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Essential oils will make for lovely scents but they also purifying and deodorizing your home. Find out how to clean the air with essential oils!
Essential oils are the big thing right now. Everyone has suddenly jumped on the essential oil wagon and for good reason too! Essential oils are very strong and very effective.
These aren’t just lovely smells in a bottle either; essential oils actually have health benefits ranging from acne treatment to mood boosters and everything in between.
But did you know you can clean the air with essential oils?
Knowing that essential oils are so effective, it should come as no shock that you can actually clean the air in your home with essential oils.
At first, it might just seem like you are filling the house with pretty smells but essential oils can actually help purify the air.
Essential oils are not like many “air fresheners” that are on the market; those just mask dirty smells with their fragrances.
With essential oils you get the lovely scents and the benefit of purifying and deodorizing your home.
How to Clean the Air with Essential Oils
Electronic diffusers help disperse the essential oils into the air. Only a few drops and your whole house can be filled with the smell (and benefits) of essential oils.
There are many diffusers on the market. I have and love this one.
You can easily make your own essential oil room sprays with just a few ingredients. This can be a quick way to make your house smell lovely and clean the air.
While reed diffusers are unlikely to disperse essential oils to the same extent as electric diffusers or sprays, they are an inexpensive method and certainly can’t hurt to try.
You can make them yourself for just a fraction of the cost that you would spend on store bought versions.
Scented wax melts have been popular for awhile now. I remember my mom using them all the time.
Unfortunately, store bought wax melts are usually made with artificial scents and some other not so nice ingredients.
Good news is that you can easily make your own by basically mixing wax and essential oils but you can get the full instructions here.
Which Essential Oils to Clean the Air
*Some essential oils are not recommended for children or pregnant women. I’ve made notes of these ones so that you can avoid using them if you have children or are pregnant.
For full details you can check out this post for essential oils and kids and this post for essential oils and pregnant women.
Clove -avoid with children under 2
Eucalyptus – avoid with children under 10
Lemongrass – avoid with children under 2 / avoid during pregnancy
Peppermint – avoid with children under 6
Rosemary – avoid with children under 6 / avoid during pregnancy
Sage – avoid with children under 6 / avoid during pregnancy
Wintergreen – avoid child children / avoid during pregnancy
That's very new to me not to use Eucalyptus or Peppermint essential oil for young kids. None of the books I've read mention that, one actually recommends them as safe for kids 6 months and older. I've been using them for my kids since they were very young.
It's a newer "rule" that came out with Tisserand's book. It's still making its rounds so I'm not surprised you haven't heard about it. It's definitely new like I said. That said, Tisserand himself says it's ok to use them from ages 3-6 if they are diluted enough. But it's easier to just say no Eucalyptus till 10 and peppermint till 6 so that people don't accidentally use it on kids without the proper dilution.
I need to get a diffuser so badly. I want to feel better from ulcerative colitis.
It would be helpful if you would include which scents are dangerous and safe for pets. My understanding is there are differences for cats vs. dogs.
There are essential oils that are unsafe for pets (and you are correct, it’s different for dogs and cats) although it’s typically more of a concern in higher concentrates than with diffusing… that said, it’s usually recommended to diffuse oils for short periods of time and with your pet out of the room. (same would go for cleaning products as long as you can wipe up the product well before your pet enters the room again). Although pets with respiratory issues would be more sensitive to just the smell of essential oils.
You can find a list of unsafe oils for dogs and cats here: https://www.24petwatch.com/blog/are-essential-oils-safe-for-dogs-and-cats