What To Plant in an Aromatherapy Garden
Aromatherapy is loaded with benefits, and it starts in your own backyard. Here, we offer suggestions for what to plant in your aromatherapy garden.
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Aromatherapy is a perfect, natural way to boost relaxation, help you sleep, and ease your anxiety. But sometimes, it feels like you have to pay an arm and a leg for high-quality essential oils.
Well, as mom used to say, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” If you can get your hands on an oil extraction machine, all you need are the ingredients, and you can make your own essential oils. And if there’s one thing we know how to do here, it’s grow a garden. All it takes is knowing what to plant in an aromatherapy garden.
There is a reason that lavender sits at the top of every list about aromatherapy and essential oils you’ll ever read. It’s the aromatherapy jack-of-all-trades. Lavender helps relieve stress, improve sleep, and even potentially soothe mild pain. But if you’re planting lavender, make sure your garden is situated in full sunlight and a well-drained area. And if you live in a humid area, maybe reconsider this as a choice.
The smell of lemons conjures up images of bright summer sunshine and a fresh, clean house. But don’t think you have to grow a whole lemon tree to get the scent in your essential oils. Lemon thyme, a hardy plant that grows best in hot, dry conditions, smells just like the real thing. When you add it to your essential oils, it helps boost your mood and energy while soothing anxiety. And on top of that, it makes a great seasoning for chicken.
And speaking of great seasonings for chicken—rosemary may be an herb you already have in your kitchen or herb garden. It offers a slew of potential benefits as an essential oil. Along with stress and fatigue relief, some groups are doing research into whether rosemary will help with medical issues like joint inflammation and poor circulation. Stick that on your chicken and cook it.
Chamomile is usually associated with relaxation. It’s the kind of tea your grandma would brew to help you sleep at night. But chamomile may pack a bigger punch when used as an essential oil. This cute little white flower that grows best in dry, partly shaded soil may also help relieve inflammation. This makes it the perfect choice to help skin conditions like eczema, rashes, or even sores.
Aromatherapy isn’t just for those ready to spend a boatload of money on oils. Once you’ve decided what to put in an aromatherapy garden, the whole essential oil world opens up to you.