We’ll be taking a look at the use of different essential oils for dust mites. The more options you have at your disposal the better.
Dust mites are unlike a lot of other pests because they’re microscopic as such, difficult to see.
However, they create all sorts of problems for humans which are mostly allergen-related. These arthropods cannot be eliminated, however; limiting their presence will do a lot of good.
Here, we’re looking at natural, yet effective methods of ridding your home of dust mites. Essential oils are under focus as they provide significant relief from dust mite issues.
Essential Oil Dust Mite Control: Carrier Oils
Before we get into details about essentials used for dust-mite prevention, it’s necessary to state the need for carrier oils. These are basically used to reduce the strength or dilute essential oils.
The reason for this is simple; concentrated essential oils can easily irritate the skin when applied directly.
In most cases, you’ll either find carrier oils unscented (most of the time) or lightly scented. The good thing with such oils (carrier oils) is that they won’t neutralize or interfere with the natural properties of essential oils.
Popular carrier oils include sunflower oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, and black seed oil. Others include rosehip oil, argan, olive oil, sweet almond oil, and apricot oil.
Are There Risks Associated With Essential Oil Use?
Essential oils are mostly safe when used for pest control as well as for other purposes. However, there are clear risks associated with its use especially when not used properly.
Certain safety measures must be followed that include choosing reliable sources for your essential oils. Never apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin, and such oils shouldn’t be ingested.
What more? The use of essential oils by kids and pregnant women isn’t advisable without professional guidance. When using essential oils for your dust mite problem, complications might arise.
You might notice skin irritations or other forms of such irritations.
When you do, it’s important to discontinue its use and seek medical help immediately. When applying onto skin to ward-off dust mites, it’s important to perform a skin test over a smaller area.
When there’s no sign of irritation after a 24-hour period, you can proceed to apply as desired. More importantly, following the use instructions of such oils safeguards you from any adverse side effects.
Having discussed the potential risks, it’s time to jump into details on the essential oils to use for dust mite problems.
Essential Oils for Dust Mite Treatments
Several types of essential oils will readily provide relief from dust mite problems.
They reduce or drop dust mite presence to levels whereby they cease to become a problem. Some of the most reliable essential oils include eucalyptus oil, clove oil, fennel oil, tea tree oil, and rosemary oil.
Others include chamomile oil, lavender oil, lemon oil, peppermint, and frankincense oils.
Each of these oils is potent and has the desired effect on dust mite populations. You’ll only need to choose your preferred oil and apply as discussed below.
Eucalyptus oil is effective in dust mite control.
This is due to the presence of an active ingredient known as 1,8-cineol. Not only does it exterminate dust mites, but eucalyptus oil also has antibacterial functions in addition to a reduction of allergic reactions.
The application of this treatment gives immediate relief from symptoms of dust mite activity. Such symptoms include sore throat, hoarseness, and cough.
Clove oil comes with an active ingredient known as eugenol.
This constitutes about 62% of its content and is very efficient in exterminating dust mites. When spraying onto surfaces dilute with some water and pour into a spray bottle before applying.
You may have to repeat this action twice a week until the symptoms disappear. For topical or skin use, any of the carrier oils mentioned early should be used to dilute this essential oil.
Fennel oil is yet another essential oil suitable for dust-mite treatments. Several demonstrations have shown this oil to be highly reliable for dust termite extermination.
However, there are risks about its use that you should know of. Fennel oil should never be used around people with epilepsy or pregnant women.
As always, you’ll need to ensure that appropriate carrier oils are added. Also, it should only be moderately used for the best results.
Tea Tree Oil
This camphor-like essential oil has also been found to be a reliable treatment against dust mite presence. It contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties and will readily resolve allergies.
As stated earlier, topical application is best when using tea tree oil.
Also, before you apply this to the skin, it’s important to first dilute tea tree oil with any carrier oil of your choice.
When spraying onto dust mite-infested surfaces use a spray bottle and mix with some water. This process should be repeated until there’s a clear result.
You can also use rosemary oil with the assurance of getting desired results.
This assurance is backed by studies conducted by Egyptian researchers who found the active ingredient 1,8-cineol to be effective in exterminating dust mites.
Chamomile oil not only exterminates dust mites but also has anti-inflammatory properties. As such, health conditions such as sinusitis and mucus membrane inflammation can be properly treated.
You’ll also get relief from dust mite problems by using lavender essential oils. Apart from giving you relief from dust mite-related issues, lavender oil also offers loads of health benefits.
Such benefits include relief from skin allergies, stopping inflammation, and improving deep sleep.
With lemon oil, you also get to reduce dust mite populations significantly.
As with most essential oils, there are loads of benefits attached to its use. Only use as directed the use instruction on the product label.
Peppermint oil will also go a long way to solve your pest-related issues.
Apart from dust mites, peppermint will exterminate and repel a variety of pests. Some of these pests include aphids, caterpillars, beetles, flies, fleas, moths, and lice among others.
Frankincense oils are good dust mite repellents. They also offer a wide array of health benefits. It can be applied to surfaces using a spray bottle in its diluted form.
Now that you know, you can purchase any of these and begin your treatment immediately.
We earlier stated that there’s no way of eliminating dust mites. You only need to reduce their population as much as possible.