that's used to keep you cool when you get too hot.

You just spray it on your face or anywhere you want... Since lemongrass is in it,

I realized it also doubles as a natural insect repellent. If you don't want the flower smells in it too,

you could put citronella in place of the geranium and lavender.

  something else that could help you out. Since dragonflies and martins are diurnal,

you might think of putting up a bat house to attract bats that might be in your area. I read somewhere a

while back that bats can eat double their weight in insects in one night.



GARDENING TIPS for a healthy, bug and chemical-free garden:


Karen:  Insect repellent for your garden - in a standard size spray bottle, fill almost full of water and then

add enough Thieves Cleaner to color the water.  You will know you put enough Thieves Cleaner in the bottle

when the insects scatter when you spray your vegetables and such.  I grow tomatoes and no worms and

no aphids, and the grasshoppers leave too.  This spray also works on rose bushes and squash plants.


Van Schenck:  Greetings Oilers!  The following information on Yarrow might be interesting for all you

gardeners. I just came across it while looking through my companion planting file.  Yarrow has insect repelling

qualities and is an excellent natural fertilizer.  It may increase the essential oil content of herbs when planted among them.


Elisabeth:  Adding a few drops of Geranium, Frankincense or Lemongrass to a water-spray will encourage

indoor plant growth.  Basil and Lemongrass used in the spray are effective against aphids.


  The Young Living farm uses Cinnamon, Oregano and Pine oils as insecticide.  I use Abundance in

my garden and it works beautifully.  Last week, I added Oregano to the Abundance and I haven't seen a bug since!


Penny:  I have used Peppermint and Purification on my vegetable garden.  We did not see bugs all summer,

plus it kept the squirrels away.  Hope this helps.


Jessica:  I have had GREAT luck with Orange oil for ant repellant.  And I add about 20 drops of Abundance

and 10 drops Oregano to 16 ounces of water and mist the plants.

On the subject of gardening, I am still using Abundance (about 20 drops) and Oregano (about 20 drops) in

16 ounces of water as a pesticide and it is working beautifully!  AND, I don't know if it is because of the oil or

the heat, but I have pulled less than 20 total weeds from my 30' X 15' garden!


Bill:  I have had great luck using Cedar Essential Water to eliminate the tiny spider mites from my tomato plants.

 Melissa and Lavender have also worked well.


Elaine:  I have used what the YL farm uses, modified.  YL farm uses Pine, Cinnamon and Oregano.

 I use Abundance, Pine and Oregano.  I add about 10-20 drops of each oil to a 16-ounce spray bottle

and mist my plants.  I have had VERY little pest issues!  I did have a couple of horn worms, but I just

plucked them off and went on my way spraying.  I have also had a few aphids, but only after three or

four days of not spraying.  For rabbits, I would leave out some water or food with Cayenne pepper on it.

 They will eat it and not come back!


Jean Marie Friedmann
:  For plants infested with insects, use one of the following essential oils.

Fill a mist spray bottle with 4 ounce of water, add the essential oils and mist the infested plant, using 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 flea beetle, flies, lice,

moths and plant lice

LEMONGRASS - black flea beetle, fleas, mosquitoes and ticks

TANSY - black fly, carrot fly, fleas, flies, greenfly, mosquitos, 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

PATCHOULI - gnats, snails, weevils and woolly aphids

PINE - slugs, snails and wooly aphids

SANDALWOOD - weevils and wooly aphids


Nancy Sanderson: Our all-around favorite is Young Living's Blend of Purification. We always

have it with us. Purification will not only help keep the bugs away, but when applied to a bite or sting,

will neutralize the venom. We have applied a drop of Purification to wasp, bee and yellow jacket stings

and felt the pain go away immediately and the swelling subside. The next day, there were no traces

of a sting. It works well for mosquito bites, too.  Hi Debra (works on scale. Aphids and bugs on plants).

Use 3 drops Spearmint and 3 drops Orange, in 2 quarts of water.  Also use to diffuse in greenhouse.

 It seems to keep the bugs away.  Lemon in the swamp cooler will keep fungus at bay.


Karen Molitor:  For house and garden insect spray - 3 drops Spearmint and 3 drops Orange

in 2 quarts water.  Mix and spray on plants in the house and outside and in greenhouse to keep the bugs

and aphids away. Also diffuse in the greenhouse.  We built a raised garden in June last year and I was

amazed at how quickly the vegetables grew.  However, I found holes in my broccoli plants shortly

after harvesting the first crop.  I could not find a testimonial for fighting cabbageworms, so I mixed my

own brew after finding about forty green worms on just two plants. I sprayed the leaves with a mixture

of Peppermint, Citronella, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus essential oils and water.  In the four days after doing that,

I only found one worm!



Article written by David Stewart, PhD, Author of Healing Oils of the Bible


As YLEO distributors, we don’t need poisons to kill pests.  We can repel them (and even sometimes kill them) with substances that

are not only harmless to us, but are actually healthful to us.  Here is a list of oils that will solve most of your pest problems around the

house.  And how do you use them?  One way is to get a pistol-grip squirt bottle.  Mix a few drops of the oil with some water,

shake it up, and start firing.


If you have bugs on your plants, like aphids on your roses, you can squirt the leaves and drive the bugs away with no harm to your plant.

  You can do the same with the other pests.  As for ants, you can smear a line of peppermint or spearmint across your kitchen counter

or floor and the ants won’t cross it.  If you already have a line of ants invading your house, just draw a line of oil across them and they

will turn back.  It is fun to watch.  And as for flies, you can knock them dead right out of the air with one shot from your pistol grip.


Specific Oils for Specific Insects

ANTS – Peppermint, Spearmint, Cinnamon

APHIDS – Cedarwood, Hyssop, Peppermint, Spearmint

BEETLES – Peppermint, Thyme

CATERPILLARS – Spearmint, Peppermint

CHIGGERS – Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme

CUTWORM – Thyme, Sage

FLEAS – Peppermint, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Lavender

FLIES – Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage

GNATS – Patchouli, Spearmint

LICE – Cedarwood, Peppermint, Spearmint

MOSQUITOES – Lavender, Lemongrass

MOTHS – Cedarwood, Hyssop, Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint

PLANT LICE – Peppermint, Spearmint

SLUGS – Cedarwood, Hyssop, Pine

SNAILS – Cedarwood, Pine, Patchouli

SPIDERS – Peppermint, Spearmint

TICKS – Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme

WEEVILS – Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood


Safe Insect Repellants:

As far as repellants go, when you go into the woods and fields, put a little lavender around your ankles, wrists, and waist-band

and you won’t have to worry about chiggers or ticks (or Lyme’s Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever).

  Lemongrass, Sage or Thyme would work, too, but might irritate your skin, so put it on your pant cuffs and shirt sleeves.

  As for your pets, you can put oils such as Purification, around their necks and backs, but watch to keep oils from

around their eyes.  So, there you have it - non-toxic pest control.



(from the EODR)


APHIDS - Mix 10 drops Spearmint and 15 drops Orange iin 2 quarts salt water, shake well, and spray on plants.

COCKROACH - Mix 10 drops Ppeppermint and 5 drops Cypress in 1/2 cup salt water.  Shake well and spray where roaches live.

HORSE FLIES - Idaho Tansy floral water

MOSQUITOS - Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus radiata, Lemongrass

MOTHS - Patchouli

SILVERFISH - Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus citriodora


To repel insects, essential oils can be diffused, or put on cotton balls or cedar chips (for use in closets or drawers).


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