Essential oils have been becoming very popular lately. My mom was an RN but also she’s a bit of a hippie, so I learned about essential oils as a kid. Having a nurse and hippie as a mom leads to learning a lot about health and not having a lot of sweets in the house! Thank goodness for grandmas, mine loves to bake and always had what she calls her candy store, which is a china cabinet with all kinds of candy. This could be the cause of my major sweet tooth…Well, now that I want to go make cookies, back to healthier things.
Essential oils are something I use in my house everyday. However, I do get worried about all the promoting of essential oil use by people that aren’t trained as certified aromatherapists and are promoting ingesting of oils and using them undiluted. Essential oils are powerful and they can be harmful when used incorrectly.
I don’t see a certified aromatherapist, I’m not sure we even have any near me. Because of this I go the safer route and I don’t ingest oils. I am also very careful about using them topically and always dilute very well.
The main way I use essential oils is simply for scent. I diffuse them and put them in my homemade household products. I thought I’d share some of the ways I use essential oils around my home. Even in this use remember many oils are very strong and may not be safe for some people. Use with caution and talk to your doctor if you have questions.
Why I Use Essential Oils
I like to have my home smell nice. I’m one of those people that is highly effected by smell, it can trigger memories for me and impact my mood heavily.
The problem with many scented products is they can also trigger my asthma. This is common for many asthmatics. As a child I learned to notice strong scents quickly and pick up on which would possibly trigger asthma. This skill was formed because my mom went through a time of having very severe asthma and had lost her sense of smell. I would warn her when we went places that had heavy scents that could send her into an attack.
Another issue with most scented items is they contain fragrance which isn’t an ingredient but a group of ingredients. Companies are not required to disclose what’s in this group of ingredients and often it hides phthalates. Phthalates are endocrine disrupters and can cause a lot of different health problems.
Using essential oils for scent is a safer way to still enjoy nice smells around your home. I also have control over what I’m using so I can avoid things I’m allergic to or trigger my asthma.
Ways to Use Essential Oils Around Your Home
- Make your own fabric refresher. The ingredients in conventional fabric sprays are pretty terrible. You can feel safe using this spray.
- Diffuse the oils in place of using candles or wax melts. It’s safer as there is no heat and you control the scent and ingredients.
- Use essential oils to freshen your carpet. DIY carpet freshener is super easy!
- Keep your shower clean with a DIY daily shower spray. Unlike conventional daily shower sprays, this one won’t have you struggling to breath through the fumes.
- Feel more relaxed with sleep linen spray. I love to spray this all over my sheets before I get in bed. It smells so good!
- Make you own air freshener. It’s fun to play around with different oils and create fun scents.
Essential Oil Resources
- Using Essential Oils Safely on Children
- How to Dilute Essential Oils
- Herbs and Essential Oils bundle