How can I give my room a fresh, natural aroma instead of using air fresheners?
The first step in freshening up your room is to consider what kind of mood you’re trying to achieve. Are you looking for something light and uplifting? Something that will bring you a calming feeling? If so, try essential oils.
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that contain aromatic properties. They’re often made by distilling a plant through steam, water, or cold extraction processes. The result is a pure concentrate of the plant’s chemical components.
Essential oil blends can act as powerful aromatherapy treatments, offering a multitude of healing benefits, including relief from anxiety, stress, pain, and depression.
However, when you choose a blend that contains only essential oils, you’ll also need to keep track of the brand. Different brands produce blends with varying concentrations of each component. So even though both brands may say that their essential oil blend contains 10% lavender, one may actually contain 20%, while another may only contain 5%.
Additionally, many essential oils are toxic (or at least poisonous) to certain species of animals. So make sure to check out the label and avoid any that could potentially harm birds or cats.
Also, because essential oils are concentrated, they don’t last forever. You’ll have to replace your supply once it begins to fade. Some brands offer refill kits that let you reuse the same bottle multiple times.
Another option is to purchase reusable bottles. These will allow you to reuse the same bottle several times, saving you money. You can also make your essential oil blend, which allows you to customize the scent. To do this, simply mix the ingredients listed on the bottle.
While you won’t need to worry about the toxicity of the ingredients, mixing essential oils requires extreme care. This is because they can react badly to one another. For example, lemon essential oil is highly volatile, evaporating easily. As such, You shouldn’t mix it directly with other essential oils. Instead, dilute it with carrier oils.
Plenty of homemade recipes are available online, allowing you to experiment with different combinations of ingredients.