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6 ways to revive your home with essential oils
Essential oils, highly concentrated
essences of plants, have the power to
improve our lives, revive our spaces and
boost our mood, whether it’s through diffusing
them to add a fresh scent to the
kitchen, creating a spa-like oasis in your
bathroom or whipping up DIY cleaning
products to use all over your home.
“How we care for the everyday spaces
we live in impacts our well being,”
said Charlynn Avery, an aromatherapist
and educator for Aura Cacia, a company
that sources and sells essential oils. “It’s
all about the power of positive change.
Clean, synthetic-free living is good for
everyone, and using essential oils in your
home is one way to do that.”
Even better news? It’s easy to use essential
oils to refresh and revive your living
space. Here are some ideas to get you
Freshen up your fridge. Most everyone
has a box of baking soda tucked on a
shelf in their fridge to absorb odors from
last week’s left overs or that questionable
carton of milk. Why not make the box
do double duty by adding essential oils?
Grapefruit, lime, bergamot or lemongrass
will give your fridge a fresh scent. Hint:
Sprinkle a little of the baking soda mixed
with essential oils into your garbage can
to freshen it, too.
Brighten your DIY cleaning products.
Ditch the chemicals lurking in storebought
cleaning supplies and make your
own, infused with intoxicating scents!
Once you try it, you’ll never go back to
commercial cleaners. And it’s easier than
you might think.
Here’s just one recipe: For window
cleaner, combine 1 1/2 cups distilled
water, 2 tablespoons white vinegar and
1/2 teaspoon of Aura Cacia Main Squeeze
Essential Oil Blend in a 16-ounce spray
bottle. Shake well, and voila! You’re ready
to tackle your windows. You’ll fi nd more
easy recipes for making your own, natural
cleaning products at www.auracacia.
Banish food odors. Is the smell of the
bacon you fried for breakfast still lingering
in the kitchen at dinner? Pop a pan of
warm water on the stove and add essential
oils like cinnamon or citrus and simmer.
It’s a quick, low-cost way to diff use
oils for instant aromatherapy while getting
rid of lingering cooking odors.
Make the most of your open house.
Realtors will tell you that bad smells make
a bad impression, and good smells make
a positive impression. It’s important to
clean your home from top to bottom to
neutralize pet odors, your teen’s room
full of gym clothes and other sources of
Essential oils don’t just cover up odors,
they can enhance your mood. Try citrus
oils like lime in a room spray, grapefruit
in a diff user or sweet orange simmering
on the stove to promote positive feelings
in potential buyers.
Becalm your bathrooms. Set a diff user
on the counter and add lemon, grapefruit
or orange for a fresh scent, or try lavender,
eucalyptus or tea tree to create a garden
Revitalize your carpets. Pets, kids and
general foot traffi c can do a number on
the way your carpets smell, and that
odor can permeate the whole room. Add
the essential oil of your choice, like bergamot,
to a box of new baking soda.
Sprinkle it on your carpet, let it sit for 15
minutes or so and vacuum it up. Hint:
Pop a cotton ball doused with essential oil
into your vacuum bag or fi lter to spread
fresh scent every time you vacuum.
For more information about essential
oils, including recipes for DIY products
and more ways to use them, visit Aura