- Air fresheners contain synthetic fragrances that are not very good for your health and can lead to neurological and immune system damage over time;
- As we explained in the Are you contributing to water pollution blog post, more than 3,000 chemicals add fragrance to consumer goods. The U.N. has designated a third of fragrance chemicals as dangerous. Seven are possible carcinogens, and 15 have been banned from Europe; and
- They overload your senses.
Essential oils are a great and much healthier alternative to conventional air/ room fresheners.
Some great smelling Essential Oils include:
- Lavender, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Lime, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang and Citronella
Here are a few ways to use Essential Oils to freshen up your home:
- Place a few drops of your favourite fragrance into an oil burner with some water. Light the candle to allow the oil to evaporate as the water heats up. Do not let the bowl dry out;
- Refill an existing stick diffuser bottle with essential oil;
- Place a few drops onto an absorbent material like a piece of driftwood that can be left on a table or dresser, the fragrance will slowly release into the room;
- You can also douse cotton wool in an essential oil and place in your cupboard or drawer to freshen up closed areas; or
- Add a few drops of essential oil to some cotton wool and place inside your vacuum cleaner drum/ canister.