What to Use your Essential Oil For
When you hear of essential oils, it might bring to mind images of beauty and wellness. You perhaps easily see yourself receiving a relaxing massage with fragrant essential oils, or undergoing some other beauty treatment in which they are used. While it is understandable that these thoughts would come to mind, do you know that essential oils are used in many other ways not directly related to health and beauty?
Although you might not know it, essential oils are found in a variety of commercially-prepared household products, from dishwashing liquids and detergents to carpet cleaners and furniture polish. However, there are ways that you can use essential oils yourself to help to spruce up your home and protect it against germs and bacteria. Here are some of the alternate ways in which essential oils are used.
Repel Flying Insects
We all enjoy the summertime but it does come with some annoying pests. To repel flying insects, you can use citronella, peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, or lavender oils around doors and windows.
With the spread of mosquito-borne diseases on the rise, it is now more important than ever to protect yourself from these pests, but you may be rightfully wary of using commercially-prepared repellents made with potentially harmful chemicals. You can prepare your own repellent using a combination of one drop each of lemongrass, citronella, and eucalyptus oil in a teaspoon of coconut oil which you then rub on exposed areas as needed.
Pet Odor Neutralizer
Essential oils can be also be used to help neutralize unwanted pet odors. You can combat pet odor in the home by combining between 10 to 20 drops of lemon, lavender, and geranium essential oils with apple cider vinegar. Shake well and spray as needed. I like to use this little mixture a few hours before I am expecting guests so that they don’t smell any dog hair, and it works great!
Purify the Air
Cinnamon is one of the most powerful naturally-occurring anti-microbial compounds you can find. To purify the air in your home, simply place a few drops in your favorite diffuser and enjoy the fragrance and the cleaning properties.
You can kill mold in your shower and other areas by combining four to five drops each of tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil in 16 oz of water. Mix and spray unto shower surfaces to kill mold. You can also use this as a preventive measure.
To clean sinks and tubs in the bathroom you can make you own bathroom scrub. Simply combine five drops lime and bergamot oils with a half of a cup of vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda for effective cleaning action.
Natural Air Freshener
You can diffuse two or three complementary essential oils at the same time to give your home a delightful fresh fragrance. Orange oil mixed with rosemary and clove is a combination that works well.
Fresher Trash Receptacles
No matter how careful you are with waste, it will eventually smell. Minimize the obnoxious odor by treating your trash bin with a mixture containing either tea tree oil, grapefruit, geranium, or lemon oils sprinkled into baking soda which is then placed in the bottom of the trash bin.