Homeowners everywhere are constantly on the lookout for things that will make their homes nicer to live in. Scents and softness are two of the best ways to do this. Add some vision blinds, drape soft fabrics all over the place, and get yourself some aromatherapy sprays that will add to the textures and calming scents you associate with home. The only question left is which essential oils are best for which room, task, or mood? This quick-start guide to using essential oils around your house will help get you on your way.
What Are Essential Oils?
We use essential oils in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is just what it sounds like – the ability to soothe you through scents. Sometimes with an accompanying massage. Essential oils themselves are extracts. If you treat any plant the correct way, it will produce an extract that smells intensely like the plant. Essential oils represent the essence of the reagent used to make them. That essence is removed from the plant using different methods, such as cold pressing or by using steam. The essence is often added to a carrier oil, which traps that scent for when you want to use it.
How Do You Use Essential Oils?
Commonly essential oils are inhaled, usually using a wax burner. You can put them into a diffuser specially designed for the purpose. People do apply them to their skin with the aid of carrier oil. You should never put a straight essential oil onto your skin without diluting it first. You can add a few drops to your bath, too.
What Essential Oils Are Used For What?
There is an essential oil for every plant out there and even a few non-plants. Here are some common essential oils and what they might do for you:
- Lavender gives you better sleep when you add a few drops to your pillow; it is also good for your skin if you use carrier oil.
- Tea Tree is an antiseptic, and it is also antimicrobial; there is a reason why so many skincare companies use it in their products.
- Frankincense is used on inflammations. Remember to dilute it.
- Peppermint oil has multiple uses, including headache relief and eliminating fatigue, and provides the same antifungal and microbial properties as tea tree.
- Lemon oil is ideal for cleaning your house since it kills bacteria.
- Orange oil does the same thing. studies it has shown it reduces anxiety even more than lavender does.
How Do You Use Essential Oils Around The House?
You can use essential oils around the house by cleaning with them. Meany acts as a lovely polish that provides you with the full fragrance when you enter your home. You can add them to your bath, clean using lemon oils, and even add a drop or two to your washing machine for better-smelling clothes.
Is It OK To Put Essential Oils On Your Skin?
Although most pages will tell you that it is OK to put essential oils directly onto your skin, experience says that not all essential oils can be used this way. For example, using clove oil on your gums instead of your teeth might burn them.
You can use some essential oils on your skin without issue unless you are allergic to them. Since essential oils are so strong, if you have any allergic reaction to plants, it will become amplified. Lavender, rose, tea tree, and frankincense should be fine for skin use. Again, if you experience any negative reactions, don’t put them on your skin.
It is advisable to use a further carrier oil when you are using essential oils on your skin. This will
Which Essential Oils Are Bad For Your Pets?
There are essential oils that you should not use if you have pets in the house. Some essential oils release chemicals that have a nasty impact on your pet – particularly if you are using a diffuser over a room spray. Here are the essential oils which are toxic to your pets:
- Tea tree oil
- Ylang Ylang
It is important that you do not put these oils on their skin or diffuse them into the air if you have cats or dogs.
Alternatives To Essential Oils
And finally, if you don’t want to use essential oils, then you do have other options. Aroma diffusers do the same job, but you will have to watch their contents in terms of protecting your pets. You might also try a plug-in alternative. However, essential oils are the best way to do things without costing you electricity and where you have full control over which scents you prefer.