When guests first
enter your home the first thing that greets them is the aroma. Essential
oils are often used to create a homely atmosphere within the home.
Add 6-8 drops
of your favourite scent to water in a diffuser or place the drops directly
into a bowl of boiling water. Sweet orange, lemon and your favourite
spice oil are especially good when diffused during the winter months
for a refreshing, warming aroma and atmosphere.
with essential oil can also be used to give the home a pleasant ambience
and aroma. Other ways essential oils can be used around the home include...
1. Add a few drops
of essential oil to water in a spray bottle to freshen linen or spray
on garments before ironing.
2. As an air-freshner
put 6-8 drops in 600 ml of water in a fine spray bottle and spray into
the air and towards carpets and curtains. Do not spray onto velvet
of silk and avoid spraying directly onto wood.
3. Place cotton
wool balls fragranced with lavender in drawers and linen closet to
4. Put 4 drops
of oil onto a cotton wool ball and place behind the heater or radiator
in winter. Drops can also be used with the humidifier.
5. Clean your
fridge with a one-drop of orange, mandarin, mint, lavender or lemon
oil added to the final rinse water.
6. When washing
down surfaces in the kitchen 1 drop of lemon, thyme, cypress, lavender
or Palma Rosa placed directly on a cloth or alternatively 7 drops in
7. Put a drop
or two of oil onto a cold light bulb in a lamp so the fragrance fills
the room as it heats up.
8. Essential oils
are used to clean the air rather than mask smells in the home. To rid
a room of stale tobacco or cooking smells use cinnamon, eucalyptus,
lavender, lemon, orange, tea tree, rosemary or lime for their ability
to freshen and cleanse the air of stagnant smells throughout the house.
Saturate cotton wool balls and place in the corners of a room, in cupboards
or out-of-the-way places to fragrance kitchens and living areas throughout
9. Hallways are
the place where we greet our guests. Use lemon, lime, bergamont or
grapefruit. Lavender or geranium can be mixed with any of these. Lavender
is uplifting in the morning and geranium has a calming effect and good
for afternoons when you may need to wind down at the end of the day
10. Keep tea tree
oil in your first aid kit for cuts, burns and headlice!
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