In the spirit of this month’s RD edition of “13 Things Your Housecleaner Won’t Tell You” I am sharing more secrets with my blog readers. You won’t read these tips in Reader’s Digest!
I rounded up some of the most popular scents in my essential oil stash, most noted for their aromatic and cleaning benefits, and created a list of popular ways to use essential oils around your home. They are an essential ingredient for non-toxic cleaning products which can be used for many everyday household uses. I hope you can benefit by using the oils in your home in more ways than one!
In my next blog post, I’ll show you how aromatherapy is listed as one of my favorite Jedi mind tricks. (And here you thought aromatherapy was just new-age mumbo-jumbo used by hippies…)
Here are my top ten household recommendations by popular demand:
• Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball and place inside odorous shoes to freshen them up.
• Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball or cosmetic sponge and place inside your vacuum bag or canister to diffuse a fresh, clean scent in the air while vacuuming.
• Place a few drops of essential oils inside a spray bottle with water to mist the air as a quick way to freshen and disinfect your rooms. Eucalyptus oil is especially good for this job and can be mixed with lemon, sweet orange, peppermint and lavender for a beautiful scent combination.
• Mix a combination of water and a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle and spritz into your garbage can to disinfect, deodorize and refresh your can each time you change your garbage bag.
• Place a few drops of essential oil onto the rim or into the bowl of your toilet to disinfect or refresh your bathroom between flushes.
• Place a drop or two of essential oil inside the cardboard of your toilet tissue roll. It will keep your bathroom smelling fresh and clean with each roll of the tissue.
• Mix 12-15 drops of essential oil to one box of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and mix with a pastry cutter or wire whisk until thoroughly mixed. Then sprinkle lightly onto your carpets and vacuum thoroughly. This makes a great carpet freshener.
• Make a light mixture of essential oil using a few drops of lavender and distilled water and place in a spritzer bottle. Lightly mist your pillows and bed sheets (avoid using on silk sheets) at bedtime for a relaxing night of sleep.
• Revive potpourri that has lost its scent by adding a few drops of essential oils and mixing together well.
• Add a few drops of essential oils to your laundry to give a clean, fresh scent to your clothing. Use only clear colored oils with your fabrics, such as peppermint; otherwise, you risk staining your clothing.
Here are my favorite scent blends:
Lemon, lavender and eucalyptus:
Lemon, lavender and eucalyptus are all beautiful on their own, but put them together and something magical happens. This blend is inspiring, restful, beautifully balanced and long lasting.
It is as it says…simply lavender. Calming, peaceful, warm, soft and welcoming.
Lavender and Sweet Orange:
The soft woodiness of lavender and the bright, energizing scent of sweet orange are a perfect summertime match. Leaves a soft, sweet fragrance wherever it’s used.
Rosemary and Mint:
Universally loved by all. You can jazz it up even more with an invigorating blend of rosemary, peppermint, lavender, lemon and eucalyptus that you’ll love using it all over the house.
Essential oils of clove bud and sweet orange work in harmony to create this sweet, warm, lingering scent-of-the-season.
Essential oils of tangerine, sweet orange and eucalyptus fused together create this crisp, clean, refreshingly bright scent.
Essential oils of lemongrass, mandarin, and sweet orange play off one another to create a unique scent with a mildly Asian flair. Warm and sweet with a touch of spice, Zen Mandarin is my hands-down favorite.
Cinnamon Sweet Orange:
The timeless scent of fresh sweet oranges is nicely balanced with a hint of pure cinnamon. This scent is an especially nice way to wonderful way to dispel after-dinner cooking odors and instantly freshen up the bathroom.
Nothing purifies the air around you more quickly than eucalyptus. Having earned a bad rap over the years for being too reminiscent of cold medicine, you can redefine the scent by adding lemon and peppermint oils to artfully balance the eucalyptus scent. It makes sense to combine the three most invigorating scents in the aromatherapy world to create a most energizing blend. Rediscover a new love for this age-old remedy!
The Basics of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils:
Aromatherapy has become a widely-used term that is well known as the use of pure, therapeutic grade plant-based essential oils used to facilitate the health of the body, mind and spirit, thus creating balance.
Essential oils can be used in every room of the home and are used for many mood therapies. They can be calming or stimulating; they can energize, create mental clarity, have a relaxing effect, and some fragrances are even are thought to interact with the body’s ability to product pain-fighting substances. The everyday use of these oils in our modern-day rituals can enhance our lives in ways we never imagined.
Do you use aromatherapy in your own home? If so, how? Let me know if you have more tips to share for the use of essential oils in your home!