Aromatherapy at Home IV

Author: Dr. Larita
03/13/2020

Kitchen smells include everything from the wonderful aroma of freshly baked cookies to the stinky smell of burnt popcorn. Kitchens have a trash area where garbage is tossed, a spot for wet coats and muddy boots, and a corner for dog bedding and the cat’s litter box. Essential oils are a natural alternative to commercial air sprays because they cleanse the air for you instead of masking odors; they are harmless to food, humans, and the ozone; and many of them are antibiotic and anti-fungal so they may even help keep you from getting sick.

  • To cleanse kitchen surfaces add 15-30 drops of any one of the following essential oils to one pint of water: eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pine, or lemongrass. For a kitchen synergistic blend combine the following essential oils: 10 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 5 drops eucalyptus. This mixture is disinfectant, antibacterial, and leaves a lovely fragrance when used on kitchen surfaces. You can add 8-15 drops of this formula to 2 1/2 cups of water in a plant spray bottle to spray the air or surfaces.
  • To kill germs on dishtowels soak them in a bowl of boiling water and 1 drop of eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, or lavender. Let the towels soak until the water is cool then wash as usual. This will keep your towels germ and bacteria free.
  • To lighten the chore of dishwashing and uplift your spirits at the same time, add 5 drops lime, 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops lavender, and 1 drop orange essential oil to your dishwashing liquid. The natural aroma of these essential oils will make a boring task take on a much lighter note. If you use a dishwasher, simply add 2 drops of lemon essential oil to the detergent you use in your machine and stir it before closing the door.

Essential oils lose their therapeutic properties after about two years but do not toss them out! Put two drops at a time down kitchen drains to create a nice scent when hot water runs down. Also, use them in the water you use to wash windows and trashcans both inside and out. Essential oils make kitchen work safer and much more pleasant.


In today’s world most of us are very conscious of what we are doing to the earth’s ozone layer with commercial aerosol air fresheners. When you use essential oils to scent your home, you are providing your family with a much better option and your home will have a delightful aroma. You can scent your home with essential oils in the following ways:

  • Use about 8 drops of essential oil to 2 1/2 cups of water and spray as finely as possible towards curtains and carpets. Test curtain and wood materials before spraying to avoid water stains.
  • Purchase a light bulb ring or use one drop of essential directly on a light bulb in a standing lamp. Make certain the light is turned off before applying the oil because essential oils are flammable. Once the oil is applied, turn on the light and the heat from the bulb will release the scent into the room.
  • Turn a log fire into a fragrant event by applying one drop of essential oil (try cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood) to each log. Your guests will think you are using imported wood for your fire!
  • Diffusers are an easy effective way to scent a room. Wipe them clean before applying a different oil or blend. If you don’t have a diffuser, place a bowl of boiling water with 5-6 drops of essential oil in a centrally located place in the room. Remove the bowl when the water cools and keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Add 4 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and place it close to your heat source in winter months or put as many drops as you like in a humidifier.

Aromatherapy at Home II

Author: Dr. Larita
03/11/2020

Aromatherapy and romance are natural partners so it is logical that the seventh part in our series of aromatherapy at home concerns the bedroom.  If you want essential oils that will keep your bedroom smelling dreamy and enhance the romantic experience, you will want to make a special blend and keep it separate from the regular household essential oil formulas. For a synergistic romantic bedroom blend, spray the following formula in the air and on carpets: 8 drops palma rosa, 1 drop ylang-ylang, 2 drops clary-sage, 2 drops nutmeg, and 4 drops of lime mixed in 2 ½ cups of water.

  • Other great scents of a more general nature to use in the bedroom include chamomile, geranium, lavender, or lemon.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, use a diffuser with a relaxing oil like chamomile or clary-sage on it.
  • You can also wash, dry and store your linens with essential oils (see Essential Oils at Home V) to aid sleep.
  • Put a cotton ball with one drop of your favorite scent on it in the corners of your bedroom closet.
  • Use essential oils on drawer liners and also line the floor of your closet. Don’t use more than one or two drops of oil because you just want a subtle aroma to keep the air fresh, not enough to interfere with your perfume.

Aromatherapy at Home

Author: Dr. Larita
03/10/2020

Many rooms in a home or apartment open onto the hallway and the scents from each room mingle to form a unique aroma that is distinct to that home. Most hallways have no windows so smells linger and fill the area with stale air creating a kind of aroma smog. Hallways need a fresh pleasant fragrance rather than the spicy herb-scented aroma of the kitchen or the heavily scented oils that might be used in other rooms.

A good suggestion for a hallway fragrance is the citrus oils of grapefruit, lemon, lime or bergamot essential oil. Any of these oils can be blended with lavender to give an uplifting aspect or geranium to impart a calming effect. Use the geranium when company is coming because it will make them feel good as soon as they enter your home. If someone has a cold or flu, add 2 to 3 drops of rosemary to the citrus base using a total of 8 drops of essential oil in 2 1/2 cups of water in a plant-spray bottle. Spray the carpet and stairs in your hallway to help freshen up the entire area.

Hallways get a lot of traffic and are likely to gather dust and scuff marks. Washing down the paintwork and baseboards is much more pleasant when you use the uplifting aroma of citrus essential oils, especially when you know that they are also antiseptic, disinfectant and can play other useful roles.


Everybody has to wash their clothes but laundry detergent is expensive and also full of ingredients we don’t need. I just came across a recipe for laundry soap that you can make at home so I’m going to share it with you today. You will need one bar of casteel soap, one cup of Arm and Hammer super washing soda, a half cup of Borax and four cups of hot tap water.

To make the detergent, you first have to open the bar of casteel soap and let it air dry. When it is dry, grate the bar and add it to a saucepan with the hot water. Stir the mixture continually over medium low heat until the soap melts completely. Next, fill a five gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Then add the melted soap, the washing soda and the borax. Stir the bucket until all of the powder is dissolved. Next, you fill the bucket to the top with more hot water, add 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil. Finally, stir the mixture again and then cover it. For ease of use, save an empty laundry detergent bottle and fill it with your detergent. Be sure to shake the bottle before each use.


Natural Air Fresheners

Author: Dr. Larita
03/06/2020

Have you ever heard of chlorofluorocarbons? That is the chemical ingredient in commercial air fresheners that is depleting the earth’s ozone layer and also doing who knows what to your family’s health. Essential oils are a much better option for making your home smell nice. There are several different ways to disperse your oils through the air as we have discussed before (see How To Use Essential Oils III.)

Diffusers are a very easy and effective way to fragrance a room. Be sure you use a diffuser made of a nonporous material so that it can be easily wiped clean when you want to change oils. There are many different types of diffusers on the market these days but even a bowl of boiling water with a few drops of your favorite essential oils added and placed centrally will leave a lingering scent all over the room. Try using the bowl before you purchase any kind of diffuser to see how well it works. If you use a bowl of hot water, remove it when the heat is gone and be careful to keep it out of the reach of children.


baby with coldAll mothers worry about protecting their baby from colds during the winter or anytime they are exposed to other sick children. You should not use essential oil treatments on babies and children as a precaution, because someone else in the home has a cold. To protect your baby, use essential oils diluted in water in a plant spray bottle to use around the house. Spray in the hall outside baby’s room but not in the room.

The easiest way to treat a baby’s cold is to place a small bowl of boiling water to which you have added 3 drops of eucalyptus oil under the baby’s bed at the opposite end from his head. The steam will rise and molecules of the eucalyptus aroma will be released into the room.

You can also use this synergistic blend to treat baby’s cold symptoms:

To use this synergistic blend, place 3 drops on a diffuser in the bedroom for overnight and again during the day. For difficult breathing, place 2 drops on a piece of cotton and place it under the edge of  baby’s pillow. When giving baby a bath, add 1 drop of the synergistic blend to the water and swish it around (for babies and children one to five years old, add 2 drops to the bath.) You can also make a massage oil using 3 drops of the synergistic blend to 2 teaspoons almond oil and massage this over baby’s chest and back.

 


Yesterday we discussed essential oil blends for normal and dry skin that you can combine with your natural bubble bath. Moving forward, today we’re going to talk about oils you can use in the bath if you have problem skin that needs help.

Essential Oils for Greasy Skin

  • Chamomile
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Clary Sage
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Jasmine
  • Neroli
  • Bergamot
  • Cypress

Greasy Skin Synergistic Blend

  • 15 drops lemon
  • 10 drops cypress
  • 5 drops ylang-ylang

Essential Oils for Blemished Skin

  • Geranium
  • Clary-sage
  • Eucalyptus/lemon
  • Eucalyptus/peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Thyme

Blemished Skin Synergistic Blend

  • 15 drops eucalyptus/lemon
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops thyme
  • 5 drops chamomile

Today, I’m going to give you some body and bath essential oil formulas that you can choose from depending on your skin type. You can add these oils to your bubble bath or add it to a carrier oil like almond oil, jojoba oil or liquid shea oil to use as a massage oil.

Essential Oils for Normal Skin

  • Geranium
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Neroli
  • Frankincense
  • Palma rosa

Normal Skin Synergistic Blend

  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 10 drops palma rosa
  • 5 drops neroli
  • 12 drops lavender

Essential Oils for Dry Skin

  • Patchouli
  • Chamomile
  • Palma rosa
  • pettigraine
  • lavender
  • rose

Dry Skin Synergistic blend

  • 10 drops palma rosa
  • 5 drops chamomile
  • 5 drops carrot
  • 10 drops rose

Those two blends are good for many of you so enjoy them. I know there are some of us who have greasy skin or blemishes and I have formulas for you too. I’ll save those for tomorrow.

 


There is nothing more soothing and relaxing than lying back in a bath full of bubbles while the aroma of your favorite essential oils wafts through the air around you. Here is a recipe for a cleansing bubble bath that you can make yourself. Use only 100% pure soap.  You can use either the pure soap flakes or grate your own pure soap flakes from pure soap bars.

RECIPE

  •  8 ounces soap flakes or grated soap
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 2 cups almond oil
  • 2 cups spring or distilled water

Boil the water and melt the soap flakes in it. In another bowl, mix the almond oil and witch hazel together and shake well. This can easily be done in a blender. Slowly add the soap mixture to the blended witch hazel and almond oil and shake or blend again. The end product will be a large enough amount that you can add whatever essential oils you want as you need them. For each 2 tablespoons of base bubble bath, add 15 drops of essential oils and mix well. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons  of your final product (bubble bath blend with added essential oils) in each bath.

 

 


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