By Assia Mortensen
Air fresheners can sometimes leave you with a burst of potentially harmful chemicals along with a pleasant aroma. For a more environmentally-friendly alternative to commercial air fresheners, it couldn’t be easier to make your own using just a cup of purified water in a spray bottle, with the addition of 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils.
Many essential oils have the added benefits of lifting your mood and helping to purify the air. Here are just a few of the multitude of options. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your favorites, such as lavender-rose, pine-clove or citronella-lime.
Lemon oil has both antiseptic and antiviral properties helpful for cleaning the air; and it can be used to add a fresh, citrusy scent to your home.
Pine oil has natural antimicrobial and antiseptic effects, and brings an herbaceous, forest-like scent to your room.
Melaleuca, also known as tea tree oil, has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It fills the air with a refreshing, menthol scent.
Citronella is considered to have both antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. It also keeps insects at bay, so it is useful outdoors as well as in.
Peppermint’s bright and refreshing scent is thought to increase concentration and soothe nausea.
Clove oil has antiseptic properties and some report that it has both an aphrodisiac and calming effect.
Lavender oil is known for its relaxing properties and mixes well with other floral fragrances such as gardenia.
Rose oil is considered especially beneficial for women; and a spritz of rose oil in water has long been used to refresh the complexion.
Bergamot oil is said to reduce inflammation and tends to soothe nervous tension. It also has antiseptic properties.
Lime oil has many disinfecting and purifying properties and offers a light, citrusy fragrance.
Check out this article’s companion piece:
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