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MY PLACE SMELLS LIKE A LEMON-DROP

Actually, all I did to get rid of the ants (last post) was wipe down the window sill they came in from, and the air-conditioner cord they walked down on with white vinegar. I mean, I have the white vinegar in my cleaning bucket, and I figured I would see how minimalist I could go and still get away with it. It worked for a month or so… that post was in May.
Nevertheless, about 3 days ago, the ants were back. I threw vinegar on them. I wiped down with vinegar again, but I guess they thought it was salad dressing or something.
So, today, I went out to the hardware store and bought a plastic spray container (too bad that store chain doesn’t have an affiliate program, because I am very impressed with this bottle… The beauty of this baby is that it has measurement markings on the side so I don’t have to get out measuring cups and all that. Plus,the sprayer thing even fits on my favorite water brand’s bottle. Am I going to see if they sell the sprayer separately? You bet!)

So, anyway, the  ants were back, so this called for more muscle.  I looked in my essential oil box and my hand fell first on the lemon oil. Especially good since that is the EO I have the most of.

I made my spray of:
1/2 C water
1/2 C white vinegar
40 drops lemon EO

I shook the bottle, and advanced on the ants’ marching line. Yes, they do go marching one by one. Until they die.

Right now, I am feeling very medieval. I am leaving the bodies of the dead lying around, so that the invaders can see how I deal with intruders and marauders. (Okay, I’ll vacuum later)

Meanwhile, my place smells like a lemon-drop.

ADIOS ANTS! DIY Ant Spray

There they were: a small army of ants, marching across my window sill from the window to the wall.  (This is the first time I’ve ever had to deal with ants!  I guess I’ve been lucky before, considering all the places I’ve lived).  

So, I started thinking about a way to make them not be there that did not involve a shoe or a store-bought spray.  Today, I live ant-free.

DIY ANT SPRAY
Kills and repels ants on all types of surfaces, leaves little residue.

2 C white (distilled) vinegar
2 C water
3 T Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap (or any dish detergent that suits your fancy)
3 T table salt

Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into a spray bottle.

Shake before each use.
Thoroughly spray the entire area where ants are, as well as their trail. The ants will die.
Once the ants are dead, use a paper towel to wipe off the sprayed area to remove any residue (and deceased ants). The detergent and vinegar smell will repel ants from the sprayed area.

It is said that the soap makes the spray stick to the ants, thereby increasing the effectiveness of this spray.

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Oh, I just can’t stop with one remedy! Here are some others.

VINEGAR AND WATER DIY ANT SPRAY
1 C white (distilled) vinegar
1 C water

Combine water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
Spray on ants anywhere. Use a paper towel to wipe away residue (and deceased ants).

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ESSENTIAL OIL AND VINEGAR DIY ANT SPRAY
Essential oils that will kill ants on contact include clove, lemon, peppermint, and tea tree.
40 drops, clove, lemon, peppermint, or tea tree EO
1/2 C distilled white vinegar
1/2 C water

Mix in a spray bottle.
To use, shake the bottled mixture, then spray on the ants (they will die). Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.

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ALL ESSENTIAL OIL DIY ANT SPRAY
1/2 cup of water
15 drops lemon EO
30 drops peppermint EO
30 drops tea tree oil EO*

Combine in a spray bottle.
To use, shake the bottled mixture, then spray on the ants (they will die). Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.
*NOTE: Do not use tea tree oil on surfaces used for food preparation. Instead, use:
30 drops peppermint EO
15 drops lemon EO
1/2 C water

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CASTILE SOAP SPRAY:
1/4 C liquid castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)*
20 drops of peppermint oil
1 qt water

Mix in a spray bottle. Shake bottle and spray liquid on the ants to kill them. Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.
*NOTE: you can also grate 1/4 cup-worth of a bar of castile soap, and mix it in thoroughly with the liquids, until it dissolves.

WARTS: FOUR THIEVES TO THE RESCUE

I’ve had this recurring wart on my finger for years. It comes; I go to the dermatologist; he freezes it off; I am wart free for a while; and, then, in the twinkling of an eye, it’s back right where it was before.

This time, I have done some research on natural wart removal methods. So many ideas have been listed on the Internet.

In addition to the duct tape, garlic, banana peel, and apple cider vinegar methods I found, hypnotherapy  was mentioned as a potentially successful method (How come I didn’t know that?)

I decided that I would try essential oils. I have read that clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, lemon, lemon grass, oregano, peppermint, tea tree, and thyme essential oils are good for removing warts. I have all of those in my stash. The basic method for essential oils is to choose your combination, mix, put some drops on a cotton ball, tape it onto the wart with a bandaid or duct tape, and wait.

Then, the other day, I remembered that I had a little vial of Four Thieves Oil in my handbag, to use for eczema itching or whatever else comes up.  I was at work and I just took out the bottle, rubbed some on the wart, which was bothering me at the time, and went on about my business. I figured the Four Thieves would at least sedate the wart.  Surprisingly, the next day, the wart was hanging off, partially detached. I pulled it off because it was bothering me. It left a little red hole, but there was no discomfort. That was two days ago. I’m waiting and watching, but, right now, it just looks like a small skin scratch (a whole lot more attractive than a wart). I’m happy.

These are my two recipes for Four Thieves oil:

FOUR THIEVES OIL
1 part eucalyptus
1 part rosemary
1 part cinnamon
1 part clove
1 part lemon
Carrier oil (olive, jojoba, or your choice)
Mix

I put 50 drops of each oil in a 2 oz. bottle and then top it off with jojoba oil (I like jojoba oil because it seems to never go rancid).

An alternative recipe:
200 drops Clove Bud Oil
175 drops Lemon Oil
100 drops Cinnamon Oil
75 drops Eucalyptus Oil
50 drops Rosemary

Mix with jojoba oil.

Although my recipes include jojoba oil, I must confess that, when I make up a vial for carrying around, I just use the essential oil mix straight with no carrier oil. I use Four Thieves a lot, hence it is always in my bag. If you use it without a carrier oil, it might well sting quite a bit, but, in my case, if I’m using it to stop a major discomfort, like what you get with shingles or eczema, I know the sting is going to go away, and, with is going to go that discomfort I was feeling. Your mileage may vary. You can always try the Four Thieves straight,  and then add a carrier if the sting is worse than what you are using Four Thieves to stop.
 

TWO GOOD SITES FOR ESSENTIAL OIL/AROMATHERAPY INFO

Here are two good sites for aromatherapy/essential oil info.  

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Complete_Guide_to_Essential_Oils

http://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/essentialoilsguide.asp

CONTAINER SUPPLIERS

If you are making your own products, eventually, or right now, you will find that you need to get containers….

You can save empty containers that once contained something else….

If you scour discount stores and craft stores, you may find containers that will do, or are even perfect…….

BUT eventually, you will probably need more containers.... or you will want containers of a specific size or application.

 CONTAINER SUPPLIERS THAT I HAVE SEEN RECOMMENDED OVER TIME (they go in order by the frequency of mention)

http://www.sks-bottle.com/
http://www.containerandpackaging.com
http://www.sunburstbottle.com
http://www.specialtybottle.com
http://www.essentialsupplies.com