Essential oils can be used at home to promote holistic wellness as well as through aromatherapy massage. They are derived directly from plants and, unlike fragranced oils, are not artificially created. Essential oils provide aromatherapy through the sense of smell as well through the skin. Oils have many uses in the home but be careful!
Essential oils are highly concentrated and need to be diluted for use as air fresheners, antiseptics, cleaners, and insect/pest repellents.
Any essential oil can be used as an air freshener. Diffusers and oil burners project essential oils into the air to provide a fresh scent and promote the benefits provided by the particular essential oil. By adding essential oils to a vaporising bottle filled with distilled water you can create an aroma-therapeutic air freshener. In addition to creating a pleasant smell, the therapeutic qualities of the essential oils are dispersed through the air.
Lavender, chamomile and rose are popular essential oils that promote calmness and relaxation. Eucalyptus and lemon extracts are general deodorizers while cedar wood and tea tree oils are specifically used as pet deodorizers.
Some essential oils can be mixed with water to create a natural antiseptic spray. Tea tree oil and Oregano oil are often used for their antiseptic qualities. Clove and Cinnamon bark oils also have exceptionally high antioxidant levels. Using an antiseptic spray throughout your home will fight against bacteria and can help to keep your family healthy.
Essential oils can be used in cleaning products to enhance aromatherapy benefits. You can easily create your own cleaning products, or simply add essential oils to your cleaning supplies. Wash liquid, floor/carpet cleaners, fabric fresheners and window cleaners can all be enhanced with essential oils. Lemon, grapefruit, rosemary, lavender and cinnamon oils are all popular oils to use in cleaning.
Another great way to use essential oils in your home is to harness the pest control qualities of certain scents. Insects and small rodents can be repelled by the use of certain oils: Peppermint, lavender, cedarwood and thyme are just some of the oils that can be diluted with water to provide natural pest control.