Scentsable Living

Choosing a healthier way of life, the "scents"able way.

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Essential Oils for Rodent Control


I had several questions yesterday on rodent control. We have used peppermint successfully to keep mice out of our home and in researching I have discovered that moles, rabbits, squirrels and other rodents do not care for the smell of peppermint either.

Here is a natural remedy to your gardening critter problems using peppermint essential oil.

—>  In a watering can, add one gallon of water and 20 drops of Young Living’s peppermint essential oil (I recommend Young Living as it is pure and safe, free from synthetics that can be harmful to humans and animals). You will sprinkle this solution over the soil in your garden every day until there is no more sign of rodents.  It is best to apply solution to wet soil.  <—

Happy Gardening!


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Cooling Mist Spray

~ Tanya Patterson ~

Oooooh, the hot summer days are upon us and as excited as we are to have them here, some days are just a little “too” hot.  Especially during fourth of July week in TN where we visit every year.  This recipe is courtesy of Stacy McDonald over at The Common Scents Mom and it has been tried, tested and approved by my active boys who love to be outside, even in the heat.  I hear, “Mom, can you spray some cooling mist on me, I’m really hot?” as a common phrase around here now, instead of, “I’m hot, do I have do play outside?” :D

Cooling Mist Spray Recipe

  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle
  • 5 Young Living Wintergreen essential oil
  • 25 Young Living Peppermint essential oil

Directions: Add the essential oils to the spray bottle, and fill the rest of the way with water.  Shake to evenly disperse the oils and than store in refrigerator until ready to take with you.  Toss into your bag and away you go.  When you are ready to use, spray the back of the neck, back, and arms.  Can spray forehead if careful enough to stay away from eyes. (It also helps refresh and rid that “stinky boy” smell from sweating and playing, until it’s bathtime).


Garden Tea for Healthier Plants

Think of essential oils as preventative medicine for your garden.  They help build strong plants that are able to fight off bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew.  Using essential oils in the form of a garden tea will help increase the yield and make the fragrance and flavor of the flower/fruit more pungent.

Here is a printable chart listing which essential oils can be used in a homemade garden tea and for which plant.

~ Tanya Patterson ~


Place 2 1/2 cups of water into a pot and add 8 drops essential oil.  Bring to a boil and than quickly turn off stove and remove pot from heat.  Allow to cool and than add 2 Tbsp. of mixture to 1 gallon water and you are ready to use, (store the remainder in an air-tight container for later).

~Happy Gardening~


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Homemade Toothpaste

~ Tanya Patterson~

I have been reading a lot on the ingredients in regular over the counter toothpaste and realizing that this is some pretty harmful stuff to our bodies.

  • Sodium flouride is shown to cause cancer and neurotoxicity
  • Sodium laurel sulfate is used to create the foam and is likely to contain 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen
  • Propylene glycol can cause contact dermatitis at very low concentrations and is also a common ingredient in toothpaste
  •  Triclosan is a possible endocrine disrupting chemical and has been shown in animal studies to harm the thyroid.

 How about no thank you, I do not want those ingredients in my body, nor in my family’s body.  So I ventured out to see what recipes were out there for homemade toothpaste and here’s what I decided to make.

Homemade toothpaste:


  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp. baking soda
  •  1/4 tsp. -1/2 tsp. Xylitol o r1/2 pkt. of Stevia powder (sweetens similar to that of regular toothpaste)
  • 15-25 drops essential oil of choice, see above visual for ideas
  • 1-2 drops Thieves essential oil (kills germs AND adds that hot cinnamon flavor)

Directions: mix all ingredients together in a bowl using a small fork to mash it and mix it, when done it will be the consistency of thick cake icing similar to toothpaste.


Begin by adding half the essential oil and mix, try a little to taste and decide to add more or less as you go. The finished consistency is the same as store bought toothpaste.

You will need to think of a container to store your toothpaste in.  Glass is best.  I have switched to a small pint-size mason jar instead of the plastic container above.

Your are good to go…happy brushing!!!

This toothpaste is pennies on the dollar to make, and for my home these ingredients are already on hand, so it easier access than heading to the store to coupon for free toothpaste (as far as money, it costs about the same as the tax I pay on free toothpaste from the store BUT the health benefits are greater with the homemade option). :D

148941_433308403360577_1918543164_nWhen my boys spend the night at their Auntie’s or Pawpaw’s house they have their own little containers to take along with them (aren’t these adorable?) :D

I get the question quite often as to how we get the toothpaste out and onto our toothbrush.  I buy these small wooden craft sticks from the store for $1.00 (a pkg. of 100) and we use them to scoop a little toothpaste out and onto our toothbrushes.  We toss into the trash after each use.

*For information on the effects of flouride in toothpaste please visit Dr. Mercola’s site.


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