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Aromatherapy - From Bathrooms to Bugs

a·ro·ma·ther·a·py (-rm-thr-p)
n., pl. a·ro·ma·ther·a·pies.

The use of selected fragrant substances in lotions and inhalants in an effort to affect mood and promote health. Courtesy of dictionary.com


In this day and age aromatherapy is a household word.  You will see it on almost every fragrant candle or bag of potpourri to energize, calm or stimulate your mood.   But what is it really ?  How does it work and how can it benefit ?

Aromatherapy - The What - How and Why

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, which are oils created from fragment plants in a compressed or condensed state. The method of use would be by  inhaling or bathing with these essential oils to create a desired change in your state of mind (mood). Essential oils have also been used to deter insects, freshen clothes and even polish furniture. 



How does this work - The essential oils are inhaled or absorbed in the body or through the skin.  "The scent of essential oils is conveyed by the olfactory nerve to areas of the brain that can influence emotions and hormonal responses. " says Michele Erwin for Ancient Healing Arts. "When used in a bath or massage, the oils are absorbed through the skin and carried by body fluids to the main body systems; such as the nervous and muscular systems for a healing effect."

Here are some uses of aromatherapy that Michele recommends in her article. 

Mosquitoes, Ants, Roaches

Use the following oils in a room spray (6 drops per cup of water)

  • Lemongrass


Place a few drops of the following oils, undiluted, in their nests, in the ceiling, or near the places where they may like to enter.

  • Peppermint


Pet Care

Use the following to rid your pets of pesky fleas. Place a couple drops undiluted on the collar. Perfectly harmless to your pet.

  • Citronella
    Cedar wood


Clothes Freshener

Use two drops on a small cloth and add to the dryer for fresh smelling clothes.

  • Bergamot
    Cedar wood
    Petit grain
    Sweet Orange



To discourage the spread of colds in your home, add 4-9 drops of the following to the water of a humidifier, or 6 drops per cup of water for a room spray.

  • Eucalyptus
    Tea Tree


Bathroom Cleaner and Freshener

This may take a little more effort, but is much better for your health and your home than toxic commercial cleansers. Place 2 -3 drops of oil on a wet cloth or sponge and place in the wash water. Then wipe down all surfaces, replacing the oil as necessary. Or use 8 drops to a liter of warm water.

  • Lemon
    Sweet Orange

For an all-around spray that will protect your houseplants and outdoor flowers and encourage healthy growth, use 6-8 drops of the following per 1 gallon of water.

  • Lavender


For tastier and stronger vegetables.

Broccoli - Basil
Cabbage - Thyme
Cauliflower - Thyme
Cucumber - Yarrow
Lettuce - Carrot
Onions - Chamomile
Potatoes - Basil
Tomatoes - Basil


Real Furniture Polish

To put a beautiful natural polish on all your wood furnishings use the following.

Melt 1 cup of natural beeswax, add two cups turpentine, 2 tablespoons soap all dissolved in 2 cups boiling water, then add 10 drops of one of the following.

  • Cedar wood

Before using any of these oil recommendations, use care, some people have the impression that since they are "natural"  must be safe.  As I read somewhere, God made flowers and he also made snake venom - they are both 100% natural, but not 100% safe. Some people have been known to have allergic reactions to some of the above oils so do your research and use common sense.

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