Read this article about lesser-known uses of aromatherapy and use of essential oils in home care, for driving off bugs and mice, in bath and take care of furniture.
Using Aromatherapy for a Healthy Home
Aromatherapy refers to the use of selected fragrant
substances as oils, lotions, inhalants and other forms to affect the
mood of an individual and promote his or her health. In home, we can
make use of these tips while bathing in bathrooms and feel fresh for the
whole day and even get rid of all those bugs, insects and cockroaches in
hidden corners of our homes. Today, fragrant aromatherapy candles or a
bag of aromatherapic potpourri is quite in vogue and are known for their
calming and stimulating effects and are quite effective as energizers
too. Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the substances used
here before you make use of them. Here are some aromatic therapeutic
solutions you can use for your home:
- Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted out of fragrant plants
by compressing them. They are either inhaled or mixed with bath
water to affect the mood as desired. They are also used to keep away
insects, freshen up clothes and polish furniture.
- Essential oils get absorbed through our skin in our body and can
heal us by stimulating specific areas of our brain, whether they are
mixed with bath water or used for massaging our body.
- A healthy spray that protects your houseplants and garden can be
prepared by adding 6 to 8 drops of the mixture in a gallon of water
prepared by mixing together lavender and thyme oils. Thyme oil in
water helps to grow healthier cabbage and cauliflower while basil
oil favor growth of broccoli, potatoes and tomatoes. Yarrow oil for
cucumbers, chamomile for onions and carrot extract for lettuce are a
blessing for your kitchen garden.
- Add 2 tablespoons of soap dissolved in 2 cups of boiling water to
two cups of turpentine and one cup of melted natural beeswax and
then add 10 drops of cedar wood, cypress or sandalwood oil to make a
great-looking furniture polish that can be used for all wood
- For the fresh smelling clothes, throw a cloth with two drops of
bergamot, lavender, neroli, cedar wood, petit grain and sweet orange
oils in the dryer with them.
- Mix about 6 drops of lavender, lemongrass, citronella and
peppermint oils in one cup of water to prepare a room spray that can
rid us of mosquitoes, ants and cockroaches.
- Mix together citronella oil, cedar wood oil, garlic and clothes
freshener and put a couple of its drops in the collar of your pet
without diluting it. It gets rid of the fleas in the fur of your
pets and do not harm them a bit.
- Mix together eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary, tea tree, lemon and
marjoram oils. To immune yourself and your family against colds,
make a room spray by adding six drops of the preparation per cup of
water or adding 4 to 9 drops of it in the water of a humidifier.
- Mix together lemon, bergamot, lavender, sweet orange, oregano and
thyme oils and mix 8 drops of it in a liter of warm water to use a
bathroom freshener. You can also use it as a cleaner by pouring 2 to
3 drops of undiluted mixture on a wet sponge and wipe down all
surfaces using wash water. Add more oil to the sponge when
- Pour a few drops of undiluted peppermint and spearmint oils near
the living areas, edges of the ceiling and other holes to drive off
mice and other bugs from the home.