For thousands of years, essential oils have been used as natural remedies to treat everyday ailments. Extracted from tree bark and roots, plant leaves and petals, these highly concentrated oils are believed by many to pack a powerful punch into just a few drops.
You may have heard of the reported health benefits of essential oils, but did you know these natural solutions have other practical uses inside of your home? Find out how you can clean your kitchen counters, sanitize your doorknobs and even deter household pests with these popular home essential oils.
Thieves Essential Oil
“Thieves essential oils were used by robbers and thieves to prevent contracting the plague during the Black Death in the 14th century,” says Celina Harp, holder of an M.A. in Nutritional Sciences and owner of SmartFood Nutrition.
Want to try fighting sickness with thieves essential oil in your home? Mix your own concoction with Harp’s recipe:
Thieves Essential Oil Solution:
- 2 drops clove
- 3 drops cinnamon
- 5 drops lemon
- 8 drops eucalyptus
- 13 drops rosemary
Stir ingredients, then dilute with 1–2 cups of vinegar to safely clean your home.
“Or add ½ cup of witch hazel to make a hand sanitizer,” Harp said.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
According to Harp, tea tree oil is particularly good for killing bacteria and a great way to sanitize your kitchen with a cheap and natural solution.
“To make a basic counter cleaning spray, fill a bottle with half vinegar and half water, and add ½ teaspoon baking soda and ½ teaspoon tea tree oil,” said Harp.
Trying to see the trees budding through smudgy windows?
“To make especially streak-free windows, use all vinegar and tea tree oil,” said Harp.
Peppermint Essential Oil
According to Audrey Christie, RN and certified clinical master of aromatherapy, diffusing peppermint oil in your home may help you to wake up and focus. Additionally, you can use peppermint oil as a natural pest repellent. To deter ants, spiders, and even mice, “Soak a few cotton balls with peppermint oil and stick them in any areas prone to invasions by these pests,” Christie said.
With spring approaching, the outdoors often begins to find its way through your doors. Do you have problems with pests in your house? We’ve got some additional DIY natural insect repellents to help you protect your home.
Citrus Essential Oils
Any citrus essential oil is great for general home cleaning and will also leave your home smelling fresh.
“I generally recommend lemon oil diluted with either witch hazel and water for surface cleaning in bathrooms and kitchens, or diluted with almond oil for furniture polishing,” said Christie. “You can add rosemary oil as well for a nice aroma,” she added.
Pine Essential Oil
According to Dr. Josh Axe, a certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist, pine oil is one of the best natural home deodorizers. Try pine oil as a nontoxic cleaner for your carpets and rugs. Make a stain-remover solution by diluting 15 – 20 drops of pine oil into a bucket of water.
“You can either use a carpet-cleaning device to steam or roll the mixture deeper into carpets,” said Axe. Or, he added, just rub the mixture with a rag into spots. There’s no need to rinse out the oil since it’s all-natural. Just leave in the solution to keep killing bacteria and fighting odors in your home.
Axe also suggested getting rid of unwanted garbage can aromas with a few drops of pine and lemon oil.
“Douse a cotton ball with two drops each of lemon oil and pine oil, and then place the cotton balls at the bottom of your trash cans to help decrease bacteria and odors,” said Axe.
Lavender Essential Oil
“Lavender essential oil is a strong starter essential oil to use and keep around the house,” said Danielle Rosen, senior editor at Central Infusion Alliance.
Dilute 5 –10 drops of lavender oil with a few tablespoons of water and perhaps a pinch of Epsom salt for a stress-diffusing linen and bedding spray.
“Lavender oil gives off a calming aroma that, when placed lightly on fabrics and pillows, can help calm the autonomic nervous system and work as a gentle sleep aid,” Rosen said.
What are other essential oils that you use around the home? Share your favorite essential oil solutions with your fellow Zing Blog readers in the comments section below!
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