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Top Ways to Use Essential Oils Around the House

If you’re looking for ways to use essential oils around the house, you’ve come to the right place! Essential oils are incredible in numerous ways. Individual oils offer specific benefits when used as aromatherapy. Let’s take a quick look at five popular oils, and see potential benefits from each: CinnamonCinnamon Cinnamon features an unforgettable smell. It invokes memories of baking, Christmas, and happy times. In addition to smelling great, cinnamon essential oil promotes circulation when diluted and applied to the skin. It promotes oral health, helping to keep cavity causing germs at bay. Finally, it’s been linked to relieving pain from sore muscles and joints. Lavender     Lavender A beautiful purple flower, lavender oil is relaxing. This peaceful oil has been linked to calmness. Use this oil at night to help you fall asleep. It’s also helpful for chapped lips, bug bites, and other minor injuries. OrangeOrange Everyone knows what an orange smells like. Orange essential oil captures that juicy, citrusy scent perfectly. Orange is useful for disinfecting since it inhibits microbial growth. It’s a great addition to a homemade cleaner. It’s also uplifting—helping to relieve depression and anxiety. This citrus oil has been shown to enhance concentration and cognitive function.   PeppermintPeppermint The strong aroma of peppermint has a cooling effect on the body, providing an energy boost. An essential oil with a rich history, peppermint is beneficial in many areas. It’s been used for muscle pain relief, boosting the cleansing property of your shampoo, and repelling bugs and other pests. Peppermint also help relieve the sting of a sunburn, and is fabulous for acne reduction. Ylang YlangYlang Ylang A fun word to say, and an attractive flower from the cananga tree, ylang ylang essential oil is a favorite among aromatherapists. Its delicate, pleasing scent makes ylang ylang perfect for adding to self-care products. This oil has antiseptic properties, and can help increase the healing speed of small wounds. Additionally, it’s been found to relieve stress and reduce anger. As you can see, essential oils are very useful! But, as wonderful as they are, essential oils are extremely potent. Creating a single bottle of essential oil can take hundreds of plants. They’re very concentrated, and can cause harm if used improperly. Please remember that we are not doctors or specialists. We’re simply sharing ways that we enjoy using essential oils around the home. Always use your best judgement and do further research as needed to ensure your wellbeing.

Some Essential Oils Guidelines

  • Applying undiluted essential oil to your skin can burn. Always dilute with a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, etc.)
  • Some experts believe ingesting essential oils is appropriate. Others do not. Do you own research to make an educated decision for you and your family.
  • Many essential oils are considered safe for use around children. Some are not. You can find a partial list here.
  • Likewise, some essential oils are not considered safe for pregnant women.
  • Store your essential oils out of reach of children to avoid accidental consumption.
Now, without further ado, here’s a room by room guide to using essential oils in your home. Hopefully it’ll give you lots of ideas to try!

Essential Oils in the Kitchen

  Essential Oils in the Kitchen   The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s often where the family gathers. Let’s keep it fresh and as natural as possible by utilizing essential oils.

Cleaning Spray

With just a few basic supplies, you can create your own cleaning spray that’s perfect for the kitchen counters. Grapefruit seed extract is a powerful cleaner. Some hospitals are even using it as an additive in their cleaners to enhance disinfection procedures. Supplies Needed -Spray bottle (32 oz for each batch) -Grapefruit Seed Extract -Essential Oils of Choice (give lemon or orange a try for a citrus fresh aroma) -Water Directions: Fill the spray bottle halfway with water. Add 32 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract -Add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (or try a combination!) -Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water -Put the lid on the bottle -Shake well Using Your Cleaner Spray a few squirts of your homemade cleaner on your counter. Wipe with a damp rag. Enjoy the fresh scent and disinfection properties, and repeat as needed.

Giving New Life to Your Sponge

Before you clean your sponge by running it through the dishwasher, add a few drops of lavender or lemon essential oils to it. Then, place it on the top rack and start your cycle like normal. They’ll leave a wonderful aroma behind.

Give Your Microwave a Lemony Steam Clean

Grab a microwavable bowl out, and fill it halfway with tap water. Add 5-6 drops of lemon essential oil. Place the bowl in the microwave, and nuke it on high for five minutes. Carefully remove bowl (it will be boiling water now). Using a damp rag, wipe out your microwave.

Cotton Ball Freshness

Cupboards can occasionally develop a dank smell. To help keep your kitchen fresh and cheery, use a cotton ball and your favorite essential oils. Grab a cotton ball, and carefully place 3-4 drops of a pleasant smelling oil on it. Tuck it away in the back of your cupboard.

Essential Oils in the Bathroom

  Essential Oils in the Bathroom   The bathroom should be a relaxing space. Many enjoy having a spa like atmosphere in their home. You can use essential oils throughout the room to make it the environment of your dreams.

Deep Cleansing Scrub for Grout

This easy to make cleaner is ideal for the grooves between tiles. When you mix it all up, you’ll have a thick paste that you can scrub onto your grout. Supplies Needed -1 cup baking soda -1 TBSP white vinegar -3 TBSP liquid dish soap -Lemongrass essential oil -Tea Tree essential oil -Abrasive sponge Directions: Combine the baking soda, vinegar, and soap in a small container. Add 10 drops of each essential oil, and stir well. To Use: Dip an abrasive sponge into the deep cleansing scrub, and clean your grout. Rinse with warm water.

Cotton Ball Trash Cans

Disgusting odors can quickly build up inside of bathroom trashcans. Keep yours fresh by placing a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball. Place the ball at the bottom of you trashcan, and then put in the liner. You and your guests will appreciate the clean scent.

Mirror & Window Cleaner

Keep smudges and fingerprints off your mirrors so you always look your best! This simple cleaner is perfect for mirrors and windows of all shapes and sizes. Supplies Needed: -Spray bottle (16 oz) -1 ½ cups vinegar -1/2 cup distilled water -Essential oil of choice (or a blend) Directions: Add the vinegar and distilled water to your spray bottle. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oils (or use a combination). Put the lid on, and shake gently to distribute everything. To Use: Spray across the surface of the glass you wish to clean. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe away. To avoid streaks, wipe in only one direction.

Shampoo Additive

Adding 5-10 drops of essential oil to your shampoo can help your hair. Unscented, natural shampoo is recommended for this project. Simply open the shampoo cap, add the oil, close the cap, and shake gently. Give your bottle another shake each time you wash your hair to ensure the oil is spread throughout. Here are five to try: Tea Tree Oil: Excellent for lice prevention (if there’s an outbreak at your child’s school). It’s also great at hydrating your scalp. Tea Tree & Lavender Oil: This combination battles dandruff and a dry scalp. Peppermint & Rosemary: The peppermint will provide a mental boost while the rosemary improves the circulation in your scalp. Lemongrass: If you have oily hair, try lemongrass shampoo. It helps balance your hair’s oil naturally. Lavender: Wash away stress with lavender scented shampoo. In addition to providing relaxation, it adds a nice shine to your tresses.

Essential Oils in the Bedroom

  Essential Oils in the Bedroom   Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. A place you can retreat to for relaxation and romance. Essential oils can help set the mood for either.

Use a Diffuser

By using a diffuser, you can get aromatherapy benefits all night. You simply add water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the diffuser, and let the beautiful device do the work for you.

Massage Oil

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy massage oil when it’s so simple to make your own. In addition to saving money, you’ll be able customize your oil blend to make it perfect for your skin. Select Carrier Oils to Pick From Sweet Almond Oil Coconut Oil (will be hard a cold temperatures) Olive Oil Jojoba Oil Directions: Once you have your carrier oil, pour some of it into a small jar. Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choosing. Place the lid on the jar and shake gently. If desired, experiment with different combinations of carrier oils and essential oils until you come up with your favorite formula. To Use Simply place a few drops on your hands and massage gently over skin. Add additional oil as needed to ensure your hands glide and don’t chaff the skin.

Clearing Your Mind Before Bed

When it’s time to sleep, help clear your mind by doing some quick Frankincense aromatherapy. Open you bottle of frankincense aromatherapy, hold it close to your nose, and inhale deeply four times. Breathe through your nose, and as you breathe out, mentally release the stress from your day.

Using Essential Oils to Enhance the Mood

Many essential oils are known for their aphrodisiacal properties. Either put them in the diffuser, or place a few drops on a cotton ball and place it under the bed for the smell to entice you both. A Handful of Essential Oils That Enhance the Mood
  • Ylang ylang
  • Clary sage
  • Bergamot
  • Grapefruit
  • Frankincense
 

Essential Oils in the Living Room

  Essential Oils in the Living Room   You want your living room to be a comfortable gathering place in your home. Essential oils can help.

Fabric Refresher Spray

Couches and other upholstered furniture sometimes need a breath of fresh air. Instead of spraying your home with chemicals, whip up a batch of this three ingredient fabric refresher spray. Supplies Needed: -Spray bottle (16 oz) -1 TBSP Baking Soda -Warm Water -Essential Oil of Choice Directions: Fill your spray bottle half-full of warm tap water. Measure your baking soda into it. Put the lid on, and shake until the baking soda is completely dissolved. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oils. Lavender or lemongrass are good oils to try. Shake once more. To Use: Spray your furniture, curtains, and other fabric as needed. It’ll deliver a light, pleasing scent.

Stove Top Hydration

If you have a wood or pellet burning stove with a flat top, you can diffuse oil and moisture into your air. You’ll need a metal tea kettle. Add water to your teakettle, and 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Place the kettle on top of your stove when you have a fire burning. The heat will gently warm the water, and send the aroma of your oil into the air.

Vacuum Refresher

If you have carpets to vacuum, try adding a cotton ball with a few drops of essential oil on it to the bag before you vacuum. As the air moves over the ball, the scent from the oil will waft into your living room. To change things up, you can try a new scent each time you swap the bag on your vacuum.

Get Rid of Pests Naturally

If you have a mouse or ants in the house, place a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and set it where they’ve been. These household pests can’t stand the smell, and will stay away.

Using Essential Oils throughout Your Home

Essential oils are a wonderful addition to your home. Pick out a few of your favorite scents, and bring the power of aromatherapy to your residence. When used appropriately, essential oils are a natural way to clean, refresh, and enjoy every room.
Original Image Photo Credits (may have been modified for this post): Lavender Photo Credit: joshuadelung Orange Photo Credit: p_v a l d i v i e s o Cinnamon Photo Credit: lizdavenportcreative Ylang Ylang Photo Credit: Zaqqy J. Peppermint Photo Credit: Zaqqy J. Kitchen Photo Credit: brianrlawson Bathroom Photo Credit: kevinmarsh Bedroom Photo Credit: nevil zaveri Living Room Photo Credit: Paragon Apartments

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