We all know essential oils are great for health and wellness and cleaning the house of course, but when I say I use essential oils regularly in my coop, and garden, I really mean it!
The other day I started counting off a mental list of all the ways I like to use essential oils in my homesteading adventures, and I even surprised myself with how many I came up with, so here you go!
1. ORGANIC GARDEN PEST CONTROL
No one likes their garden veggies to be destroyed by insects, but most of us don’t love spraying pesticides on our food, either. There are a large handful of different oils that are fantastic for spraying in your garden to repel pests, including:
- Melaleuca (tea tree)
I get a large spray bottle and fill it with water and then add 10 drops of oregano, lavender and rosemary essential oil and shake. I usually only choose three because less is better. You don't want to kill EVERYTHING, you just want to control the bug population. Killing everything disrupts the Ecosystem.
I then spray and mist all the plants and ground and repeat this every six weeks.
2. DIY ANIMAL OR DOG SHAMPOO
Our newest addition to the family. Meet miss Mae-Mae! She is a Austraialan Shepherd blue marvel l. is a big fan of fresh cow pies and MUD. This is the recipe I used after his latest manure-laden adventure:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup mild castile soap (I use Dr. Bronners non-fragrance)
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops cedar wood essential oil
- 2 drops Lemongrass
- 2 drops rosemary
- 2 drops peppermint
- 2 drops sage
Massage onto the wet dog and rinse well. This is the BEST natural bug repellent and I repeat this every time I give the dogs a bath.
3. Essential Oil Pest Control Chart
4. CHICKEN COOP SPRAY
This will take the place of regular coop cleaner, and I love spritzing this DIY spray around the nesting boxes too, I just makes everything smell so good! It will also cut down on flies.
- 2 cups raw applecider vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 10 drops oregano essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops thyme essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well, and spritz generously in the coop and nesting boxes. I then will sprinkle food grade DG and cayenne pepper around the nesting boxes to give it a little more protection from mites and fleas.
🌱Why use natural deodorant?
Some of the chemicals found in deodorants and antiperspirants are known endocrine disruptors – such as a class of substances called parabens (listed under the names butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben).
These preservatives prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast, but research shows they negatively impact the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects.
Aluminum compounds (like aluminum chlorohydrate, are used in deodorants to block the sweat ducts. They have been found to mimic estrogen, which promotes growth of breast cancer cells.
I get asked all the time, “why should I use Young Living essential oils?”
I always tell people to do this great test. Put a YL and a off brand essential oil of the same kind in the freezer for 5 hours, chances are the off brand will freeze- and this means there is filler in it. YL NEVER put ANY fillers in their oils, EVER! YL is the only company that had oils you can ingest and is FDA certified, no other company has this. There are SO many reasons why I picked YL.
Check out their website and read about how awesome they really are. ;)
- 3 T Coconut Oil
- 3 T Baking Soda
- 2 T Shea Butter
- 2 T Arrowroot (optional) or cornstarch
- 5 drops Young Living Lemongrass essentials or Lavender
- 7 drops young Living tea tree (melaleuca)
- Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat until barely melted.
- Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda or just omit)
- Mix well
- Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.
6. 🌿HOMEMADE BATH BOMBS🌿
1/2 c. Baking soda
1/4 c. Epson salt, which Soothe muscles and softens skin.
1/4 c. cornstarch, and that just holds everything together.
1/4 c. citrus acid, this is the most important ingredient because it reacts with the baking soda to make the fizz.
1 1/2 teaspoons castor oil.
I love using castor or oil because of Its therapeutic properties. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, super hydrating. It’s in beauty products, and it’s Noncomedogenic which means: Not likely to cause pore blockages and breakout.
3 to 5 drops of food coloring.
1/2 tablespoon of any essential oil.
1/2 tablespoon water then mix.
7. How To Make Laundry Detergent
- 6 cups baking soda
- Three bars of non-toxic coconut soap, finely grated (One made with coconut oil works best. You can buy it on-line or at WholeFoods market.
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU’LL WANT TO HAVE ON HAND:
More on what to do with this stuff in the instructions below
- Cut soap into small chunks. Add to the food processor along with the baking soda and lemon essential oil.
- Blend until you have a fine powder. Also, let it settle a bit before opening the container or the powder will float onto your kitchen counter.
- Put it into a glass jar.
These instructions are for a top loader. I don’t have any experience with front loaders, sorry!
- Add 2-3 tablespoons laundry detergent per load ( If you are washing in cold water, dissolve it in hot water before adding it in. I prefer to start each load with a little hot water to dissolve and then put my laundry in)
- If desired, add about five drops of lemon essential oil as a degreaser
- If washing whites, add a scoop of powdered oxygen bleach or pour 1/2 cup peroxide in the bleach compartment
- Add 1/2 cup vinegar to a Downy ball or the fabric softener compartment
- For extra fabric softening goodness and a shorter drying time, toss some wool dryer balls with some lavender essential oil. The smell is Wowza good!