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Let me count the ways I love using essential oils in my home, on my body, and around my herb garden! At the moment, one of the essential oils I am most excited about is peppermint oil, and I have been finding all sorts of cool uses for this new bottle of peppermint essential oil made by Nature’s Truth that I purchased at Walgreens recently. When I asked my friends on Facebook to share their favorite uses for peppermint oil, it amazed me at how useful this essential oil can be!
Some of the ways my Friends are using Peppermint Essential Oil include:
- In a body spray that is applied before working out. And reapplying it on the neck for a cooling feeling while working out.
- Adding peppermint oil to massage oils as it can feel very soothing. (I have also found this to be very true!)
- Rubbing peppermint oil (diluted in a carrier oil) on the temples and neck for relaxation. (2 friends recommended this!)
- Breathing in peppermint oil on a long car ride to feel more grounded and relaxed during travel.
- Dabbing a little diluted peppermint oil under the nose and breathing in the refreshing and stimulating scent.
- For pest control; helping to deter mice, spiders, and other garden pests. (I have found it works really well for this too!)
I know from personal experience that most spiders do not like peppermint oil. I will always remember the first time I sprayed a diluted peppermint oil spray around our bed and in all the corners of our bedroom to see if I could encourage the spiders to move along. And it worked!! But the next day when I went to take a shower I found where all the spiders had run off to, which in the shower in our master bathroom. He, he. So now when I do my routine cleaning, I simply spray a little peppermint oil spray in our bedroom AND our bathroom! Don’t get me wrong, I really do appreciate having daddy long legs in our house, but I honestly like it even better when there aren’t quite soooo many dangling over our bed or in the shower. By using peppermint essential oils in my home cleaning routine I have been able to strike the perfect balance of living in harmony with some spiders in the house, while deterring them away from certain areas.
Below is a photo of me using my homemade peppermint oil pest spray in our guest bedroom, as I prepare the room for my mom, whose going to house-sit for us soon! And I also spray it near the sliding door in our living room. I love the way peppermint oil freshens up a room while also helping to deter spiders and other insects from moving in!
Seeing how well peppermint oil spray worked in our house, I couldn’t resist using it around our edible herbs and the plants in our garden.
So yeah, we have a pretty big problem with garden pests here at our house. One of the worst pests we have are these cute little squirrels that hang out on our porch and sunbathe after they’ve dug up and chomped down on my herb garden. My father-in-law had the best idea, why not put my outdoor kitchen herb garden into bird cages!? Brilliant. So now I’ve got the porch herbs in bird cages to prevent the squirrels from tearing up the dirt and/or eating the plants at the same rate the way they were when they were in the open more accessible herb boxes. After reading that squirrels also don’t like peppermint oil, I’ve started spraying the peppermint oil onto the wood of the open herb boxes too in an attempt to deter them from digging up all my fresh planted seeds!
AND I’ve read that lots of other garden pests don’t like peppermint oil, including: ants, aphids, beetles, flies, moths, and plant lice, hallelujah!
So far I’ve tested the spray around ants, and they instantly went running in the other direction! If you want to actually SPRAY the PLANTS for natural pest control, its recommended only 3 drops of peppermint essential oil per gallon of water. So far I’m only spraying AROUND the plants, like onto the herb boxes, onto the railing under the potted herbs, and onto the raised planter boxes in our greenhouse, as pictured below. So far, so good. I will be sure to keep you updated as I use essential oils more and more in our organic garden!
Below is a photo of where I purchased my bottle of Nature’s Truth Peppermint Essential Oil at Walgreens, which was in the Vitamins and Supplements aisle right by the Pharmacy. I also bought a bottle of Nature’s Truth Sweet Almond Oil to use as a carrier oil for massaging the peppermint essential oil into my sore muscles after a day of gardening! It’s recommended to use 5 drops of essential oil to 10ml of base oil, like this sweet almond oil.
Peppermint Essential Oil for Pest Control and Gardening
- 12 to 16 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 spray bottle
Add peppermint essential oil and water to a spray bottle.
Shake. Spray in bedrooms and bathroom after cleaning.
Spray near corners, doorways and windows to discourage spiders, flies, and other insects. Spray onto planter boxes "around" plants. If you want to spray onto the plants use only 3 drops peppermint oil to 1 gallon of water.
Reapply weekly, or as needed.
I am continually amazed and excited by the endless uses one can use essentials oils for in their home! Find out more about Nature’s Truth Essential Oils on their website, or get connected with Nature’s Truth on Facebook and Pinterest!
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