1. we used to have carpenter ants under our house and coming up through a crack in our garage floor. I used a certain kind of mint extract and they disappeared for good. I wish I could remember the kind of extract. I have been racking my brain because I want to be prepared if it happens again. but it has been many years now and no reoccurance.

  2. Thank you for all the great information. I need to get a rosemary plant to put on my front porch. Mosquitos are abundant in the hotter months.

  3. I love herbs and essential oil. Most of these tips I knew about, others I didn’t. Thanks for sharing!

    You can also make herbal salts and vinegars from fresh herbs. There’s lots of recipes online and on Pinterest.

  4. Thanks for sharing this Brenda. All good information, most I knew nothing about. I like the smell of Rosemary, but had no idea that it repels mosquitoes. I’m going to buy a few small plantings at Menards this week, and place the plantings in a pretty pot on the deck, where we sit often in the evenings. We don’t have many mosquitoes, but can’t wait to see how this works. Hope you are doing well, Hugs from rainy (this week) Wisconsin

  5. I swear by the mint for mice. Years ago we developed a bad mouse problem. I think they came from the pet door. We used traps but the problem was too big for that. I didn’t want to use poison or a pest control service because I’m sensitive to chemicals and we had kids, grandkids and pets in the home.
    It got so bad that all I could smell when I walked in my house was mouse urine and I would just cry. It was just so gross.
    So I did a search online and 2 remedies came up as a good solution. One was mothballs, the other was peppermint.
    I didn’t want my house to smell like mothballs so I gave the peppermint oil a try and it worked! I just waited until I couldn’t smell the peppermint anymore before I changed out the cotton balls.
    It’s been about 7 years and the mice never came back. But if they ever do, I know what to do.
    The only downside is your house smells like Christmas but there are much worse things it could smell like.

  6. Going to sprinkle some mint leaves around my chicken coop. Thanks for this information.

  7. I don’t use herbs around the house for anything other than cooking, but I do use a Vitamin C serum to combat dry skin and treat sores on my legs caused by poor circulation, and it works well – better than other creams I’ve tried. I haven’t been successful yet in growing lavender for more than one season, they die over the harsh winters here even though the varieties I’ve purchased were said to be Zone 5 hearty. Not true! I love lavender sachets. They remind me of my paternal Grandmother and the smell of her country house guest bedroom where I stayed many summer vacations as a child. I love the scent and taste of sage, rosemary and thyme and all three are usually used in some degree when I make a pot roast, a hearty stew or my easy beef burgundy. I didn’t know about the medicinal and disinfecting qualities of many of the herbs we use in cooking, but our female ancestors did. In ancient times, the lady or women of the household kept journals with “receipts” in them for how to use different herbs and a variety of other things, including cob webs, to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. Many of the expensive prescription drugs we used today were based on those ancient “receipts” discovered by enterprising women who were charged with taking care of the health and medical and even dental needs of the household and if they were wealthy land owners, the tenants/workers on the land. We’ve got it easy today – and of course we pay for that convenience too. In a way it’s sad because we’ve lost touch with knowledge we used to have and pass from generation to generation of women.

  8. This is such great information Thank you for sharing Have a great day

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