Unfortunately, the conventional way of making homes smell good such as air fresheners and candles can cause health issues such as allergies, asthma, and even cancer. Just earlier today I was sitting on the couch, and the smell from the hallway was giving me a headache. What was it? Scented cleaners used by the commercial cleaning company taking care of our apartments at right now. Yes, the scents in cleaners are mostly fake and can cause headaches and well as many other unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.
The problem is that no one wants to walk into a home and smell a foul smell. What can you do then? You can transform your home’s atmosphere with real scents from nature!
This is one of my favorite smells because I love flowers and because it is so calming. We run lavender each night at home and wake up refreshed. If you live in the city rather than in the country, your home can still smell like a field of lavender inside! Lavender may help you wind down after a long, stressful day.
Lemon reminds me of a freshly cleaned home (but not with Pinesol 😉 ). It is such a refreshing smell that you can use to help your children concentrate when they are doing their homework. If you work from home, smelling lemon may help you be more efficient in your work! (source)
Peppermint is a “wake up now” smell to me. Others say it is very calming. It can help you with a little pick-me-up for those days when you just feel sluggish. It is also a scent that will scare away mice and insects such as ants. In addition, breathing peppermint may help with respiratory and sinus issues.
There is nothing like the smell of a freshly-peeled orange. Have you ever saved orange peels and put them in drawers to freshen them up? Others have added dried orange peels to the fire in the fireplace for an added aroma to the home. Orange is another scent that may help you get motivated to get your work done (without stressing you out, of course).
One of my favorite scents, eucalyptus is very refreshing. Eucalyptus is a tree from Australia, and koalas love eating the leaves. The scent may be helpful in resolving respiratory issues while making your home smell amazing! (source)
6. Juniper Berry
Juniper is an evergreen shrub that is found mainly in Europe. If you want the to take a trip to the forest without leaving your home, you can scent your home with juniper berry. Juniper berry also may purify your home of airborne germs.
An herb that grows near the Mediterranean Sea, rosemary is more than a flavor-enhancer to your food. Smelling rosemary may help you to remember those important facts that you keep forgetting (or maybe it’s your keys). In fact, Greek scholars wore rosemary when they took tests to help them remember what they studied! (source)
Frankincense is mentioned in the Bible as one of the gifts that the wise men brought to Jesus when they came to visit Him.
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11
Frankincense was used much in the Bible. Out of curiosity, I took a look, and there are sixteen other references to frankincense besides the verse above. You can see all of them here.
It may help create a calm, peaceful atmosphere in your home, a welcome concept after a long day at work. It has a woody and somewhat fruity scent.
9. Clove bud
This is an excellent scent and essential oil for your home because it may eliminate mold and fungus. It smells warm and spicy. If you want your home to smell as though you have been baking, clove oil may be a great choice (be prepared to bake, though, since your family members may be hungry after smelling it).
Please note that if you have young children or pets in the home, it is important to check what scents you use, since they can be toxic in high concentrations. In addition, I do not recommend scenting your home with candles. Learn the reason here. Many essential oils on the market are diluted with water or alcohol. If you would like to try some quality oils in the scents mentioned above, get in touch with me here right away. I’ll be happy to find out more about you, teach you about the oils, and give them for you to use a few days in your home.
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What is your favorite scent for your home?