Essential Oils Around the Home

by Alison Tweedie

Here are a few examples of ways in which essential oils can be used around the home. The oils given are ones I tend to use but these vary depending on my mood at the time. You can choose the oils whose scent you prefer and create your own blend.

Scented tissues
Place up to 10 drops of chosen essential oil in different places throughout the box of tissues. Seal and leave overnight for the scent to permeate the tissues.
Lavender to calm and soothe
Eucalyptus to clear a stuffy head
Tea Tree to help fight colds and flu.

Bathroom fresh
Add a few drops of essential oil to the inner tube of loo rolls. Replace the rolls in the outer wrapper and leave to infuse.
Lemon verbena gives a fresh scent
Lavender for a peaceful gentle scent
Pine for a fresh outdoor fragrance.

Kitchen wipes
After cleaning the kitchen work surfaces and chopping boards, add a few drops of Tea Tree and Lemon to a clean dishcloth and wipe around units etc. Leaves a fresh clean smell while helping to eliminate bacteria.
Lemon and Tea Tree
Bergamot for a fresh citrus scent.

Floors and walls
Leave a fresh fragrance and help eliminate bacteria by adding a few drops of chosen oil to the water for washing down floors and walls. Also suitable for kennels and stables.
Tea Tree and Lemon for freshness and anti-bacterial action.

Carpets
Make up your own carpet freshener: add drops of essential oils to a container of bicarbonate of soda and shake well to infuse the oils. Sprinkle on carpets and leave overnight; vacuum the following day. This is much kinder to pets and leaves a natural freshness around the home.
Bergamot to help deodorize
Frankincense to create a calming effect.

Vacuum cleaners
Add a couple of drops of essential oil to the filter of your cleaner; if there is no filter, add to a cotton wool ball and leave in the disposable bag. As the cleaner works, the scent is infused into the room.
Lavender for freshness and a light airy feel
Bergamot or Orange for a fresh citrus scent and to eliminate odours
Cedarwood for outdoor freshness.

Burns
Always keep a bottle of Lavender in the kitchen first-aid box. Apply neat to a small burn to help heal and reduce blistering.

Laundry
Add 3-4 drops of essential oils to the fabric conditioner compartment of your washing machine.
Put a few drops of essential oil onto a piece of cotton cloth and place into the tumble dryer with laundry.
Add a drop of lavender to the corners of pillows to help restful sleep (ideal for guests).
Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Sandal-wood.

Waste Bins
Place a kitchen towel at the bottom of your waste bin and add a few drops of oil to the paper before inserting the bin liner. This will keep the bin fresh and germ-free. Also ideal for dustbins; add oil to paper and tape to the inside of bin lid.
Tea Tree, Lavender, Pine, Lemon.

Insects
Keep ants out of the house with a few drops of Peppermint on the doorstep or point of entry.
Apply drops of Citronella to cotton wool balls and leave by open windows to deter flying insects.
Make up a spray with a few drops of essential oils in water to spray plants. The oils deter greenfly, whitefly etc.
Keep horses free of flies with Citronella or Lemongrass rubbed lightly around the head.
Peppermint, Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavender, Tea Tree.

Insect bites
Reduce the risk of infection by dabbing the bite or sting with Lavender. This not only helps to heal but also reduces the itching.
Lavender, Chamomile Roman.

Atmosphere
Create a romantic atmosphere by adding a drop of Rose or Sandalwood oil to a lighted candle or oil burner.
Geranium relaxes and creates a good mood.
Clary Sage encourages conversation and is a rather masculine scent.
Sandalwood relaxes and encourages conversation.
Rose: romantic, extravagant, decadent!

Refresh
Tired? Inhale Rosemary to wake yourself up and stimulate the brain. Very useful for studying and can be taken into exams on a tissue to inhale; the scent helps us to remember.

If a manufacturer can add a scent to a product, so can you! The difference? A natural smell, healthier than chemicals, you choose the scent and it’s very cost-effective.