Natural essential oils, when used wisely can bring many benefits to our day to day lives. Using Aromatherapy around the home creates an ambience of rejuvenation, invigoration, or soothing calmness and relaxation. Careful and safe blending of these essences also provides us with many ‘green’ ways to clean our homes in addition to infusing our home life with aromas given to us by nature. If you are a beginner to aromatherapy, or wanting to explore and discover more uses for aromatherapy, then try the following recipes.
Remember that essential oils are very strong so follow each recipe with great care. Less is more when making essential oil treatments.
For Attentiveness – 1 drop Cypress, 2 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Lemon, 1 drop Pine.
For Recharging – 2 drops Fennel, 3 drops Juniper, 3 drops Lemongrass.
For Alertness – 2 drops Eucalyptus, 3 drops Rosemary, 3 drops Tangerine.
For Motivation – 2 drops Basil, 4 drops Bergamot, 1 drop Clove, 2 drops Ginger.
For Lucidity – 2 drops Bay, 3 drops Ginger, 2 drops Rosemary.
For Calmness – 2 drops Chamomile, 3 drops Lavender, 2 drops Marjoram.
For Harmony – 2 drops Benzoin, 2 drops Rose, 3 drops Verbena.
For Peacefulness – 4 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Clary Sage, 3 drops Cypress.
For Soothing – 2 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Melissa, 2 drops Patchouli.
To Increase Socialization – 3 drops Litsea Cubeba, 3 drops Rosemary.
To Relax – 3 drops Lavender, 1 drop Sandalwood.
For the Kitchen – 1 drop basil, 3 drops Lemon, 2 drops Rosemary.
For the Bathroom – 1 drop Basil, 3 drops Lemon, 2 drops Rosemary.
For the Bedroom – 2 drops Bergamot, 3 drops Jasmine, 2 drops Ylang Ylang.
For the Office – 2 drops Caraway, 3 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Ginger.
Home Cleaner Recipes
Bathroom Air Freshener Spray
Fill a pump-spray bottle with 500ml of distilled water then add the following essential oils:
- · 5 drops Cinnamon essential oil
- · 5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- · 5 drops Lemon essential oil
- · 5 drops Sage essential oil
- · 5 drops Thyme essential oil
- · 10 drops Bergamot essential oil
- · 10 drops Citronella essential oil
- · 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- · 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
Shake this mixture well before each use. Spray every day to keep your bathroom smelling fresh and clean.
Lavender and Tea Tree Cleaner
- · 1 t. borax
- · 2 T. white vinegar
- · 2 c. hot water
- · 1/4 t. Lavender essential oil
- · 3 drops Tea Tree essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and stir until dry ingredients dissolve. Pour into spray bottle for long-term storage and use. Spray as needed on any surface except glass. Scrub and rinse with a clean damp, cloth.
- · 3 drops Cinnamon Leaf
- · 5 drops Pine Needle
- · 2 drops Frankincense
- · 10 drops Bergamot
- · 1/8 t. Sunshine Concentrate
- · 30 ounces water
Combine essential oils with Sunshine Concentrate and water in a 32 oz. trigger spray bottle. Spray on and wipe surface dry. Disinfects countertops, stove-tops and tile.
- · 1/4 cup baking soda
- · 1 teaspoon vinegar
- · 6 drops lemon essential oil
Instructions: Mix ingredients to make a paste. Apply to interior of microwave with a sponge. Rinse and leave door open to dry for 15 minutes.
Wash the glass turntable by hand. This recipe will get rid of food odors.
- · 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water
- · 10 drops lemon oil
- · 4 drops oregano oil
- · 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
- · 1/4 cup water
- · 1/2 teaspoon liquid Castile soap
- · 5 drops jojoba or olive oil
Basic Wood Cleaning Formula
Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Saturate a sponge and squeeze out the excess. Wash surfaces of tired and dirty wood. The vinegar smell will dissipate soon. Dry with a soft cloth.
Creamy Soft Scrub
- · 2 cups baking soda
- · ½ cup liquid Castile soap
- · 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative)
- · 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, or rosemary.
For exceptionally tough jobs spray with vinegar first—full strength or diluted, scented—let sit and follow with scrub.
There are many more uses for essential oils, which you may wish to explore further. I hope you enjoy this article and have many years of benefit from the information I have included here.
Michelle is an experienced Wellness Psychologist & Wellness Coach