Essential Oils to Naturally Scent Your Home
After last week’s post about creating natural home fragrance using a crockpot, I got a number of questions about the use of essential oils in aromatherapy. In this post I will give you directions to make two very simple types of air fresheners using essential oils.
Aromatherapy using essential oils has existed for more than 5,000 years, and has seen a real resurgence in popularity in the last decade in particular. Of course, essential oils have far more uses than simply making your home smell good, but I am just considering that one use for the purposes of this post.
Choosing the Right Essential Oils
There are many brands of essential oils on the market, but not all of them are of good quality. Always make sure you purchase organic, 100% therapeutic grade, GC/MS (gas chromatography–mass spectrometry) tested and certified oils. The terms “pure”, “natural”, and “high quality” are meaningless for essential oils, so read descriptions carefully before making your purchase.
I like the brand Eden’s Garden, which I order on line. They stock a wide variety of single-scent oils as well as many blends, and I’ve been very pleased with the performance of every oil I have received from them.
The most common method of aromatherapy with essential oils is with the use of a diffuser. There are many, many models on the market, and may come with intermittent misters, timers, light displays, and more. I love my diffuser and use it often, but I still find myself making my own air fresheners using the recipes below. They are quicker and less expensive, and can be easily used room to room.
How to Make Your Own Air Fresheners with Essential Oils
There are two extremely easy ways to make home fragrances with essential oils. The first is a baking soda-based blend that emits fragrance continuously, and the second is a spray to use periodically. Personally, I like to have a jar and spray bottle in my kitchen, and a spray bottle in each of the bathrooms.
Recipe #1: Continuous Air Freshener
Supplies: small canning (Mason) jar, bowl, or other container that holds approx. 8 ounces (1 cup); baking soda; essential oils; small square of cotton or cheesecloth, rubber band, spoon
- Place about 1/2 cup of baking soda in the container
- Add 10-12 drops of essential oil
- Stir gently with spoon
- Add additional essential oil 3-5 drops at a time, stirring well, until desired level of fragrance is reached
- Cover the opening of the jar with the cotton square and wrap it with the rubber band to hold it in place. *This step is not required, but it helps prevent spilling.
- Place fragrance jar in you desired location
- Fragrance will last 2-3 weeks. To refresh, just add more essential oil and give it a stir.
Recipe #2: Air Freshener Spray
Supplies: small glass bottle (4-8 ounce) with spray top (I like these); water; vodka; essential oils
- Fill the bottle 1/3 with water and 1/3 with vodka.
- Add 10 drops of essential oil.
- Attach the spray top and give it a quick shake.
- Spray in the air in desired location as often as you wish.
Recipes don’t get much easier than these!
Deciding Which Fragrances To Use
When choosing essential oils for room fresheners, focus on the mood you wish to create. As examples, if you want:
- warm and uplifting – try lemon, sweet orange, or grapefruit, either as single oils or as a base with other scents you enjoy
- relaxing, comforting – blend lavender and vanilla
- clean – combine lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, and tea tree
- soothing, healing – chamomile,frankincense, rosemary, and wintergreen
The Most Popular Essential Oils
If you are new to essential oils, and not quite sure where to start, these are the most popular oils:
Since fragrance preferences are truly personal, it’s best to start with one or two essential oils that you know you will enjoy, and take your time building up your inventory. You may find you prefer to use one signature scent throughout your home, vary your fragrances by room, or change it up with the seasons.
There is no right or wrong when choosing fragrances, as long as you use quality oils and don’t make them overpowering.
Important note: some animals find essential oils irritating to their respiratory tracts. For this reason, always start by using these fresheners lightly and building up use, and never spray them directly onto a pet or pet bedding or belongings.
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