Essential oils are one of the absolute best ways to clean, disinfect and scent your home because they are all natural and offer great health benefits in the process. There are a multitude of oils you can use, but the five essential oils listed here are the best when it comes to your daily life.
What are essential oils? Basically, they’re are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor, or “essence,” of their source. They can be used to stimulate your sense of smell or have medicinal effects when absorbed into the skin. They can be used around the home, as pest repellents and even in cosmetics!
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1. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil is a commonly used household scent when it comes to cleaning. It’s cleaning and freshening ability is hard to beat. Lemon oil is not only a powerful antibacterial, it is also a great astringent and antiseptic.
2. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-fungal. It is also a great and all-natural pest deterrent for your home. A few drops of peppermint oil near outside doorways and you’re likely to never see pests in your home because they hate the smell.
3. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is best for making any room refreshed and smelling clean. It is commonly used in products like cold medicines, but it has other great uses as well. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and naturally kills fungus, bacteria, insects, mites and weeds. (It has even been proven to kill the parasite that causes Malaria!) Use in your pantry to ward off insects and moths or in your garden as a natural weed killer!
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree oil has been used for quite some time to aid in the relief of sore throats, coughs, colds and even to heal wounds. It’s a great oral antiseptic, too.
Add a few drops to your mouthwash and use like normal. It has great abilities to reduce and treat gingivitis. Tea Tree oil is also a great all-natural lice repellent. By adding a few drops to your shampoo, you can easily ward off the parasite!
5. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil, like most other oils on this list is an antibacterial, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti viral and anti-inflammatory oil. There are 40 different types of Lavender but all of them contain large amounts of linalool, linalyl acetate, eucalyptol, and camphor.
These are all the ingredients to give Lavender it’s super powers. Lavender oil is a very versatile oil that can be used in a multitude of different ways. It can be used to scent a home naturally right down to your DIY projects!
***While essential oils have a lot of useful health and home benefits, please note that some may cause some side effects. These may include rashes, headaches and allergic reactions. Please refer to each essential oil for possible side effects warnings. Essential oils aren’t meant to ingest.