Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Essential Oils as Weapon of Choice
Peppermint. Apparently, rodents hate peppermint. Amen, mah bruthas and sistahs!
I procured a vial of pure peppermint essential oil today. I went to the Vitamin Shoppe, where the clerk spoke to all the customers in a near-reverential whisper. It seemed out of place as he sold an enormous bucket of "Mega Bulk-U-Up" to a stringbean teenager in a black Metallica t-shirt. The clerk directed me to their small stock of essential oils, and, of course, the only one they were missing was peppermint. I did buy a box of stevia before I left. I've never used it before, but I've heard really good stuff about it as a sugar replacement. We shall see.
I ended up back at M.O.M. - My Organic Market, which had been out of peppermint oil the previous week. This time, however, they had it. $8 for a tiny vial. It's like crack, apparently. The bottle notes that, as a pick-me-up, you should open the bottle below your nostrils and take a deep breath. Holy crapito, Batman! That's some powerful stink! A good stink, but a stink, nonetheless.
I don't know if you've ever taken a whiff of pure peppermint. It's not exactly the McCormick spices extract version. It's earthier and richer. I liked it, but I can see where rodentia might take offense. I have to mix it in a spray bottle with a small amount of water and then go to town on the kitchen. Hopefully, it will keep the critters away.
There's a whole cottage industry on making peppermint mouse repellent, believe it or not. (Hey, if there's a market for car testicles, there's a market for homemade mouse ass-kicker.) We shall see if it works...