Allergy Relief: Reduce Dust Mites with Essential Oils

by Andrea Butje on August 4, 2011

Dust 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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Laura Poulin-Harkins December 3, 2016 at 7:50 pm

I just made this. It smells like heaven and my allergies seem to be a bit better! Thank you!


Andrea Butje December 5, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Laura, I am happy to hear you find this helpful! Yay!!


Tom Rodit November 9, 2016 at 7:13 am

Wow amazing tip! I use peppermint essential oil when I get headaches… Incredibly effective! I will have to give this spray combo a try in the bedroom. I have been using doterra in the past because it was the only one I had heard of. Do you know if this aromatics delivers to Europe?


Andrea Butje November 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

Yes Tom they do! Aromatics International does ship worldwide:


Karen September 27, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Would you use the same amount of drops if you’re putting the oils in a diffuser?


Andrea Butje September 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Karen, for a diffuser I would reduce the number of drops to about 8.
6 drops Palmarosa essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil


Charlotte July 30, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Andrea, I love this idea. I cosleep with my almost one year old baby. Since being pregnant I have used eos very very sparingly if at all. What are your thoughts about using this linen spray several times daily on a bed shared with baby?
Thank you!


Andrea Butje August 3, 2016 at 6:31 pm

Hi Charlotte,
Perhaps it would be more ideal to use it several hours before you get into bed.


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.


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 πŸ™‚


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 πŸ™‚


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.


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 πŸ™‚


Andrea Butje April 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Sure, you can spray on the sofas and recliners. πŸ™‚


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! πŸ™‚


Joan June 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Another good reason to use linen spray!!


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:


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. πŸ™‚


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