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HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS IN THE HOME

 

We recently teamed up with REMODELISTA, one of our favorite sources for sophisticated and sensible home design inspiration, to share how to use essential oils in the home. From an all-purpose natural cleaner to a botanical bug spray, here are several smart, simple ways to use essential oils around the house.
 
As the most potent form of plant medicine, many essential oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, making them an all-natural alternative to many store-bought products that are often laden with chemicals (which can do more harm than good). The following recipes for home and personal use have been gathered from and inspired by some of our favored aromatherapists.

 

ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

This all-natural household disinfectant can be used to clean and kill bacteria on kitchen and bathroom surfaces as well as disinfect kitchen sponges. To disinfect sponges, spray both sides of sponge after use and leave overnight.

  • 2 oz glass spray bottle
  • 1.5 oz water
  • 1 tsp castile soap
  • 1 Tbs hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)

Combine all ingredients in a small glass spray bottle and shake well before using. This recipe makes a small batch and can be scaled up accordingly.

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LINEN FRESHENER

Linen sprays are a great way to provide daily freshness to bed linens and bath towels. They also help to take care of stagnant air in a bedroom, living room or bathroom. The basis for a good blend is what appeals to you.

Lavender Relaxation
  • 2 oz glass spray bottle
  • 2 oz distilled water
  • 7 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 5 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 3 drops Vetiver Essential Oil (Vetiver zizanoides)

Ylang Ylang Comfort

  • 2 oz glass spray bottle
  • 2 oz distilled water
  • 10 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata)
  • 20 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
  • 4 drops Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium)

Combine ingredients in a small glass spray bottle and shake well. We suggest making a fresh bottle every few weeks.

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INSECT REPELLENT

Essential oils like Clove, Citronella and Patchouli are often used as ingredients in bug repellents because their scent is potent for the olfactory senses of many insects. Traditionally, a few drops of Clove oil were placed on bedsheets at night to keep bugs away and studies have shown Clove to be the most repellant for many types of mosquitoes.
 
Spray Repellent: Recommended for use on clothing and gear. If using directly on the skin, test a small area first.

  • 8 oz glass spray bottle
  • 4 oz distilled water
  • 4 oz Witch Hazel
  • 30-50 drops of desired essential oil blend like this one:
    • 20- Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
    • 10- Rosemary (Rosesmary officinalis)
    • 15- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • ½ tsp Vegetable Glycerin (*as an optional moisturizing ingredient)
Add ingredients to a glass spray bottle and shake well.
 
Diffuser Blend: Recommended for single use in a diffuser.
  • 3 drops Clove oil (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • 3 drops Citronellla oil (Cymbopogon winterianus)

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Stay tuned, we'll be posting more essential oil DIYs soon!)

 

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are a sharing of knowledge from s/he to you. This information is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health and wellness decisions based upon your own research.

Essential oils are the most potent form of plant medicine and therefore must be respected and handled with care. Many essential oils must be diluted in water or a carrier oil before use. Some essential oils may have contraindications for use when pregnant or for people with health conditions or skin sensitivities. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using.

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