Peppermint has definitely made its name not only for its amazing smell, but also for all of its amazing household benefits. Keeping a few peppermint plants around your home can keep pesky pests from sneaking in, or just to keep your place smelling fresh. An added plus is how easy this plant is to care for, regardless if you’re growing it indoor or outdoor.
Peppermint comes essentially in two popular varieties – black or white. Black peppermint has darker leaves and tends to have a stronger scent, whereas white peppermint is lighter both in color and aroma. Regardless of what type you choose, make sure you give your mint plenty of water and drainage. These home-helpers also enjoy partial to full sunlight so don’t be afraid to give your mint some extra sunshine!
Now that you know how to take care of your peppermint, let’s jump right in to how it will take care of your home
1. Nature’s Natural Pest Repellant
Peppermint plants are a perfect way to keep away all of those pests you hate without using an harmful chemicals. Like mentioned previously, keeping a few potted peppermints around can keep rodents and other creatures, such as flies and ants, at bay.
Pro-tip: Make a water and essential peppermint oil spray to keep other critters out of any places you want. We recommend using 9 parts water and 1 part oil.
2. Keeping Your Pets Flea-Free
Get a few sprigs of peppermint and place it into a bag or pillow (something your pet won’t bite) and tuck it under or beside their bed. Peppermint can actually repel certain fleas and other bugs that might latch on to your four-legged friend.
Try this old household tip to keep your pets free of fleas!
3. Keeping You and Your House Healthy
Peppermint has a surprising amount of medicinal benefits, making it one of the most helpful plants for not only your home, but also for your health. If your stomach is feeling upset, try drinking some herbal peppermint tea! For those of you suffering from stuffy sinuses, boil some water and fresh mint leaves together – this minty steam can help clear your congestion.