“HMMM…. What’s that smell?” He asks, as he raises his nose to the air and sniffs like a puppy sniffing out his favorite treat.
You reply, “Why? do you like it?”
“Sure”, he replies. “It reminds me of my Nana’s house”.
Instantly you are sad and offended, “Nana’s house? Really?”, and you storm off.
Don’t be sad, there is a an easy natural solution, one not to many people consider. It’s easy to go to your local retail store, or even Amazon, and buy air fresheners in an aerosol can. But many people don’t take into consideration the chemicals that come in those types of products,
I know, I too am guilty and have purchased them myself. That is until I came down with Asthma, and realized some of the scents or sprays were affecting my condition, causing them to trigger my coughing. It may not affect everyone in the same way that it had affected me, but it did make me realize that if I wanted a lovely scent in the air that I had to find an alternative.
That’s when I learned about “Essential oils” and the various affects that the have. Not only can they help make a room smell nice, but they also have natural healing affects. So today I just want to share a few tips and ideas for you to become familiarized with them.
Essential Oils – Various Uses
There are various scent uses and health benefits to using essential oils. Essential oils can help you relax, calm, energize and increase sexual energy. Essential oils can be used for massage and in the shower before bed to help your muscles relax after a long day with the kids or a hair pulling day at the office – cause the boss is so demanding.
Essential oils can be used for Aromatherapy, to diffuse the air without the harsh chemicals that can be found when using aerosol sprays.
Using essential oils to make your home smell fresh and clean is both healthy and therapeutic.
You can create your own scents using the oils and mixing them with Distilled water and white vinegar, using distilled water is recommended because it has no minerals in it, some recipes call for Epsom salts, but I prefer distilled water. Here are a few oil combinations to try.
Clove and Lemon is a warm citrus scent, I recommend it for fall cleaning.
Lemon Peppermint and Lavender is a clean and refreshing scent.
Lemon Cypress is a fresh woodsy scent.
Essential Oils That Help You Sleep – Lavender
Lavender is great for helping people sleep.
For the bedroom I use a Lavender Linen Spray, this is my favorite scent of all. I spray it on my bed in the morning after getting out and before I make the bed. I will use it again at night right before I get into bed; I pull back the covers and mist the sheets and pillows. Don’t worry about the moisture on the coverings I use a very fine mist spray bottle that it gently leaves a fine mist with a lovely scented aroma that fills the air but does not overwhelm the senses.
Here is the recipe for the Lavender Linen Spray.
- 1 Fine Mist Bottle
- 4 ounces of Rubbing Alcohol
- 40 drops of Essential Lavender Oil
- 2 cups Distilled Water
This Lavender scent can be used throughout the bedroom to give a relaxing aroma to help calm you to sleep. Lavender has a calming affect and that is why it is recommended for the bedroom.
In case you are wondering, no it will not stain or alter your fabrics. The ingredients are not strong chemicals so it is considered safe for children and pets.
General Use Lavender Oils
Lemon oils are clean and refreshing citrus scents and can be used through out the house.
So don’t be afraid to experiment with various blends. There are a variety of scents to choose from so get creative. Try some floral scents, like Rose, Geranium, or Sage. Or perhaps fruity scent like Orange, Lemon, or Coconut.
Whatever your desired scent give it a try.
And if you do, he won’t say “ it smells like Nanas house” but “MMM…. What a Lovely Scent!”
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