We’ve all heard of essential oils, and how they’re used in aromatherapy. These oils can also be used around the home and to help calm and relax you for better sleep, as well as to help you clean your home using natural, chemical-free products.
Here we take a look at some of the best ones to use around your home, as well as discover exactly what essential oils are.
Essential oils are naturally found and extracted via compression, steam distillation, or a solvent process from the roots, leaves, bark, nuts, seeds, flowers, berries, and nuts of plants. Essential oils are what typically give a particular plant its distinctive smell/aroma. These oils are commonly found in personal care and green cleaning products.
There’s a difference between essential oils and fragrance oils though, as the latter are often synthetic and are therefore not eco-friendly. The essential oils you need to look for are ones that are made entirely from plants with no other ingredients added.
Two of the most common uses for essential oils in the home are for aromatherapy (to promote calmness, relaxation, and sleep naturally) and cleaning (to clean the home naturally).
Lavender is one of the most well-known essential oils for its sleep-inducing properties, and backed by some research. You can simply spray a few drops on a tissue and tuck it under a pillow, use a lavender infused pillow, or purchase lavender-infused sleep masks and/or bed pillows.
You can create your own green and safe eco-friendly cleaning products using natural and inexpensive ingredients from the store, as well as with essential oils. Not only will your home smell great, but it’ll be clean too. Popular oils for cleaning purposes include:
Now you’ve read all about how great essential oils are for cleaning your home, here are a few recipes to get you started.
How to use essential oils for cleaning? There are so many ways you can utilize essential oils for cleaning and freshening your home, including these simple ways to create your own eco-friendly and aromatic cleaning products.
You should never use essential oils on your body or to treat a health issue without first researching your chosen oil or seeking advice from your doctor. That said, in eco-friendly cleaning terms, essential oils are generally considered to be safer than synthetic fragrance oils.
There are certain atmospheric conditions that essential oils should not be used in, specifically on smoggy days when high levels of ozone are present. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology, the terpenes within essential oils have the potential to interact with ozone and create formaldehyde.
For this reason, it’s important never to use essential oils when levels of ozone are high, and to always use good ventilation. If you’re concerned about the specifics of any essential oil, the International Chemical Safety Card database contains more information.
Not all essential oils are created equally. The composition and quality of essential oils can vary, so it’s important to look for the following when you’re looking for high quality oils:
The uses of essential oils are practically endless. They can be used in the form of one single essential oil or they can be blended together for desired experience and benefit. The tips above offer you plenty to get started with to enjoy the amazing benefits of essential oils.
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