"Nature's Collaboration: Beetle and Echinacea in Symbiotic Dance"

Creating a Natural Haven: Gardening, Bug Spray, and Nurturing Beauty

In today's fast-paced world, finding ways to embrace natural living is more important than ever. 

We all strive for a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle that aligns with our values. Our brand “Me And A aTree” is not just about skincare; it's about fostering a deep connection with nature and living in harmony with it. Join us as we dive into the realms of gardening, bug spray, and nurturing beauty—the perfect blend of science, nature, and creativity.

"Stay Protected: Me and a Tree Bug Off Spray Keeps Bugs Away"

Bug Off Spray
- Embrace Nature's Protection. Picture this: a warm summer evening, the aroma of grilled food wafting through the air, and the company of friends and loved ones. The only thing that can ruin this idyllic scenario is the intrusion of pesky bugs. That's where our Bug Off! Spray comes to the rescue! 

We understand the importance of effective bug control without resorting to harmful chemicals. Our Bug Off! Spray is meticulously crafted with a proprietary blend of 22 essential oils and natural ingredients that act as a natural shield against unwanted pests. But don't just take our word for it. Our customers have taken it to the most bug-infested places, from the Amazon to the Everglades, and it never fails to keep those bothersome mosquitoes at bay. Read Testimonials here...

Indulge in the joy of outdoor gatherings with friends, savoring delicious meals and treats without the unwelcome presence of buzzing nuisances. Our Bug Off Spray creates a protective shield against mosquitoes and other pesky insects like house (and bot) flies, including fruit flies and no see-ums.

Imagine the laughter and conversations flowing freely, undisturbed by the constant need to swat away bothersome bugs. Our Bug Off Spray is your secret weapon, allowing you to bask in the warmth of outdoor gatherings while keeping the environment unharmed. Embrace the pleasure of shared meals and precious moments with loved ones, surrounded by nature's beauty, and let our Bug Off Spray be your trusted companion in creating unforgettable memories.

Natural Bug Off Bug Spray and Environmentally Friendly Out Door Must Haves

But what sets our Bug Off Spray apart? It's not just its effectiveness; it's the natural, biodegradable formula that makes it safe for you and the planet. We never test on animals because we believe in cruelty-free solutions. Our Bug Off Spray is a testament to our commitment to providing products that are kind to both your skin and the environment. As you explore our website, you'll find numerous glowing reviews from satisfied customers. These testimonials speak volumes about the reliability and efficacy of our Bug Off Spray & Gift Sets. We encourage you to try it for yourself and experience bug-free bliss.

 Organic Gardening: Nurturing Your Garden Naturally

Nurturing Your Garden Naturally 

At Me and a Tree, we believe that the true essence of natural living lies in nurturing our gardens with care and without the use of harmful chemicals like Glyphosate which is known to cause cancer and destroy beneficial bugs. Our commitment to organic gardening and permaculture principles has allowed us to create a thriving haven right in our backyard.

Step into our garden, and you'll find many different flourishing plants. From vibrant red tomatoes to fragrant herbs, we aim to cultivate a diverse range of species that coexist harmoniously. A natural garden is a testament to the power of companion planting and strategic placement. By carefully selecting plants that complement and protect one another, all can create a natural defense system against pests.

One of the most common challenges in gardening is combating the dreaded Japanese beetle. These voracious pests can wreak havoc on your plants, defoliating them in no time. But fear not, for we have discovered effective ways to keep these beetles at bay. Regular checks of our garden, diligent removal (with water and soap) of beetles, and dusting with crushed limestone have proven to be effective deterrents. By incorporating natural solutions into our gardening practices, we can enjoy healthy, thriving plants without resorting to harmful chemicals. 

Aphids, those tiny nuisances that can quickly multiply and damage your plants, are another challenge we face. Rather than reaching for chemical sprays, we prefer a hands-on approach. By encouraging beneficial insects, they handle the tedious job. Picking off a few aphids from our tomato plants takes no time and sliding fingers up and down the stalk and dousing with diluted dish soap and water helps keeps them in check and also gives us an opportunity to spend quality time in the garden.

Overabundance of aphids warns that something is imbalanced in the soil. Bugs tell us many important things. Sometimes water, nutrients, fertilizer, and a good pH check is all that's needed to fix the bug problem. Spending a few moments checking plants gives one a chance to connect with nature and observe the intricate web of life unfolding before our eyes.

In our pursuit of gardening naturally, we've discovered the power of simple ingredients readily available in our kitchens. A mixture of dish soap and water with a little bit of neem oil has proven effective in controlling a range of pests, including aphids, mites, and whiteflies. We believe that the beauty of gardening lies in finding sustainable, eco-friendly solutions that nurture both plants and the environment.

But it's not just about warding off pests; it's also about embracing the wonders of nature and the vital role that pollinators (certain bugs) play in our garden's success. We have strategically planted flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinating beetles and bugs.  The sight of a bee rolling around in the purple pollen of our marshmallow blooms is not just awe-inspiring and adorable; it's a reminder of the essential role these creatures play in the pollination process.

Nature's Collaboration: Bug Assisting in Flower Pollination

Celebrating the Beauty of Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

In our garden, we embrace the presence of pollinators and beneficial insects as integral parts of our ecosystem. They are not just visitors; they are essential partners in the success of our plants. Welcoming these winged wonders brings a sense of balance and harmony to our garden, doing the hard work that would take us forever to do thus cutting down on garden work!

Bees, in particular, are like tiny little superheroes, tirelessly working to pollinate our flowers and ensure the reproduction of our plants. Watching a bee flit from blossom to blossom, collecting nectar and spreading pollen, is a mesmerizing sight. It reminds us of the intricate dance of nature and the interconnectedness of all living beings.  

But it's not just the bees that we celebrate; there are a plethora of other beneficial insects that lend a helping hand. Pollinating beetles, ladybugs, soldier beetles, lacewings, and praying mantises are just a few examples. These remarkable creatures feed on garden pests like aphids, mites, and caterpillars, keeping their populations in check naturally without the use of chemicals. 

By creating an inviting environment for pollinators and beneficial insects, we've witnessed firsthand how they contribute to the health and vibrancy of our garden. It's a delicate balance, and we take pride in fostering an ecosystem where both plants and insects thrive together naturally. 

Companion planting plays a crucial role in attracting and supporting these incredible creatures. A sustainable garden is adorned with a tapestry of colors and scents, including flowers like African marigolds, echinacea, geranium, and marshmallow, which entice pollinators with their nectar-rich blooms, while the herbs like mint, oregano and thyme and certain flowers stave off the aphids and beetles. These flowers and plants not only add beauty and purpose to our garden but also act as natural pest deterrents, reducing the need for chemical interventions.





As we enjoy looking at all the colors of our garden, we witness the fascinating interactions between flowers, plants, and insects. Take for instance the orange and black margin-leathered wing beetle (see video below I captured) pollinating and hanging around our plants going from echinacea to echinacea flower, gently sipping nectar and eating pests while unwittingly aiding in the pollination process. These moments remind us of the importance of preserving and nurturing the delicate balance of nature. This little beneficial beetle helps pollinate and grow my garden without me doing anything but providing some flowers for him to enjoy!


This is why it's so important to learn how to combine the knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices without resorting to using chemicals to keep bugs at bay because there will always be a trade-off. One is that you never learn how to truly live naturally, and another is that we are harming our gardens and environment and will have to work harder the following years. Bee's are struggling to survive as it is and that means all bugs are effected when we take short cuts by using harmful chemicals. 

In our commitment to sustainable gardening, we avoid the use of pesticides and herbicides that harm not only pests but also beneficial insects. We believe in the power of observation, education, prevention, and natural solutions and remedies to maintain a thriving garden. It's a journey of learning, adapting, and coexisting with the natural world around us, and it's not as hard as people think. It's a lot easier to educate oneself than seeing crops and hard work fail, and they will in one way or another when depending on chemicals. If you want to spend less time working in your garden and more time enjoying it - then I invite you to think about more natural ways to help you and your garden thrive. Embrace organic gardening and don't believe the hype of chemicals coming to your rescue—they come at a huge cost.

Please read the research that supports the findings that Glyphosate used as a common weed killer, implicated in causing Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma." Here's the full article talking about the problems with Glyphosate and Cancer in general and here's a direct quote from "The Environmental Working Group Website."

Scientific Studies on Glyphosate & Cancer.

"In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, or IARC – an arm of the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.  The 17-member panel of scientists reviewed almost 1,000 peer-reviewed, published studies on the potential carcinogenicity of the chemical glyphosate. In April 2019, the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released an analysis that gave weight to studies connecting glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and recommended monitoring children’s exposure to this toxic weedkiller."

What's more concerning is that in the article above it talks about how 80% of people were found to have this chemical inside our own body and that means me and you too. Evidently it is also used as a desiccant (used to dry up the oats and grains) so they don't mold likely. Eat organic or grow your own food if possible is my advice. Start slow and learn. You will be making an investment in your own health and that of your friends and family. Start with sprouting on your counter. It's an easy great help to you health! I included a hyperlink on a blog about sprouting above or click here

Natural Sun Protection: Me and a Tree Unscented Sunscreen, a Skin-Friendly Option

Embracing Nature's Bounty: Me and a Tree Products for Nurturing Beauty

While our passion for gardening and fostering a connection with nature is at the core of Me and a Tree, we also offer a range of products designed to enhance and nurture your natural beauty. These products, handcrafted with the finest organic and natural plant-based ingredients, embody our commitment to clean, sustainable skincare.

Indulge in Summer: Me and a Tree Summer Passion Scented Sunscreen for a Tropical Escape

Let's start with our Summer Passion Natural Sunscreen. As we enjoy the warmth of the sun, it's crucial to protect our skin from harmful UV rays. Our Summer Passion Natural Sunscreen, with its SPF 30, is a luxurious blend formulated with ingredients like zinc oxide, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil. This reef-safe sunscreen provides broad-spectrum sun protection while keeping your skin nourished and hydrated.


Nourish Your Skin with Me and a Tree Lavender Vanilla Lotion, Soothing Aromatherapy


For those seeking a soothing and softening lotion, our Lavender Vanilla Hand and Body Lotion is a must-try. Crafted with care, this premium lotion combines the calming aroma of lavender with the richness of organic and natural plant extracts. Ingredients like horsetail plant and grapeseed oil work together to improve skin elasticity and provide deep hydration. With its lightweight formula, it's the perfect daily moisturizer for your body, leaving your skin feeling velvety smooth.

When it comes to facial skincare, we have you covered with our Daytime and Nighttime Face Creams.  The Bright Eyes and Face Unisex Day Cream is a botanical marvel. It offers broad-spectrum sun protection with zinc oxide while infusing your skin with a luxurious blend of carrot seed oil, tamanu, almond oil, borage oil, and rose hydrosol. This day cream nourishes and protects your skin from age spots & sun damage ensuring a radiant complexion as you face the day.

For nighttime rejuvenation, our Monoi De Tiare Natural Face Cream is a simple true delight. With a hand-blended formula containing Monoi, jojoba, and Damascus rose, this luxurious night cream nourishes and hydrates all skin types. As you apply it before bedtime, it works its quiet miracle, revitalizing your skin and leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed in the morning.


Outdoor Bug Defense: Me and a Tree Bug Off Spray, Enjoy Nature Unbothered


Bug Off Naturally: Me and a Tree's Solution to Pesky Insects

Our Bug Off Spray and Tick Shield Balm is a testament to the effectiveness of natural ingredients. It's not just for mosquitoes; it works wonders in repelling other annoying flies as well, including fruit flies. While fruit flies may not bite and sting like mosquitoes, they can still be a nuisance during outdoor gatherings and gardening sessions.

Living in rural Tennessee, we understand the challenges of dealing with flies, biting flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects without the common practice of citywide spraying programs. We have firsthand experience with horse flies, deer flies, and the iridescent bot flies (house flies) that are part of country living. But fear not, our Bug Off Spray and Tick Shield repellent together has proven to be a reliable companion in keeping these pesky creatures at bay and your family and friends enjoying more outdoor activities together unbothered.

Me and a Tree Natural Soap Collection: Nourishing and Artisanal Handcrafted Soaps

When you choose our Bug Off Spray and Tick Shield, you're not only investing in a specific product; you're supporting a brand dedicated to sustainable living education and eco-friendly solutions. We take pride in creating products that are never tested on animals and are crafted with the utmost care and expertise.

Explore our website and discover the range of products we offer, from our luxurious soaps and moisturizers to our natural bug spray. You'll find a selection crafted with love and a deep understanding of the power of nature. Together, let's embrace the beauty of natural living, nurture our gardens, and enjoy the great outdoors without compromise.

Cultivating a Thriving Garden: Our Secrets to Natural and Organic Growing


[VIDEO By Michelle: A Margined Leatherwing Soldier Beetle: A Beneficial Garden Visitor!]


Video of Soldier Beetle On Echinacea Flower Taken by: Michelle Touchstone.
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At Me and a Tree, we believe that the true beauty of a garden lies in its ability to thrive without the use of harmful chemicals. We have cultivated a garden that not only flourishes but also invites a multitude of beneficial insects and pollinators like the one you see above. Let us share our secrets to natural and organic growing so that you too can create a vibrant, pesticide-free haven.


Ladybug on Plant: Nature's Pest Control in Action

LadyBug visiting our organic garden. 

Companion planting is at the heart of our gardening philosophy. By strategically pairing plants, we create a symbiotic relationship that deters pests and attracts beneficial insects. Marigolds, for example, not only add a burst of vibrant color but also repel nematodes, ticks, and other harmful pests. Their vibrant blooms act as beacons, inviting pollinators to visit and aid in the process of fertilization while keeping disease-carrying ticks away.

In our garden, you'll find a diverse array of plants, carefully selected to promote harmony and balance. Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and squash thrive alongside aromatic herbs like oregano, thyme, and spearmint. I also planted some Jerusalem Artichokes as a sacrificial plant and it did a wonderful job of hosting the Japanese beetle. They mostly went to that plant and stayed away from my other plants. The foliage of that particular plant is also tough enough to deal with them with the help of my crushed lime as a deterrent. Echinacea and bee balm add a touch of wild beauty while stinging nettles contribute to our herbal repertoire. French lavender, with its delicate fragrance, creates an enchanting atmosphere that also deters bugs and mosquitoes.

But how do we keep pests at bay without resorting to chemical pesticides? Observation is key. Regular checks of our plants allow us to identify potential threats early on. Bugs tell us secrets about our soil and if it's balanced or not so we listen to the garden. If we spot some aphids on our tomatoes, we take immediate action by amending the soil with more rich soil and nutrients as well as by sliding our fingers up and down the stalk (killing the aphids) while finishing off with soapy water and then dusting the plant (once it dries) with a little bit of lime on leaves and at the base of the plant. It's not just a means of pest control; it's an opportunity to connect with nature and spend quality time in our beloved garden.


I learn my bugs while I am out there, and it relaxes me to spend time learning and protecting my garden. It doesn't take a long time either. It's therapeutic and healing. Listen to what your garden is whispering to you through the bug life you encounter. It's communicating something important. A healthy vibrant garden can be had with these tips I discussed and will share more below. 


To tackle the challenge of Japanese beetles, we employ natural deterrents. Strategic placement of herbs and flowers (companion planting) along with crushed limestone sprinkled around the affected plants acts as a barrier, deterring these voracious pests. For other garden issues, such as mites and whiteflies, we turn to natural remedies like neem oil with soapy water. These gentle yet effective solutions keep our plants healthy and thriving.


Maintaining healthy soil is another essential aspect of our organic gardening practices. We create our soil blends, incorporating compost, vermiculite, and perlite for optimal nutrient balance. By feeding the soil, we provide our plants with the foundation they need to flourish. It's a testament to the fact that healthy soil leads to healthy plants. Using natural fertilizers can be helpful but I have found that fully composted scraps and worm castings are the best along with mushroom compost too. 

Start simple and go from there. Your local nursery should have inexpensive potting soil. Any soil will do as long as it has the OMRI CERTIFICATION logo somewhere on the bag (usually on the bottom front corner or back). 
The OMRI Listed® seal assures the suitability of products for certified organic gardening production. It's my choice. You can choose regular soil if need be but it may have chemicals.


As we tend to our garden, we also celebrate the presence of insects and pollinators. We welcome many species of bees, butterflies, and beetles, recognizing their vital role in the pollination process. We capture these moments of beauty through photographs and videos, capturing a glimpse of the intricate web of life that unfolds within our garden's boundaries.


 Me and a Tree Natural Skincare and Bug Repellent Gift Set: Bug Off Spray, Sunscreen, and Lemongrass Clay Bar


In embracing natural and organic growing methods, we strive to create a microclimate that nurtures life. Our garden is not just a collection of plants; it's a thriving ecosystem teeming with biodiversity. We encourage you to embark on your journey of organic gardening, experiencing the joy of nurturing plants and witnessing the wonders of nature firsthand.


Discover the Me and a Tree Experience

At Me and a Tree, our mission is to provide you with more than just skincare and gardening articles. We aim to offer an experience that leaves a lasting impression, one that makes you feel informed, inspired, and connected to the natural world around you.


As you explore our website, you'll find an array of beautifully handcrafted soaps and face and body care options that are a testament to our commitment to creativity, quality and sustainability. Each bar is carefully made using organic, wildcrafted, and natural ingredients, such as cold-pressed olive fruit oil, organic and sustainable coconut oil, raw shea butter, and a variety of pure organic essential oils. Our Dead Sea Mud Mask Soap combines the benefits of a mask and a soap, providing a spa-like experience while cleansing and nourishing your skin.

 Image of Dead Sea Mud Face Bar Mask Soap: Purifying and Nourishing Skincare

The Poppy Love Clay Detox Bar below is another favorite among our customers. Crafted with love, this luxurious soap features a blend of red and white clay and poppy seeds, providing a gentle exfoliating scrub that helps break down makeup residue, unclog pores, and will leave your skin feeling refreshed and revitalized. It smells like a delicate perfume and is a wonderful introduction bar for someone new to more natural scents. Phthalate-free and more on the commercial scented side. 

 Image of Poppy Love Clay Bar Soap: Exfoliating and Refreshing Skincare

Our soap collection extends beyond these highlights, encompassing a wide range of clays and essential oil benefits. From the invigorating scents of Eucalyptus & Himalayan Sea Salt Bar Soap to the soothing properties of High Altitude French Lavender Essential Oil Bar Soap, there's a soap for every preference and skincare need. Our base formula has benefit thousands of people with acne, rosacea and eczema related issues.

 Image of Eucalyptus Himalayan Sea Salt Bar Soap: Invigorating and Refreshing Skincare

We also offer all-in-one soap sets, perfect for gifting or treating yourself, a loved one or even a work associate. Our Antibacterial Soap Gift Set combines the power of natural ingredients with the convenience of an aromatherapy experience. Essential oils and high quality base oils with clays and botanicals help calm and sooth body and mind. Gift packages are a great way to experience the diverse offerings of Me and a Tree, while supporting small business and natural living.

 Me and a Tree Antibacterial Soap Gift Set: Pure Essential Oils and Natural Antibacterial Properties for Luxurious Self-Care

Me and a Tree is much more than just a soap company. It's a lifestyle, a commitment to holistic well-being. We invite you to delve deeper into our website and explore our range of products, from moisturizers to natural organic bug sprays. Each item is thoughtfully formulated, designed to nurture and protect your skin while respecting the environment.


Me and a Tree offers personalized herbalist services to support your holistic well-being in addition to our exceptional products.

As a Master Herbalist, I am dedicated to addressing your specific health concerns, whether it's hormone health, anxiety, or skin issues. We provide tailored solutions through customized tinctures and herbal tea combinations that promote balance and vitality. If you have a few questions or need quick guidance, our 15-minute consult is perfect for you. For a more comprehensive and immersive experience, our 1-hour consult includes a detailed background assessment, in-depth discussion, and a personalized wellness protocol encompassing diet, herbs, research, and considerations for any potential drug interactions. With our full consult, you'll receive ongoing support and follow-up, ensuring a comprehensive and customized approach to your well-being. Take the next step on your journey to holistic wellness and book your consult with us today. Contact us at info@meandatree.com. 


As you engage with Me and a Tree, remember that our brand is not just about selling products; it's about fostering a sense of connection and empowerment. We want to be your trusted partner in creating a lifestyle that celebrates nature, nourishes your body, and supports your well-being.


So, take a moment to visit our website, peruse our products, and explore the wealth of knowledge we share through our articles and blogs. Join us in embracing the beauty of natural living, cultivating your thriving garden, and enjoying the outdoors without compromise. Together, let's embark on a journey toward a more sustainable, vibrant, and fulfilling life. Welcome to the Me and a Tree experience.


Embrace Nature, Embrace Me and a Tree. As you explore our website, you'll discover a range of products that reflect our commitment to quality and sustainability. From our Summer Passion Natural Sunscreen to our Lavender Vanilla Hand and Body Softening Lotion, each item is meticulously handcrafted using the finest organic and natural plant-based ingredients. Our formulas are designed to nourish and protect your skin while also being eco-friendly and cruelty-free.



We encourage you to engage with us, ask questions, and share your experiences. Follow us on social media, sign up for our newsletter, and stay connected with the latest updates, tips, and promotions. We are here to support you every step of the way.

Remember, our commitment to you goes beyond the transaction. We are here to educate, inspire, and empower you to make conscious choices that align with your values. Together, we can create a world where natural beauty, sustainability, and holistic well-being thrive.


Me and a Tree Bloom Soy Candle - Sun meets Citrus, Violet Lime, and Blossom Flower Aromatherapy"

As you explore our website, you'll discover a wealth of resources to enhance your journey. From informative articles, to beautifully scented aromatherapy Bloom Soy Candles  (and other scents) to blog posts and recipes- we aim to empower you with the knowledge and tools to make conscious choices for yourself and the environment.

Whether you're starting your own garden, seeking effective bug repellents, or looking for luxurious skincare products, Me and a Tree is here to guide and support you every step of the way. Our commitment to quality, sustainability, and your satisfaction is unwavering.

Thank you for being a part of our journey. We look forward to serving you with our exceptional products, expert knowledge, and unwavering commitment to your satisfaction.


Bee Beautiful! Naturally! 
-Me and a Tree




    1. De Roos et al., 2003:

      • This study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, found an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) associated with glyphosate exposure among male farmers. The research indicated a positive exposure-response relationship, suggesting that the risk of NHL increased with higher levels of glyphosate exposure. You can access the study here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12673637/
    2. Schinasi and Leon, 2014:

      • This meta-analysis, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, analyzed the existing epidemiological research on glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The study concluded that there was a suggestive link between glyphosate exposure and an increased risk of NHL. The research can be found here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24762670/
    3. Andreotti et al., 2018:

      • This study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, analyzed data from the Agricultural Health Study mentioned earlier. While it did not find an overall increased risk of cancer with glyphosate exposure, it reported an increased risk of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) associated with high levels of exposure. The study can be accessed here: https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article/110/5/509/4590283


    1. CDC finds toxic weedkiller in 87 percent of children tested 
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