DIY Essential Oil Blends for the Home

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I recently posted that part of my spring cleaning process involves using essential oils in cleaning products. However, I also diffuse essential oils around my home regularly throughout the year. There are several purposes for this:

  1. Creating a welcoming atmosphere: I love using essential oils to make my home feel, well, homey! Here are some welcoming blends I use:
    • Bergamot and ginger
    • Cinnamon and clove
    • Rosemary and lavender
    • Orange and vanilla
  2. Freshening the air: In Central New York there are many days that it’s just too cold to open the windows. Deodorizing sprays and most candles contain chemicals that I just don’t want to be inhaling. Essential oils are the best option I’ve found for freshening up a room when it’s too cold to open the windows.
    • Rosemary and clary sage
    • Lemon and lime
    • Peppermint and orange
  3. Treating illness: Essential oils can be used for treating a variety of conditions. Here are some I have used:
    • Lemon and cedarwood can help keep the air disinfected
    • Eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and lemon can help with respiratory illnesses
    • Chamomile and lavender help ease pain and inflammation
    • Lavender, lemon, and peppermint for seasonal allergies
    • Sandalwood, frankincense, and lavender for insomnia
  4. Improving mood: When you need to improve your mood, essential oils can be uplifting! Here are some blends I use:
    • Frankincense and lavender
    • Rose and lemon
    • Bergamot and cedarwood

Once you have decided which blends you want to use, there are a number of ways to diffuse essential oil blends around your home:

  • A heat diffuser (I got mine from Mountain Rose Herbs) 20150411_153948[1]
  • Reed diffusers
  • A cold-air diffuser (these are more expensive than the heat diffuser I use but, as high temperatures can damage essential oils, these can be more effective. There are reviews of a number of diffuser models here)
  • Terra cotta pendants
  • Mix a few drops of essential oil into a spray bottle of water and spray around your home (I find this especially useful for freshening up upholstry or bedding)
  • Add a few drops to your humidifier (be careful with this – not all humidifiers are made for this)
  • Add a few drops of essential oil to some water in a small saucepan. Simmer on the stove to diffuse into room.

It’s important to remember that for the best results, cool diffusion methods (reeds, pendants, cold-air diffusers, or sprays) should be used over warm methods (heat diffusers or simmering in a saucepan). Do you have any other blends that you like to use?

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