Do It Yourself: All-Natural Garden Pesticide Spray

3 Posted by - May 16, 2013 - Archive

I’ve never been one to claim I have a green thumb, but one thing I do know is that insects and bugs ruin gardens. A few posts ago, I shared an all-natural way to keep those aerial pests from spoiling our days in the outdoors with a bug spray. This week I’d like to share a way to keep these pests from damaging our gardens. Generally, we use pesticides to deter insects from gardens; prevent plants, fruits, and vegetables from growing fungi; and to encourage growth. However, the in-store alternatives to treat these issues include harmful chemicals that have warnings if the product is ingested, if there is contact with eyes and skin, or even if it is inhaled. So we must ask ourselves: Is this something I want to spray on my flowers, fruits, or vegetables? Unequivocally, the answer is no. So why not use something safe, effective, and chemical free? Here’s a simple recipe to keep your garden growing so you can enjoy truly fresh foods!

Items needed
• Distilled water
• Spray bottle
• Liquid dish soap (biodegradable)
Spearmint essential oil
Citronella essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Blue tansy essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil

• Fill an 8-oz. spray bottle with distilled water
• Add 1 ½ tablespoons of liquid dish soap
• Add 3–4 drops of each essential oil
• Mix and spray generously on plants, fruits, and vegetables

For fungus and mildew protection
• Add 4 drops of lemon or orange essential oil to 8 oz. of water and spray areas where fungi and mildew may grow.

Did you know?
• Spearmint essential oil can help deter ants and aphids
• Citronella essential oil can help deter gnats and mosquitos
• Lavender essential oil can help deter fleas, moths, and flies
• Blue tansy essential oil can help deter flies
• Cedarwood essential oil can help deter snails and slugs
• Lemon and orange essential oils can help reduce fungi from growing on plants

Please feel free to share other essential oils you like to use in your garden and any success stories you may have when using essential oils as the safer alternative to harsh chemicals found in pesticides.

—Marco Colindres III, YL Product Marketing Manager


  • Marsha Enget June 7, 2015 - 8:12 am Reply

    You can tell it’s summer and bug season and citronella is out of stock…I don’t suppose there is a substitute?

    • Young Living June 8, 2015 - 11:50 am Reply

      Purification can serve as a substitute for Citronella.

  • Rennessa February 12, 2015 - 3:42 pm Reply

    So excited to try this! We are going to use oils for our beekeeping also.

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  • Kristina Jones May 29, 2014 - 7:10 am Reply

    Blue tansy is out of stock until September. Any suggestions on something else to use in its place?

  • weirdlittlepony February 9, 2014 - 5:34 am Reply

    Will these work on scale and spider mites? I’m terrified of being faced with those and having to run for poison because these are the 2 pests that tillandsias seem to be most challenged with where I live.

  • Stephanie June 22, 2013 - 11:53 am Reply

    Instead of just any dishsoap, why not use Thieves…. that is what I use anyway as a natural, safe dish soap… it’s the only household product that I use and I find a way to use it for everything. What do you think about this Marco? Stephanie

  • Andi June 1, 2013 - 5:57 pm Reply

    Thanks for the recipe! Could you please add a Pin It button to your blog for us iPad users?

  • Janet Klepacz May 30, 2013 - 3:05 pm Reply

    awesome! I am being bugged by bugs in my garden! Thanks much :)

  • amrita21 May 30, 2013 - 4:56 am Reply

    This is certainly helpful, but I do not seem to have a problem with “pests” – i talk to them – yes, i know – and ask them to leave, and my flowers and plants seem fine. i started this with pests indoors – roaches particularly, and they all leave. Got the idea from the old book, “Findhorn Garden.”

  • Ann Fuller May 25, 2013 - 12:23 am Reply

    Do we have to try and get a glass spray bottle? As we shouldn’t use oils in plastic.

    • Dianna Walsh June 1, 2013 - 10:34 am Reply

      The oils in this blend will be highly diluted when used in these proportions and should be safe to use in an HDPE plastic bottles.

      Look at the bottom of your bottle/container to identify the type of plastic used. Look for HDPE plastics and only use them with highly diluted oil bends. PET and other plastics such as those found in water bottles are not stable enough for use with essential oil and blends.

      Also, NEVER store undiluted oils in plastic containers. For the best experiences when using a plastic container, only mix enough of a blend for one or 2 uses and rinse your container between refills.

  • Ann Fuller May 25, 2013 - 12:14 am Reply

    Thank you for the great info. Looking forward to trying in the garden.

  • Nicole Marie Helget May 17, 2013 - 2:31 pm Reply

    I have a hot tub that the cover keeps smelling like mildew, do you think the orange or lemon would work on that? Definitely gonna try this on my garden.

  • Joy May 17, 2013 - 11:50 am Reply

    How often will you need to spray?

    • Tiffany May 17, 2013 - 12:39 pm Reply

      Not sure since this is the first season to have a couple of fruit trees. (plum and peach)

    • productblog May 17, 2013 - 1:38 pm Reply

      Spraying should be on an “as needed” basis.

  • Tiffany May 17, 2013 - 11:45 am Reply

    Is Cedarwood also good against fruit tree worms?

    • productblog May 17, 2013 - 1:35 pm Reply

      Thyme and Sage are good deterrents for fruit tree worms and cutworms.

  • Lacey Lockhart May 17, 2013 - 11:18 am Reply

    Instead of the liquid dish soap, would it be ok to use castille soap?

    • productblog May 17, 2013 - 1:36 pm Reply

      It should be fine as long as it is in liquid soap form.

    • Dianna Walsh June 1, 2013 - 10:24 am Reply

      Castille Soap should work fine. The addition of soap works to will help the solution stay on the leaves longer.

  • Terrie May 17, 2013 - 9:42 am Reply

    does this also repel bees and butterflies?

    • productblog May 17, 2013 - 1:38 pm Reply

      It may, but there is no definitive answer whether this would work on bees or butterflies.

  • Barb Brown May 17, 2013 - 7:12 am Reply

    Thanks for the information. I’m looking forward to putting this recipe together. Do you have a recipe for no-see-ums and gnats?

    • Dianna Walsh June 1, 2013 - 10:42 am Reply

      No-see-ums are a huge problem in Florida and if there is one within 10 miles I swear it can find me.

      My favorite skin recipe for no-see-ums and gnats is 10 drops of YL peppermint oil diluted in 1 ounce of V-6 Mixing Oil. Use this in a roll-on bottle and apply to exposed skin. No more bites! Works well for mosquitoes too.

      If you do get a bite use Purification to relieve the itch. It works like magic.

  • Judy Smith Battenberg May 17, 2013 - 7:06 am Reply

    I am preparing to plant a small garden area in my yard, so was thrilled to see this post! My son (who began the all-natural process at his home, also) is doing the same and will also be happy to see this natural pesticide spray.

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