Use 12 drops of essential oil to a bucket of hot water. Alternatively, add two peppermint tea bags to a cup of boiling water and leave to infuse for five minutes. Use your essential oil infusion to scrub or mop floors, yards, balconies, doorsteps or patios.
* Work in circles widdershins, saying:
"One for joy, two for gladness,
Three and four to banish sadness,
Five and six flee useless anger,
Seven, eight, nine, linger no longer.
Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, Darker days now begone."
* Alternatively, strain and use the cooled peppermint liquid to sprinkle around rooms, to inject the freshness of spring emotionally and spiritually.
* Afterwards, place a vase of spring flowers, growing daffodils or hyacinth bulbs on a table in the centre of the room to increase the life force.