Even essential oils that are absorbed by the skin exude an aroma that interacts with the limbic system. Take a second, and try to recall the smell of your childhood bedroom, favorite perfume or first Thanksgiving. Do any emotions arise? The feelings evoked by essential oils are extraordinarily powerful.
Helpful Ways to Use Essential Oils:
Refreshing kitchen surface cleanerAdd 2-5 drops Lemon directly to a damp sponge. Use it to wipe counter tops and cutting boards to help combat bacteria and germs.
Simple kitchen sink scrubCombine 5 drops Sweet Orange, 5 drops Lime, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl and stir. Apply the mixture to the inside of the sink and scrub. Rinse with warm water.
Laundry freshenerAdd 5-10 drops Grapefruit and/or Lavender to a small, slightly damp washcloth; place it in the dryer while drying towels, sheets and clothes for a clean, fresh aroma.
Trash can deodorizerAdd 1-3 drops of Grapefruit and Peppermint and onto a cotton ball and place it on the bottom of the trash can to help eliminate odors and germs.
Toilet rollsPlace 3-6 drops Lavender and/or Sweet Orange on the inside of the cardboard tube of a roll of toilet paper. The aroma will fragrance the bathroom with every turn.
Grout scrubCombine 10 drops of Lemon, 1 cup baking soda, 3 tbsp liquid dish soap and 1 tbsp white vinegar. Mix well, then place a small handful of the scrub on an abrasive sponge and clean grout.
Simple carpet deodorizer Combine 12 drops Lavender with 1 oz baking soda. Mix well and sprinkle the mixture over carpets. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, then vacuum.
Cozy aromatic fireplace Add 5 drops Fir Needle to a medium-sized, dry log. Leave for at least 15 minutes and make sure the essential oil has soaked in before adding the log to a lit fire.
Outdoor furniture scrub sprayCombine 20 drops each of Eucalyptus, Lemon, Fir Needle and 2 tbsp white vinegar in an 8 oz spray bottle. Top off with water. Shake well and spray patio furniture liberally, clean and scrub with a heavy rag.
Fridge refresher Combine 5-10 drops Lime, Grapefruit, and/or Lemon to a small bowl of water. Wipe down the fridge or freezer with the water.
Ant & pest awayAdd 2-4 drops Peppermint on a cotton ball and place in locations where you have had problems with ants or mice. The strong aroma will disrupt scent trails and discourage them from coming back.
Shoo fly don’t bother mePlace 2 cups dried flowers or potpourri in a decorative bowl. Sprinkle 10-15 drops Lavender and Eucalyptus over the dried flowers. Place in an area where you want to ward off flying insects.
Sponge refresherSprinkle a few drops Lemon, Lavender or Sweet Orange on your sponge. Place in the top rack of your dishwasher to disinfect and leave a fresh aroma.
General purpose & disinfecting cleaner Add 20 drops each Eucalyptus, Lemon and Fir Needle, along with 1 oz white vinegar to a 2 oz spray bottle. Fill to the shoulder of the bottle with water. Shake well before each use. Can be used on glass surfaces, windows, kitchen counters, bathroom surfaces and inside your refrigerator.
Bathroom refresherAdd 1-5 drops Grapefruit and/or Lavender to a cotton ball and place behind toilet.