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Tobias Kern
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Hey folks, I've got a question for ya'll: What happens if I pour (very diluted) mint oil on my soil?

Background: I've got the flu, and after I used my inhaler (bout half a cup of water mixed with two drops of Japanese mint oil) I don't want to discard the good stuff. Can I just pour it in one of my planters? Or will it harm some of the goodies in the soil? I got some composting worms in there, some of the little, white, compost munching, cute thingies which I don't know the name of and some of the black flies, which I could do without but I can tolerate those... And I suppose tons of bacteria and other lifeforms, though I can't see those.

Has anybody any experiences with the pros and cons of mint oil as a soil amendment?

Thanks in advance, cheers, Tobi
 
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Mints are typically antibacterial and anti-fungal, so spreading it on the soil could damage the little helpers.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8893526
 
r ranson
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I personally don't know that it would do any harm. It might help. Mint is thought to keep rodents away.

If you are concerned, maybe dilute it some more.

I'm a risk taker try everything and see what happens kind of person, so I would probably just use it and see what happens.
 
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