Essential oils seem to be everywhere these days, but knowing how to use them can leave you clueless. If you’ve been curious about essential oils and how to use them, don’t miss this super informative post about four practical ways to use essential oils in your home.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these “essential” oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function, according to Aromatherapy.com.
Essential oils are a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.
It’s used with great success to help better one’s mood, relieve one’s stress, and aid in one’s psychological well-being. However, no one has the time to go to aromatherapy sessions.
Luckily, we can easily bring some beneficial smells into our homes to experience the joys and benefits, without leaving the comfort of our homes.
More and more people are discovering the many benefits and uses of essential oils. It might be hard to believe that they can be used for something more than nice smells, but they can.
One of their many uses is in cleaning products.
Dishes: You can put several drops of oil into your dishwasher and have nice smelling and disinfected dishes.
Bathroom: You can use a mixture of eucalyptus and tea tree oil to get rid of the mold in your bathroom.
Surfaces: Put a few drops in your home-made cleaning solution and it will give the clean surfaces a nice and more natural smell.
Floors: Add a few drops of a strongly scented oil to your mop. Every time the mop is wet and you use it to clean your floors, the floors will have the natural smell of oil, and not the chemically made, store bought cleaning product smell according to London Home Cleaning.
Because we all know there is nothing better than nature and its products in the purest form we can find.
Not only that, but if you use warm water and a few drops of lemon, eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil, you can easily disinfect any surface, sports equipment, or your kids’ toys, without having to use toxic store-bought chemicals.
And not just the house, a few drops of lemon oil to a bowl of water will allow you to perfectly clean your fruit and vegetables before you serve them to your family.
Another very useful, almost unknown use, is the use of essential oils for keeping away or killing pests.
For example, orange or clove oil can be sprayed directly on bugs.
A mixture of several oils – lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, coconut – can be used as a mosquito repellent.
You might even sprinkle several drops of tea oil or lavender oil to protect your mattresses from any unwanted bugs.
Or if you have a pet – a cat, or a dog – put two or three drops of oil on their collars to protect them from fleas.
They can even be used as medicine to some health problems.
Some can be used to cool down and help skin irritations and problems.
Some of them boost the immune system and help the body because of their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory essential oils and their properties.
So it is a good thing to have them in your cabinet when fighting headaches, respiratory problems, etc.
And of course the many uses of their smell. You can use them as room fresheners, car fresheners, clothes fresheners, and even toilet paper roll fresheners.
And not only will they bring a nice, natural fresh smell into your home, but they will help you get rid of the unpleasant smells like, stale air, cigarette smoke, trash cans, and even smelly shoes.
Take some cotton balls, add a few drops of lavender oil and put it around the house, and in the bathroom. There is nothing more pleasant after a hard day than a hot shower and the smell of lavender which helps to relieve stress and relax.
As we know, we are never too old to try something new, and if you want to stop using the chemically induced and toxic products on the market, go out and get your set of essential oils and be one of the people who have found the benefits and joy of using essential oils around the house.
Essential oils referenced (*affiliate link):
- Eucalyptus oil*
- Tea tree oil*
- Lemon oil*
- Orange oil*
- Clove oil*
- Lemongrass oil*
- Citronella oil*
- Coconut fragrance oil*
- Lavendar oil*
The article was contributed by Kathleen Crane. She is always looking for clever and time saving ways for cleaning and home maintenance.
Tara Mitchell says
This is a fantastic post, and it’s full of great ideas and suggestions for someone like me who’s just getting started with oils. Thanks for sharing!