Using essential oils in the home

Terri FosterDecember 1, 2021

Learn how to replace harmful chemicals in your home using essential oils and create a signature household aroma.

We will discuss:

  • Top 10 essential oils for cleaning
  • Creating a signature household aroma
  • Essential oil diffuser recipes

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How your home smells can leave a big impression. We’ve all had the experience of walking into a room and having the smell be the first thing we notice. Essential oils can help you utilize that power of scent in your home and help you create a custom atmosphere that you love.

There are even a few ways you can cleverly use essential oils to add or even remove scent in your home. I have a sneaky little hack for you.

There was a time when we had 3 teenagers, many pets and a toddler in our little home. I called our home “Foster’s Farm.” If someone was stopping by or my husband was on his way home from work I had a sneaky little routine. I would pick all the toys up, do the dishes and vacuum the floors. Then grab my homemade room spray with peppermint and lemon essential oils and spray it around the house, the couch, the curtains, the bathrooms and start the diffusers.

My husband would walk in the front door and say, “wow, the house looks so clean and fresh” every single time. My guests would say, “you have a cat?” Yep, it was sneaky but effective.

Cleaning with essential oils

It’s the holidays and most of us are preparing our home for family and friends.

Replacing toxic cleaning products with essential oils is simple and affordable. Start with the basics: vinegar, baking soda, castile soap and olive oil and you can clean your entire home!

Essential oils for cleaning:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon
  • Arborvitae
  • Eucalyptus

For more information on Low Tox Living I have a previous blog post, handout and video training: https://www.iambionicwoman.com/low-tox-home-swaps-and-recipes/

Here is a pdf ebook with some easy recipes and low tox swaps using essential oils.

Create a signature scent for your home using essential oils

You can’t mess this up! If you don’t like the blend you make just toss it and start all over again. Try picking one of your favorite essential oils and see what oils go well with it.

To show you how uncreative you can be. The signature scent in our home is Peppermint, Rosemary and Lime. It is fresh and uplifting, just the way I like it.

  • Citrus essential oils like wild orange, lime, lemon, bergamot are fruity and clean. Citrus oils are often top notes which means they are the first scent you smell and the quickest to evaporate.
  • Spice essential oils such as cinnamon bark, cassia, cardamom and black pepper are often warm-smelling. Spice oils are often middle to base notes which means the scent is slower to arrive and lasts a little longer than a top note.
  • Herb and grass essential oils like Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Patchouli and Marjoram smell like a grassy field in the spring. These oils are usually middle notes.
  • Tree and wood oils such as arborvitae, cedarwood, and sandalwood are grounding and stabilizing much like the roots of the trees they come from. Tree and wood oils are middle to base notes. Base notes are the last scent to arrive but will last the longest.
  • Floral oils like Lavender, Geranium and Ylang Ylang smell much like the flower they come from. Floral oils are most often middle notes.
  • Mint essential oils such as peppermint and spearmint are cool and fresh top notes.
  • Earth oils like vetiver have a smoky earthy scent and are base notes.

Scent families that go well together

Here are some examples of scent families that go well together:

  • Citrus with floral, mint, and spice
  • Spice with floral, wood, and citrus
  • Herb with wood and mint
  • Tree and wood oils with floral, herb, mint, spice, and citrus
  • Floral with spice, wood, and citrus

What is your signature household aroma?

I need to know if you experiment and come up with your own blend. I hope you will share with me! Send me an email at terri@iambionicwoman.com or connect with me on social media @iambionicwoman.

Here are some diffuser blends using the Aroma Essentials Kit. Remove the synthetic fragrances of candles and aerosols from your home and freshen your air with the powerful, pure aromas of doTERRA essential oils.

If you are just getting started using essential oils Aroma Essentials Kit makes it super easy. Just add 5-8 drops of your favorite essential oils or blend to the diffuser, add water to the fill line and press the power button.

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