Essential Oils for the Home

 

A home that smells good radiates a sense that the homeowner takes care of their surroundings and projects to visitors that they care about their home and want others to feel at ease. There are some beautiful smelling products on the market today in the form of reed diffusers and candles. Unfortunately, these synthetic fragrances are full of toxic substances that actually pollute the air and can cause some unhealthy physical side effects.

You only need to read the label to find out how harmful they are, they release volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere which cause allergic symptoms such as eye irritation, sneezing and skin irritation. Additionally, some of these diffusers are so toxic they will strip the paint from some surfaces.

Essential oils are the best natural alternative to making your home smell fantastic, and what’s more essential oils have added health benefits. Inhaling essential oils stimulates your limbic system, which is the part of your brain that is associated with your sense of smell, triggers emotions also controls breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.

The best way to use essential oils within your home is with a reed diffuser, steam diffuser, oil burner and candles, when using candles make sure they are non-toxic such as 100% soy wax, beeswax or coconut wax.

The scent from essential oils can be used to create different vibrations for different rooms, for example, lavender oil helps to relieve stress and help you to get a good night’s sleep so use this in the bedroom. And when you want to create an uplifting vibration such as working from home or in a family room you can use orange, lemon or Grapefruit.

Essential Oils for Each Room

Bedroom: Lavender, Bergamot and ylang-ylang have relaxing qualities and help to relieve stress, and anxiety so is perfect for getting a good night’s sleep or for setting a relaxing tone before bedtime.

Living Room: Orange and Lemon have uplifting qualities and can improve mood, while Mandarin Green also uplifts spirit it also calms by relieving a tense, anxious mind. You can create different vibrations to suit your mood, whether this is a chilled ambience or a more upbeat vibe.

Home Office: Lime essential oil uplifts your mood, invigorates the mind and helps with focus, while Grapefruit essential oil boosts your mood and elevates mental clarity perfect for meeting that deadline.

Kitchen: Lemon and Orange essential oils are antibacterial and work well against grease, and the uplifting qualities will create a positive vibe. Lemon and Clove break down toxins and neutralise bad smells. Tea Tree fights against germs, bacteria, and viruses so are perfect for cleaning.

Cleaning: Lemon, Orange, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Thyme and Eucalyptus essential oils are perfect for cleaning as they have antibacterial qualities. You can make home-made kitchen cleaners or just simply pop a few drops in the mop bucket to wash your floors.

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Essential Oils for Cleaning

  1. Lemon: Antibacterial and antiviral a natural degreasing oil.
  2. Tea Tree: Fights against germs, bacteria and viruses.
  3. Rosemary: Natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
  4. Orange: Works well against grease, and naturally energising.
  5. Lavender: Antibacterial and calming
  6. Eucalyptus: Powerful against dust mites, pests, natural germicide
  7. Peppermint: Antibacterial, deterrent for spiders and ants.
  8. Cinnamon: Antibacterial and antiseptic good for mould.
  9. Pine: Effective at killing yeast spores, E.coli and mould.
  10. Thyme: One of the most powerful gem killers