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essentil oils and home fragrance

If you are like me, you like to keep your home smelling fresh and wonderful, but sometimes the joys of everyday life can get in the way. Kids, cooking, and indoor pets can all make us turn up our nose at the way our house smells. Using essential oils as a home fragrance can be an easy way to rid your home of the smells that can assault your nose.

Several drops of cinnamon oil or peppermint oil placed on cotton balls and put into a small jar or an empty margarine container with a few holes poked in the lids and placed behind a picture or behind furniture will leave your guest bedroom or bathroom smelling wonderful.

A few dabs of eucalyptus, oil of clove, or peppermint on a cool light bulb will ensure wonderful smells when the light is turned on, and the heat from the bulb allows the smell of the oil to drift across the room.

You can freshen and revive dried wreaths and dried flowers by applying a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Just be sure not to place on silk flowers or material, as doing this can result in staining.

If you are like me, life gets in the way of spending all day cooking or baking in the kitchen. You can make your kitchen smell like you have spent all day there by adding a drop or two of your favorite scent to a small pot of water simmering on the stove. Placing a few drops of cinnamon, orange, peppermint, or anise oil on the cardboard tube of a paper towel roll will fill the room with lovely fragrance. This also works well for the cardboard on your toilet paper roll.

Do your storage or work areas smell like they need a little reviving? Try using lavender or almond for your closets, cinnamon or clove for your garage, orange and peppermint for your cupboards, attic and basement, and lavender or peppermint for your laundry room. Placing a few drops on a cotton ball placed in a plastic bag with a few holes poked in it and hung up will give you a pleasant smell next time you open the doors.

You can find essential oils at most independent drug stores or you can check out my friend here. She carries a wide selection of essential oils for your everyday needs.

  • Carol

    Mark gave a great tip on the light bulb.. However he did fail to mention that you can get an essential oil blend that smells like Almond. If the blend is made only of EOs then it is still an essential oil. I am sure he overlooked this fact when he was posting his reply.

    I did not visit your friends store, but just thought I would point that little oversight out. I have no idea if your friend is selling synthetics or not.

  • Mark Goodfellow

    Be careful when adding essential oils to light bulbs - there is a risk of combustion or the lightbulb breaking.

    You can't get almond essential oil - you can get a synthetic almond fragrance, or an almond extract, but not an essential oil.

    Be very careful handling clove essential oil - it is a dermal irritant. As are eucalpytus and peppermint.

    The products on sale from your friends store do not appear to be genuine essential oils - they are synthetic versions - they will have none of the therapeutic properties of essential oils, their smell may well change over time, and due to their synthetic nature they are more likely to trigger alergic reactions in people.

  • Anna Sattler

    Thank you, Mark, for the excellent comments and quality information. Your expertise is much appreciated.

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