Peppermint Patty Knew Her Stuff

Peppermint is probably the second essential oil I would buy if I were starting my essential oil collection. It has many wonderful properties, not to mention a smell that conjures up thoughts of candy canes, warm cozy fires and hot chocolate!

Here are my top 4 reasons you should have peppermint essential oil in your home.

  1. It repels spiders and rodents.
  2. It repels fleas, too!
  3. It helps relieve congestion and coughs.
  4. It helps relieve headaches.

And here are my top 4 ways to use peppermint in your home:

Make your own spider and flea repellent spray.

Put 8-10 drops of peppermint oil into a spray bottle and top it off with some water, preferably distilled. Spray around doorways, windows and baseboards and allow to dry. I do this the day after I notice a spider bite on myself, Prince Charming or our daughter, Sleeping Beauty. This spray can also be used on dog beds to repel fleas.

{On a side note: I like to spray the house down and then leave for a little bit and allow the strong menthol smell to dissipate a bit. I haven’t done much research on it, but I don’t like my 15-month-old breathing in strong menthol vapors.}

Our dog, Brutus, is not fond of his baths!

Make your own flea-repelling dog shampoo.

Put 8-10 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle. Add 1/4 cup of castile soap and top off with water. Hose your dog down. Spray on the shampoo, lather him up and rinse him off.

Make a steam inhalation treatment for congestion and coughs.

In a big bowl of steaming hot water, drop in 1-2 drops of peppermint oil. Cover your head with a towel, and breathe in the menthol vapors. This will help clear up congestion by loosening up mucus.

Make your own headache relief.

Mix 2-3 drops of peppermint oil with 1/2 cup of olive oil (whatever you have in the pantry). Massage this on your neck and temples.

I hope you enjoy your peppermint journey!

And PS – Empty spray bottles are my best friend! My favorite ones are the 28 oz bottles at the  Dollar Tree.

 

 

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