If you’ve ever used essential oils, you know they can be used for a wide range of reasons. Some can be used as healing ointments for burns, rashes, or acne and are applied directly to infected areas on a person’s skin. Others can be used to sooth and relax a person by being diffused. Others still are used in baths to calm or help heal one suffering with sickness. These uses for oils are widely known and used often.
Essential oils have another great use: They can be used for several purposes when it comes to animals, whether they are your household pet or pests you’d rather avoid. Here’s a list of just a few useful ways to utilize these oils in this way.
If you’re looking to get rid of those pesky fleas from your dog’s hair, you can make a natural flea collar with essential oils. All you need is some pennyroyal or tea tree oil, some rope, and a handkerchief. Take whichever oil you choose and dip the entire piece of rope into it, so it is completely wet. Now wrap the rope inside the handkerchief and tie it around your pet’s neck. Easy!
Mice and Spiders
Oh, those not-so-welcome household guests. If you’re having a mice problem, get some peppermint oil. Drop some of the oil onto cotton balls and put them around the house or in the garage, particularly in the problem areas. When it comes to spiders, you should spray peppermint oil on door frames and in the garage.
Flies and Moths
Lavender essential oil is fantastic to have on hand. It has many uses, including soothing and relaxing humans. However, it does not have quite the same effect on flies and moths. In fact, it repels these creatures, which is great for those of us trying to get rid of them in our homes. Sprinkle some lavender oil on your window frames and around the house’s openings to reduce visits from them.
While not quite along the same lines as the other animals listed, fish also react in a certain way to certain oils. Anise oil can be used to catch fish, so if you have a fishing trip coming up, be sure to bring some along! By putting a few drops on your hands, you can cover up your human scent that sometimes warns fish of danger. Give it a try!
Ah, those good ol’ mosquitoes. In order to reduce these creatures, get some citronella oil and put some drops in a candle that has melted wax. You can also put some on hot barbeque coals.
If you love your household pet but are hating the odor it leaves behind, try getting an essential oil that smells good to you. Dip a cotton ball in it and put it in your vacuum cleaner to spread that good scent around, which can help reduce the animal odor.
Hopefully you find these tips helpful and useful. If you are having problems with any of these things, whether they are fleas, fish, or mosquitoes, give these tips a try and see how they work for you!
About the Author: Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health and beauty. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book.