Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Which Essential Oil Are You Most Thankful For?

By Christi
With all of the recent Facebook posts from friends sharing what they are grateful for; it started me thinking about which essential oils I am particularly thankful for in my life. Of course, I love aromatherapy & most all essential oils, but the one I truly could not live without is Patchouli. It is a staple I’ve worn every day for around 20 years. I never tire of it & find it centers & grounds me in a way that without it, I somehow feel incomplete or not quite put together!

A close second is Sandalwood, although I’ve had to learn to ration it, due to its “precious oil” status. Most recently, the Pinion Pine Essential Oil which Marge shared from her trip to the SouthWest, made a huge impression on me & I believe it is an oil I could live with for the rest of my life.

There is something magical about finding an oil that truly resonates with your spirit & essence. Robbi Zeck captures this general idea in her book, “The Blossoming Heart.” Which oil or oils resonate most with you?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mouse in the House Update

by Christi

Some eight days & twelve eliminated mice later, I finally had a quiet night in my house last night. Of course I live in an old house on the National Historic Register, built in 1918, in one of the only communities of “kit” houses in the South, so it is a challenge to find & fill every little “nook & cranny” that a mouse might be able to use for entry. (Supposedly they can squeeze through an opening the size of a dime.) I also found their entry points UNDER the house with the help of a neighbor & have sealed those off, as well.

Now, the good news regarding the use of Peppermint Essential Oil…I put it on cotton balls & placed them throughout my kitchen cabinets when I initially encountered the problem (day one) & I am pleased to report that no mice got into my cabinets or around my pantry food stored there. Yes, my granola bars had a slight “pepperminty” taste yesterday, but it was well worth it. I know the mice were in my kitchen because one of their entry points I sealed was behind my refrigerator. I found droppings in other areas (yuck, lots of cleaning done!) but NONE in my cabinets, no chewing there, nothing. Although my cabinets close quite tightly, I know mice can find a way to squeeze in just about anywhere, so what a relief!

I used our Peppermint Midwest USA essential oil for the job, although I prefer our English Organic Peppermint for headaches & other purposes. You might note that I’ve read it is best to avoid using the oil around the traps because they might “hide” from traps & go into other areas. So don’t use the Peppermint around traps or areas where you suspect they are frequenting until you get the problem under control. Because I had no evidence of mice in my cabinets, I went ahead & used the Peppermint as a preventive measure, to kind of “stave-off,” the little critters from my all important food supply! You do need to refresh the cotton balls every 2 or 3 weeks. I believe I will use them throughout the cold winter months. If you really dislike Peppermint, you might try Spearmint Essential Oil. It also reportedly can help.

After my experiment, I can conclude it is true what you hear about Peppermint Essential Oil & mice…I don’t think they like it!