5 Best Essential Oils for Gardening

5 Best Essential Oils for Gardening

Hope Johnson
4 minute read

Gardening for essential oils is a fun and creative way to get involved with making plant medicine. Essential oils give plants their unique flavors and aromas, which is a large part of what attracts us to them. Growing plants for their essential oils is a fun way to explore the world of plant medicine, and to receive their aromatherapy.

5 Best Essential Oils for Gardening

All plants have essential oils, but they are not all easy to access if you don’t have your own still.

Below I’ve listed my top 5 plants for growing in a home garden.

I chose these plants because they can easily be used in everyday life, they are relatively easy to grow, their essential oils are plentiful in the part of the plant that’s also edible, and they are wonderful in culinary dishes, teas, and added to baths.

Melissa Essential Oil (Lemonbalm) - Organic (Melissa Officinalis)

Melissa Essential Oil (Lemonbalm) - Organic (Melissa Officinalis)

$29.97

  Botanical Name: Melissa Officinalis Plant Part: Leaves Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled Country of Origin: Bulgaria Color/Consistency: Golden Yellow Color with Thin Consistency Main Chemical Components: Geranial (44.47%), Neral (33.37%), beta-Caryophyllene (4.76%) … read more

Melissa (Melissa Officinalis)

Melissa grows low to the ground, like mint, and makes a lovely ground cover within a garden space.
In aromatherapy, melissa is well regarded as one of the world’s most potent medicines. It’s commonly used as a remedy for shock and trauma, insomnia, migraines, dementia, and for viruses, especially when the symptom is cold sores.
The essential oil of melissa is contained in the leaves which can be used to make a light, sweet lemony tea. It’s known to be very soothing and perfect before bedtime with a little honey.
The leaves can be crushed gently between the fingers for essential oil inhalation. They can be eaten directly from the plant, but it may not be the most pleasant taste to some people.
The leaves can also be chopped up and tossed into a salad, or cooked into savory or sweet dishes. Some people like to stuff chicken with Melissa for its lemony flavor. 

Rosemary ct. Verbenone - Organic - South Africa (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

Rosemary ct. Verbenone - Organic - South Africa (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

$11.97

  Botanical Name: Rosmarinus Officinalis, chemotype: Verbenone Plant Part: Leaves Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled Country of Origin: South Africa Color/Consistency: Clear/Pale Yellow Tinge with Thin Consistency Aroma: Spicy, Fresh, and Stimulating Perfumery Note: Middle Main Chemical Components: alpha-Pinene (19.49%),… read more

The tasty and aromatic spikes on the rosemary plant are full of essential oils. Sometimes I go over to my rosemary plant and give it a hug while enjoying its calming yet energizing aroma.
Rosemary is a wonderful plant to have around just for the fact that you can walk up and smell the sprigs without the need to crush them. You also can pop a spike in your mouth and chew it up for a lovely flavor with benefits. 
Use rosemary as a tea or chopped up and sprinkled on any number of sweet or savory dishes. The essential oils is known to help with digestion, skin conditions, and cognitive function.

Tarragon Essential Oil (Artemisia Dracunculus)

Tarragon Essential Oil (Artemisia Dracunculus)

$9.97

  Botanical Name: Artemisia Dracunculus Plant Part: Flowering Plant Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled Country of Origin: USA Color/Consistency: Clear/Slight Yellow Tinge with Thin Consistency Aroma: Sweet-Anise, Spicy-Green Perfumery Note: Middle Main Chemical Components: Estragole (75.28%), trans-beta-Ocimene (8.65%), cis-beta-Ocimene (7.69%) … read more

Tarragon is favored amongst chefs for its spicy and unique sweetness. Known as “little dragon” and “king of herbs”, tarragon has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries and is thought to have mildly psychoactive properties.
Benefits of tarragon essential oils include hormone regulation, digestive relaxant, diuretic, and aphrodisiac. This herb stimulates the liver to produce bile.
Its leaves are edible with a lovely delicate flavor. They can easily be added to salads or any other cold or hot dishes. It can also be added to a bath or made into a tea.
 

Lemongrass Essential Oil - Organic (Cymbopogon Flexuosus)

Lemongrass Essential Oil - Organic (Cymbopogon Flexuosus)

$9.97

  Botanical Name: Cymbopogon Flexuosus Plant Part: Entire Plant Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled Country of Origin: India Color/Consistency: Golden Yellow with Thin Consistency Aroma: Heavy, Lemony, and Green Perfumery Note: Top Main Chemical Components: Geranial/Citral A (40.57%), Neral/Citral B… read more



Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Flexuosus)
A deliciously sweet lemony smelling (and tasing) plant, lemongrass is a star in Thai cuisine. It can also be made into tea.
The essential oils are contained in the leaves, which are long, narrow, and flexible. They have a fountain-like appearance that looks majestic in the garden. You can’t snack on this leaf, but you can add it to your culinary dishes and to baths.
Lemongrass essential oil is used to relieve respiratory issues, and for its uplifting and relaxing aroma.
Lemongrass is an insect repellent, except to bees. Beekeepers use our lemongrass essential oils to help them attract bees to their hives.
 

Peppermint Essential Oil - USA (Mentha Piperita)

Peppermint Essential Oil - USA (Mentha Piperita)

$9.97

Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita Plant Part: Leaves Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled Country of Origin: USA (Williamette Valley) Color/Consistency: Light Yellow/Clear Color with Thin Consistency Aroma: Fresh, Minty, Hot, and Herbaceous Perfumery Note: Top Main Chemical Components: Menthol (43.04%), Menthone… read more

The leaves of peppermint make a lovely treat to taste while walking or working in the garden. Peppermint grows low to the ground, and it tends to spread out.
Its leaves can easily be chopped and made into a tea or added to your chocolate concoctions or other desserts. On a hot day, the leaves can be added to a cool bath to reduce stored heat from the body’s tissues.
Peppermint essential oil is used for bowel health, sleep issues, for calming, and to open the lungs.
 
This article was originally published on Porch.com on a page full of advice from indoor gardening experts. 

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