Our products that include essential oils as “secret ingredients” are Torched All-Natural Weed Killer, Defender Natural Insecticide, SO Essentials Bug Spray, and Desecticide Darkling Beetle Insecticide. In this video, Alyssa briefly explains the science behind essential oils and how they work in our products.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts obtained via mechanical pressing or steam distillation of plant material. Each oil has unique physical and chemical properties that make them useful in a variety of products for human, animal and plant health. These properties can be anything from scent and color to solubility and polarity.
For example, if you or I were to have a headache, rosemary or spearmint essential oil can provide some relief due to their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Citronella is another example of a well-known and commonly utilized essential oil. Rather than curing headaches, citronella is a strong deterrent for flying insects such as mosquitos.
How We Use Essential Oils
Several Southland Organics products contain proprietary blends of essential oils suited for their specific purpose. Torched All-Natural Weed Killer contains several oils selected due to their ability to damage the exterior of plant foliage. We call this initial damage the “burn” that lights the torch. The burn makes it possible for the remaining soaps and salts to then kill the plant by attacking the root systems.
In the case of both Desecticide Darkling Beetle Insecticide and Defender Natural Insecticide, oils that are toxic to insects are combined to create two highly effective insecticides that are safe for the user and the environment. Whether in a chicken house, your garden, or the front porch, these oils eliminate even the most pesky pests.
While the oils are not neurotoxins, they can have the same impact on insects by mimicking certain neurotransmitters. These oils give you the pest-killing benefits of neurotoxins without the harmful long-term impacts!
As an added benefit, some of these oils double as an insect repellent. SO Essentials is a personal favorite of mine! Much like Desect and Defender, SO Essentials’ key ingredient is essential oils that deter flying insects like mosquitoes and gnats. This formula, however, is much milder so that it can be directly applied to the skin without drying it out or leaving harsh films.
Nature's Perfect Solutions
Essential oils are a powerful tool offered by nature to alleviate some common problems faced by home and farm owners alike. Here at Southland Organics, we choose to use those tools to our advantage to provide you with safe, natural, and effective solutions to the problems you face.
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About the Author
This blog was written by Izy Dobbins, Southland Organics' Marketing Manager. Izy has devoted her education and career to communicating science-related topics. With an enthusiasm for sharing accurate and honest content relating to science and agriculture, she ensures Southland Organics' publications are as informative as they are interesting. Izy graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in advertising, minors in both Spanish and environmental health science and a Certificate in Sustainability. She has been working at Southland Organics since 2021. Learn more about Izy here.
This blog was edited by Alyssa Rauton. With a bachelor’s degree in avian biology and two years of vet school from the University of Georgia under her belt, Alyssa has a wealth of knowledge on chicken health, nutrition and biology as well as a keen understanding of the animal agriculture industry. Alyssa has been writing content and executing research and development for Southland Organics since 2020. Learn more about Alyssa here.