Essential oils have become a trendy way to freshen up the home, but they’ve actually been around for thousands of years. Egyptians were some of the first people to extract plants of their natural oils and use them for aromatherapy and healing. Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that have unique aromatic and healing properties. Each oil has its own characteristics and have many different uses. From cleaning your home to healing your body, essential oils are versatile and completely natural! Implementing these oils into your daily living can help you lead a healthier, chemical-free life.
Here are 10 ways to use essential oils in your home:
Not only do these oils provide a great scent, they also help with respiratory infections and psychological benefits. When essential oils are inhaled, the part of the brain that detects smell, called the olfactory system, is stimulated. Different oils have different uses and effects, so do some research before you dive in if you’re an essential oil newbie.
How to use: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a diffuser, spray bottle and delude with water, a bath or shower, or make a roller ball and delude with caster oil to apply directly on the skin. Don’t over do it, only a few drops will do the trick.
Tip: Use lavender for sleep, orange and peppermint for motivation, and lemongrass for relaxation.
2. Homemade Fabric Softener
What’s exactly in those fabric fresheners that are sold in stores? By making your own, you know the exact ingredients and can feel safe using it around the home.
Here’s what you need to make your own: 16 oz spray bottle, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2 cups filtered water, 10 drops of any essential oil of your choosing. If you like the scent, you really can’t go wrong!
3. Antibacterial Cleaning Spray
Essential oils are a great alternative to harsh cleaning chemicals. They are better for the environment and also nicer on your wallet! Try out these easy mixtures below.
All-Purpose Spray: 16oz spray bottle, 20 drops lemon oil, 10 drops peppermint oil, 20 drops tea tree oil, ¼ cup white vinegar
Window Cleaner: 16oz spray bottle, 14 cups rubbing alcohol, 20 drops peppermint oil, 3 cups water, ¼ cup white vinegar
4. Bathroom Deodorizer
Tackle stinky bathroom odors in a jiff. Simply drop some of your favorite essential oils into the toilet paper roll before putting it on the holder. So simple, yet effective!
5. Bedroom Refresher
Refresh your whole bedroom in minutes with lavender essential oils. Lavender is a very relaxing, sleep inducing scent. Simply mix 10 drops of lavender with 1 cup of water into a spray bottle and mist it over your sheets and pillow before bed.
6. Mouse Repellant
Fun fact: Mice hate peppermint.
If you’re having a rodent problem, mix two teaspoons of peppermint oil with one cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray anywhere you see mouse droppings. This also works for spiders using a citrus essential oil in place of peppermint.
7. Clean you Dishwasher and Dishes
Lemon essential oils can help break down mineral deposits that build up in your dishwasher.
How to use: Place 2 cups of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe bowl and add 10 drops of lemon essential oil.
Tip: Add a few drops of lemon oil while washing a load of dishes will also make dishes sparkle!
8. Carpet Refresher
Carpets and rugs easily trap dirt and odor leaving your home with a funky smell after vacuuming. You can make your own natural carpet refresher by mixing together one cup of baking soda and 30 drops of lemon essential oil in a mason jar. Put the lid on tightly and shake well, then let it sit for about 6 hours. Sprinkle it on your carpet and wait 30 minutes before vacuuming.
9. Muscle Relaxer
Sore muscles? Here’s a natural and effective way to reduce muscle pain anywhere, at anytime.
Recipe: Mix 10 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of peppermint with caster oil (or some kind of natural oil) in a roller ball. Apply when needed.
10. Furniture Dusting Spray
Easily clean your furniture the healthy way with a homemade mix! This is a great alternative to aerosol cans they sell in stores.
Recipe: Mix ½ cup vinegar, ½ cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup filtered water, and 15 drops lavender oil in a 16 oz spray bottle. Shake well and start spritzing!