Allergy Relief: Fight Dust Mites with Essential Oils

by Andrea Butje on August 4, 2011

fight dust mites with essential oilsDust mites.

I know, not the most fun topic.

What are they, exactly? There is a website dedicated to these creepy little creatures called They define dust mites as “microscopic creatures that live in your bedding by the millions and cause allergies.”

In fact, they say that “Dust Mite Allergies are the most common type of allergy. It’s been estimated that 70% of all allergy sufferers are allergic to dust.” This website has some good suggestions, like removing carpeting in bedrooms, improving ventilation with air conditioning or opening the windows, and vacuuming or mopping floors weekly (I would try daily for awhile). But they did not mention Geraniol . . .

Geraniol, the primary component in Palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martini var. motia) was proven in a 2008 research study to be one of the most effective essential oil constituents for controlling dust mites (which can aggravate respiratory allergies) and is considered more effective than DEET (1).

To fight dust mites with essential oils, I suggest using a simple linen spray made with Palmarosa and Lavender.

After washing your linens in a hot wash, spray it on your sheets a few times a day.

Dust Mite Linen Spray

8 oz (240 ml) water in a spray bottle
60 drops Palmarosa essential oil
20 drops Lavender essential oil

I recommend making a fresh bottle every few weeks.

Research Reference:
1. Jeon JH, Kim HW, Kim MG, et al (2008) Mite-control activities of active constituents isolated from Pelargonium graveolens against house dust mites. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 18(10):1666-1671

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Shannon May 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I’m actually allergic to lavender :(. What would you recommend as a good substitute?


Andrea Butje May 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Hi Shannon,,
You could try Geranium. :)


Pat Ruta McGhan June 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Hi, can’t wait to try this recipe. I had heard that peppermint is good for dust mites also, had you heard this? I mix a few drops in corn starch, let it blend/dry a bit, then sprinkle it on my rug. Let it sit for a bit, then vaccum (sp???) it up.


Andrea Butje June 2, 2013 at 6:56 am

Hi Pat,
Peppermint is a good idea for dust mites. The research also shows Palmarosa and Lavender. here is a blog post I wrote on dust mites:


Joan June 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Another good reason to use linen spray!!


Cynthia October 30, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Thank you so much for this wonderful article…I have struggled with dust mite issues for years and my allergy tests come back higher each and every time. I am going to do this tonight!


Andrea Butje October 31, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Cynthia- You’re welcome, let me know how it goes! :)


Sydney April 21, 2015 at 9:21 am

Have you ever used this on furniture – like sofas or recliners? If not, is there any reason you could think of why we couldnt?
Sydney :)


Andrea Butje April 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Sure, you can spray on the sofas and recliners. :)


Patricia Walker April 21, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Do you have to spray every day several times a day or just the day you have washed the sheets? To spray several times a day every day seems unrealistic and not very effective.


Andrea Butje April 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Hi Patricia – You can spray as needed, and use a few times a day as a loose guideline.


annie October 20, 2015 at 10:23 am

how/where can I purchase Palmarosa essential oil?


Andrea Butje October 20, 2015 at 10:46 am

Annie – Aromatics International has it in stock :)


Rhea November 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Hi Annie, Very happy to have found your blog. Would you recommend using this same blend in a diffuser or is it most effective as a spray?

thank you!


Andrea Butje November 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm

You can use it as a diffuser too Rhea :)


Esther Jo November 24, 2015 at 8:54 am

Just what I needed to know!
The weather has made everything dusty, and everyone has the sniffles. Thank you.


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