Using Essential Oils At Home

Using Essential Oils At Home

Essential oils are most often used in massage and beauty therapies, but they are also a natural and environmentally-friendly option for use around the home. Essential oils are volatile oils extracted from plants and flowers. Their aromas are usually intense and are extremely potent. Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange and Lemongrass are the more common, popular and safer choices. It is always best to check with a doctor if allergies are a concern. Remember that essential oils are potent, less is always more.

Try scenting your laundry naturally by adding 3-5 drops of essential oil and unscented laundry soap to a med-large load. Lavender is a popular and safe choice.

For household cleaning and deodorizing, Sweet Orange and Lemongrass both clean and refresh. Essential oils are naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. Add a 3-5 drops to the toilet bowl and use with eco-friendly cleaner. 3-5 drops of essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water can be used as an air freshener as well as countertop cleaner. Best oils are: Tea-tree, Lavender and Sweet Orange.

Diffusers allow essential oils to be dispersed safely into the air. Glass diffusers with a pump and motor are the most effective, no-mess way to naturally scent your home. Yet some can be noisy and it's true that you get what you pay for. Lavender, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang are great on their own or blended, add 8-10 drops to diffuser.

For a home spa bath, add 1/2 cup Epsom salts and 8-12 drops essential oil to a warm running bath, add unscented bath soap for bubbles. Light some candles and soak your stress away. Ylang Ylang, Lavendar, Sweet Orange and Rose essential oils are great on their own or blended.

For minor burns and abrasions, 2-3 drops of Lavender or Tea-tree essential oils added to a poultice heal and disinfect naturally.

Essential oils are nature's cleansers, deordorizers and therapeutic healers. They are known to affect moods and are wonderful emotional balancers. Every home will find a use for this multi-purpose, multi-tasking, eco-friendly, natural remedy.

You can find Aromatherapy essential oils in most health and wholefood stores.


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