Products to help you heal yourself and your garden

March 5, 2014

For many, the simple act of gardening can be a healing task, providing the time to think, appreciate, and observe plants and wildlife. These products help heal the more tangible things in life and keep the gardening going all year long.

Sneeboer Tool Maintenance Kit
The expert tool makers at Sneeboer created this kit to maintain and protect their high-quality tools. The kit contains linseed oil to protect metal from rust and moisturize ash handles, a gentle cloth for wiping, a whetstone to keep a sharp edge on blades, and a wire brush for effective cleaning. Any gardener hoping to make tools last will find this kit invaluable.
 $48 from Rodale’s
Bu's Brew Malibu Compost Tea Bags
Certified Biodynamic compost tea by Malibu Compost gives lagging gardens the extra push they need to flourish. Soak the portioned bags overnight in 21/2 to 5 gallons of water (depending on the concentration required) and use in the morning. Great for those who lack the space to compost.  
$13 for 4 tea bags from Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply
Badger Balm
Dry, cracked gardener hands are a thing of the past with this ultra-healing treatment. The chemical-free, organic formula has a refreshing wintergreen scent and comes in a garden-friendly tin that will store anywhere from a purse to a tool kit.
$8 from W.S. Badger Company
Medicinal Herbs Collection
Create a healing garden in your back yard with this seed kit. Collected from open-pollinated, heirloom plants, the kit contains seeds of nine herbs, including Echinacea, yarrow, calendula, chamomile, and sacred basil.
$22 from Bountiful Gardens
Mad About Organics Flea and Tick Treatment
Owners nervous about treating their dogs with chemicals can rest easy. This organic treatment uses olive, aloe vera, and essential oils to naturally repel fleas and ticks on dogs.
$10 from Rodale’s


Photos: Thomas Macdonald
Originally published in Organic Gardening Magazine, April/May 2014.