Aromatherapy Recipes for Gardeners: Photo credit, Fotolia
Aromatherapy Recipes for Gardeners: Photo credit, Fotolia

I was doing some Fall planting this past weekend and, as any gardener knows, gardening comes with a few scars, aching limbs and dry, chapped hands! However, as you are planting up your garden, you should also remember that some plants can help soothe and ease the associated discomforts of your toil. Here’s a few aromatherapy recipes that may help soothe away some of those problems!

Note: All aromatherapy recipes stated here assume that you are a healthy adult with no other problems. You should consult a qualified health care professional before using if you have any other illnesses, are pregnant, elderly, or fall into any other “special” group; certain essential oils should be avoided for these groups and/or reduced in quantity. In addition, consult a suitably certified and experienced aromatherapist for essential oil advice.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Gardening Hands

Unless you wear gardening gloves – and, I confess, I do not always, as I like to make contact with the earth directly when planting – your hands will probably incur a few scratches, and your skin may become dry and chapped when gardening (depending upon the climate in which you work; here in Arizona, “very dry” is usually the normal state of affairs).

The following aromatherapy recipe may help the associated problems of “gardening hands:”

  • 4 oz whipped shea butter base*

  • 10 drops helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium) essential oil

  • 15 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

  • 11 drops petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara fol) essential oil

*You can learn how to make this butter base in the Sedona Aromatherapie Basic Butters, Balms, Creams and Lotions Course or the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy Course.

Blend the ingredients together and apply to hands after gardening.

Aromatherapy Recipe for Gardener’s Back Pain

Back pain – along with knee pain, elbow pain, hand pain and any other type of limb pain – is part of the territory with gardening! Even with the right tools, you will be bending and stretching parts of the body you didn’t know you had – until the next day, when the aches and pains set in!

The following aromatherapy recipe may help:

  • 4 oz apricot kernel (Prunus armeniaca) oil

  • 16 drops Roman chamomile (Chameaemelum nobile) essential oil

  • 8 drops lavender(Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

  • 12 drops black pepper (Piper nigrum) essential oil

Note: Black pepper essential oil should not be used in conjunction with homeopathic remedies and may cause skin irritation.

Blend the ingredients together and apply to the relevant area after a soak in the tub or shower.

Learn How to Blend Essential Oils Safely and Successfully

This post is a short introduction to aromatherapy recipes for gardeners. If you want to understand more about essential oils, and how to use them both safely and successfully for other home uses, consider taking one of the Sedona Aromatherapie Home Study Aromatherapy Courses. To learn more, visit the courses home page.


  • Author is a UK-certified aromatherapist with seven years experience and practice of running her own aromatherapy business in the United States.

  • Author is also a published author and accredited aromatherapy course provider for NAHA.

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