Healthy home

Spring is here! It’s time to prepare for summer.

Our house is surrounded by ants nests. We don’t mind the little blithers, but we don’t want them in our home either.

Last year we did lots of research on natural and essential oil recipes. Some worked better than others. There are three to that were outstanding to manage our neighbours the ants: ant powder to spread as a barrier to the front garden, and a couple of sprays for inside habitable areas. One is ready made, which is great, but not as much fun obviously since the whole point was to have a “useful activity”.

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Ant 🐜 powder

Ingredients

1kg cinnamon powder

500ml Epsom salts

200g talcum powder

50drops YL* peppermint essential oil

*these are pure and non-toxic (most essential oils are not suitable for skin application or let alone ingestion, therefore not recommended around children and animals). They also take very little to be effective. Other brands will differ.

Wear gloves or use a spoon.

Blend the powders, add the essential oils, mix some more.

Spread in the desired areas.

We made a physical barrier in our border (it was the kids’ project) and it worked well.

Ant 🐜 spray

Young Living’s Thieves mix and house cleaner (go to products, search “Thieves”) work wonders, but they’re not as much fun, especially when we want to have a “useful activity”.

Homemade ant spray

In a glass spray bottle (essential oils will degrade most plastics), add and shake:

1/4 cup purified water or boiled water, salted

1/4 cup vodka to suspend the oil in water

15d peppermint essential oil

15d tea tree oil EO

7d of citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit etc…) EO

3d cinnamon EO

Spray where needed.

Happy making!

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