Although essential oils have been used therapeutically for about 6,000 years (the Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese used them for everything from drugs to cosmetics), it’s only been recently that they’ve entered mainstream knowledge in the United States. Today, it’s easy to get your hands on essential oils, and many people use them for aromatherapy. However, you may not realize some key essential oils uses out there. Here’s our list of essential oils you can use for surprising purposes! 1. Rodent Repellant You may love the scent of peppermint, but rodents and spiders detest it! Creating a spray bottle of water and peppermint essential oil and spraying the cracks and gaps of your house can help keep these pests outdoors where they belong. 2. Fishmonger No More Love cooking fish, but hate the smell that pervades afterward? Diffusing some lemon essential oil after cooking can get rid of it and leave your kitchen smelling beautiful in no time. 3. Flea Repellant Fleas can be notoriously difficult to get rid of, and you may feel cautious about using anti-flea sprays throughout your house. You can make a natural flea repellent spray by combining peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus, citronella and rosemary essential oils. These can be applied to dogs’ coats (but not cats -- they will not appreciate essential oils) or to your furniture and rugs. 4. Scented Candles An estimated 70% of U.S. households use candles regularly. Do you have a favorite candle scent that’s tough to come by in stores? Essential oils can be used to get the exact smell you want. Whether you’re making soy or paraffin candles, you should start with 10 drops of essential oil in melted wax and then scent test it to see if more are needed. 5. Smell Sweet Did you know that 66% of women agree they're more likely to kiss a man on the first date if he smells good to them? There are numerous easy "recipes" and lists of fragrance families online that can show you how to make your own customized perfumes using your favorite essential oils. Did this list of essential oils and their uses surprise you? Check out our site for more ideas!