Essential Oils for Wellness and Well Being
Out in the Garden
by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on June 16th, 2016

​Like many of you one of my past times is gardening.  I initially started out with a vegetable garden so I could have more control over my food source.  I found I really enjoyed it.  Not only did I have really fresh fruits and vegetable to enjoy but I felt better.  I was getting exercise, producing something, and enjoying the benefits of the dirt.
 
A CNN article from 2011  touts the many benefits of gardening which includes the reasons I cited as well as some surprising benefits: stress health, better mental health, and brain health.  Who is not looking for ways to improve in those areas?  For me the reduction in stress was immediately noticeable, I seemed to be less on edge and when I do get stressed a little time in the garden does wonders for me.  I never thought weeding would be therapeutic but is sure is for me.  There is just something about getting my hands dirty that I have found makes me very happy.
 
I have to share that my oils go out there with me, too.  I have several things I use my essential oils for in the garden and I invite you to check out my class about using essential oils <link> in the garden but want to share a few of the quick ones with you.
 
Peppermint – most rodents and pests dislike peppermint.  When I start having issues with bugs and rodents I quickly put some peppermint essential oil on a piece of cotton or a cotton ball and place strategically in the garden.  I find just hitting the four corners of my 12 x4 raised bed can take care of most problems.  I know some people grow peppermint for that reason but it can be so invasive that I prefer to keep the peppermint plants growing in pots.
 
Lemongrass – pollinators are important in the garden and with the decline in their numbers I have, on occasion, needed to attract them to my garden and yard.  A drop of lemongrass essential oil on an organic cotton swab and stuck in the garden does wonders for attracting bees and the like. 
 
Lemon – finally once I bring that produce in I like to clean it by soaking it in a sink full of water with 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil.  I leave it in for a few minutes then take it out and give it a good rinse and pat it dry or put it in my salad spinner. 
 
When using essential oils it is important to be sure you are using oils that have been quality tested and are safe.  If you are interested in the essential oils I use please contact me.
 
​Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton is an Essential Oil Evangelist and President of Be OilRight, LLC. Her mission is to educate people on using natural solutions to improve their home and health so they can be prepared for life’s little emergencies. Cheryl can be reached via phone at 850-296-7976, by email at Cheryl@BeOilRight.com or at her website: http://www.BeOilRight.com


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