If you suffer from allergies at home, and particularly while sleeping I’m sure you’ve tried all sorts of things to try and lessen the triggers, right?
But have you tried essential oils for dust mites and bedbugs?
By using essential oils that kill and repel dust mites you will see a huge reduction in the allergy symptoms you’re currently dealing with.
Not only does this mean you feel better, but you’ll be sleeping better.
Good quality sleep is essential for your general health, and I’m sure you’ll agree that the extra pep in your step from a good night’s sleep is very welcome.
So, if you’re looking for a natural solution to cleaning out dust mites and bed bugs then read on for some of the best essential oils to achieve this that have been scientifically proven in a study carried out at the Alexandria University.
- 1 What Are Dust Mites?
- 2 Common Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergies
- 3 Essential Oils for Dust Mites: 5 of the Most Effective Oils
- 4 How to Use Essential Oils to Kill Dust Mites
- 5 In Summary
What Are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are relatives of some other annoying bugs you’ve probably dealt with such as ticks but are much smaller. So small in fact that we can’t see them with the naked eye.
This doesn’t mean they aren’t present though. If you’re showing symptoms of allergies being triggered or asthma flare-ups, it’s very likely a result of dust mites in your home.
They feed on dead skin, so it’s common to find them hiding out in bedding and pillows. (Horrible thought isn’t it?)
The good news is that it’s not too hard to clear dust mites, and essential oils are a natural solution with some other added health benefits.
Common Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergies
Some of the most common symptoms of dust mite allergies include:
Essential Oils for Dust Mites: 5 of the Most Effective Oils
Clove Essential Oil
Clove Oil proved to be the most effective of all the oils tested at killing off dust mites. Anyone interested in aromatherapy will be familiar with clove oil as it has a wide range of uses and benefits.
It’s been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It boosts energy, kills mould and fungus, improves blood circulation, and helps reduce acne among other things.
Matrecary (Chamomile) Essential Oil
You’ve probably used Chamomile lotion to help soothe skin blemishes and itching. Or drink chamomile tea for its digestive soothing and calming effects. Well, the essential oil is potent too.
As well as killing dust mites it can reduce blood pressure, soothe aching and sore muscles, help you unwind and relax, and ease digestion. Always handy to have a bottle in the home.
Chenopodium Essential Oil
With its main uses being the treatment and removal of intestinal worms, chenopodium is one of the rarer essential oils, and not once I’ve used personally.
If you come across some why not try it as a treatment for dust mites. It’s good to try different oils and the study proved it’s very effective at killing mites.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary will be familiar with almost everyone reading this. I use it in cooking and also have a bottle of the oil I use in some blends and diffuse on occasion.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
This is one of my favorite oils. I love the fresh scent of eucalyptus oil, especially in the winter months when it helps keep the sinuses clear and cold bugs at bay.
How to Use Essential Oils to Kill Dust Mites
If you’re new to essential oils there are a few ways you can use them to kill dust mites and treat the areas you think these little pests are living.
Make a Spray Bottle
If you have an empty spray bottle handy you can make a solution by mixing water with a few drops of oil.
Try a cup of water with 5-10 drops and see how strong and effective it is first. You can always add more oil if you don’t think it’s strong enough.
Spray on your bedding, pillows, mattress, and anywhere else you think the mites are that are causing you irritation.
While not as strong as spraying or using the oil directly on the areas you’re treating, diffusing oils is a great way to spray the oils all over a room.
It’s also one of the best ways for you to passively breathe in the oils. Try using eucalyptus oil if you have a cold or a particularly stuffy nose and need to clear your airways.
Baking Soda and Oil
Baking soda is one of the best things for cleaning and freshening up a mattress. So there’s a tip there for you if you didn’t know that.
Mix a few drops of one of the oils above that kill dust mites and give your mattress and bedding a good clean while purging all those bugs.
On Your Pillow
Another method that’s great with oils to help you breathe or sleep better is to add a couple of drops directly onto your pillow, or on a cloth or tissue and place it underneath.
This goes for just adding oil directly to other fabrics and items of furniture that you think needs it.
You don’t have to suffer from allergies, especially if you know or suspect that dust mites are the main trigger.
Pick up a bottle of one or more of the essential oils above and start using it where you think you’re allergies are being triggered the most.
It’s all too easy to just put up a with a stuffy nose or puffy eyes, but when you do something about it you will wish you did something about it sooner, trust me!
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.