I don’t like spiders. Actually, it’s their spiderwebs that I can’t stand. I don’t like them outside much less inside my house. Diatomaceous earth has worked really well for me in keeping the spider population from invading my house. But, since I’ve learned about essential oils, I’ve also found that certain essential oils are just as good at keeping spiders at bay and out of the house.
How to Use Peppermint Essential Oil to Get Rid of Spiders
I like this video and I like how Lydia Senn explains it. (Check out her YouTube channel if you like it too.)
Here’s what you need and what to do.
- Spray bottle (preferably glass because it’s safe to use with essential oils; plastics tend to melt)
- Peppermint oil
- Dish soap or castile soap
- Fill spray bottle with 2 cups of water
- Add 1 teaspoon of dish soap or castile soap
- Add 4-6 drops of peppermint oil
- Shake and spray
The dish soap is added to help the peppermint oil to spread itself out evenly.
Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.
Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.
For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.
Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.
Recommended Essential Oil Brands
Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.
The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these: