Beginner’s guide to Essential Oils for the home
If you’re looking for a spa-like atmosphere to unwind in, a natural disinfectant or just an intriguingly scented house when you have guests over, then essential oils are the perfect solution for you. The perfect substitute for synthetic perfumes and chemical cleaners, these natural oils perform a plethora of functions and have now become easily available in India. We will walk you through the basics of essential oils and how to use them in your house.
The Living room:
Oils like cinnamon, orange and frankincense are perfect for the living room. Orange has a bright, energising scent while cinnamon tends to create a feeling of warmth and brings back childhood memories. Frankincense is great at easing anxiety and calming the nerves. You can change the oils that you use based on the season and the mood that you are trying to create. Lavender and citrus oils are more fitting during warm weather, while oils like ginger and cinnamon create a sense of warmth and cosiness in winter.
Your aim is to keep the room smelling fresh and keep away any pests or bacteria. Great oils for the kitchen include lemon grass and citronella. Both are powerful antiseptics and keep bacteria and pests at bay. For a more relaxing feel, you can use a touch of lavender essential oil or peppermint oil for added freshness.
Lavender oil is well known for its sleep inducing effects, while frankincense oil is perfect for balancing emotions, supporting healthy sleep, calming your mind and supporting your body’s natural response to healing. Vetiver oil, distilled from the roots of the Vetiver plant, smells very rich and earthy. This is another great oil to try for sleep because it is psychologically grounding, calming and stabilizing.
Keeping this room clean and smelling great is the goal of most home owners. Oils like tea tree and lemon are great for this purpose because they are both strong disinfectants and smell very fresh. These oils can be mixed with vinegar and baking soda to fight mold, fungus and bacteria. Some lavender oil can be added to your bath water for a relaxing atmosphere.
The Balcony / Terrace:
Cedarwood oil is great if you want to keep ants and other pests away from your outdoor furniture. A mixture of Cedarwood oil and water can be sprayed on plants to keep away snails and other parasites. Lemongrass, Geranium, and Peppermint are also great choices. Take a look at how to use essential oils as insect repellents and how to use them to treat insect bites.
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Now that you’ve understood the basic uses of essential oils around the house, let’s look at the various methods we can employ to use essential oils.
- Soaking a tissue with oil
Apply 2-3 drops of essential oil to a tissue and refresh every 1 hour. This evaporates into the air gradually. This method is a relatively easy quick-fix but the aroma won’t stay around for long.
- Tea light diffuser:
A ceramic or copper diffuser which holds water is heated by a tea light to diffuse the oil. A few drops of essential oil are added to the water. This is a good method but the hot container and water in it might be dangerous for children and pets.
- Reed diffuser:
A reed diffuser comprises a small bottle or vase that is partially filled with an aromatic oil and several natural rattan reeds. The oil is absorbed by the reeds, which release the fragrance into the room where the diffuser sits, on an ongoing basis. This is one of the most expensive methods, as it uses a large amount of oil and the aroma is only limited to a small area surrounding the reeds.
- A Nebuliser:
This is an electric device that pumps cool air through a glass vial filled with essential oil and evenly disperses it throughout the room. This method is most widely used in therapeutic application of essential oils as the oils are not heated, which helps them to maintain their properties.
- Room spray:
Add a few drops of essential oils to a spray bottle full of water. The ratio of oil to water will depend on the dilution percentage you require. Once mixed, use this spray bottle to mist the room. If you plan to store the mixture in the spray bottle, then use a glass bottle as essential oils tend to break down plastic.
- Basic evaporation:
Oils like Citronella can be put out in a saucer close to a fan or just around the room where they will gradually evaporate. This is not a very effective method.
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