Scent Frequency

This winter Mark and I have hosted a book discussion group for our BFA Chapter. The last book we read was Secrets of the Soil : New Solutions for Restoring Our Planet by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. The book shares “innovative, nontraditional” things that “scientists, farmers and mystics” are doing to heal our soil. One of the chapters was about Tuning in to Nature, about frequencies. I was fascinated by the idea of scent having a frequency as I had heard mention of essential oils in farming to repel pests but now there was the idea that scents could encourage growth and development – to feed our crops and heal our soil. So I did some research, and even though I have not been able to put this into practice in my garden yet, I intend to try some of these things in my gardens this year and will report back next winter on how it went. I thought I’d share my findings in case anyone else wants to dabble in something new.

From a 2008 post at
In 1992, it was discovered that therapeutic grade essential oils have a bioelectrical frequency (which they measure in Megahertz or MHz). Bruce Tainio, of Tainio Technology (an independent division of Eastern State University) in Cheney, Washington, created a bio-frequency monitor to determine the relationship between frequency and foods. Then John Hopkins University used his equipment to study the frequency of humans and disease. In their research they found the average frequency of the human body is between 62-68 MHz. Processed or canned foods have a frequency of 0, fresh produce up to 15 MHz, dry herbs from 12-22 MHz, fresh herbs from 20-27 MHz, and essential oil frequencies go up to 320 MHz.
The post goes on to tell more research by other scientists, more info. on specific frequencies of the human body and the effects of changes in those frequencies, and at what frequency certain illnesses and diseases appear.
Please use the link to read the whole post. Very interesting!

From a 2015 article on Osmic Frequencies at
I learned that “After World War I, the chemist Malcolm Dyson was experimenting with mustard oils, adding atoms to different spots on their molecules and smelling the results. At certain positions in the molecule, the extra atoms suddenly changed the smell from mustard to anise. Going down a column of the periodic table, the heavier the atom he added, the stronger the anise smell. Dyson speculated that perhaps there was a molecular vibration that caused the change in smell. Heavier atoms would vibrate at a different frequency than lighter ones. Could it be that the nose isn’t detecting the shape of the molecule, but instead what Dyson called the “osmic frequency” of the molecules?

Everything is constantly vibrating. Atoms jiggle and bounce, animated by thermal energy. The bonds between atoms can bend and vibrate, resonating like plucked strings tuned to the particular strength of the chemical interaction. Every molecule creates a spectrum of vibrations that reflect the combination of the vibrations of all the individual bonds that make up the molecule.

For Dyson, the idea that molecular vibrations might underlie our sense of smell suggested a tantalizing symmetry with our other senses. The rods and cones in our retinas respond to the vibrating wavelengths of light; the hair cells in our ear activate in response to the frequencies of sound waves vibrating in the air. Is smell also a vibrational sense?”
Please use the link to read the article in its entirety. So interesting!

From a 2015 post at
I found a great listing of essential oils that correspond to specific vegetables or fruits. It tells the best way to add the oils to your gardening program, how to dilute and use.

Some are for insect repellent, some for attracting pollinators, and some to kill fungi. I would be VERY careful with this as you do not want to harm the mycorrhizal fungi in your soil, so maybe just do a foliar spray if you have fungus or mildew on your plants.

And finally, at I found a similar list of essential oils and which plants they react best with, but there was also a specific list naming “Insects and Pesky Bugs” and which essential oils repel them. There were also more oils listed to work on mildew and fungus, and there were more suggestions for ways to apply the essential oils other than spraying – you can use cotton balls, hanging strips of cloth, and also soaked string. Very interesting and useful tips!

Wishing all a successful gardening and farming year with minimal pest and pathogen pressure! Please let me know if you use essential oils and share your anecdotes for successful ways to incorporate them into growing healthier crops.

Post by Kris McCue, co-leader, Hartford Area BFA Chapter

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