As far as air fresheners are concerned there are the toxic and the natural which one are you filling your home with? See article “Air Fresheners, the bad, the ugly ” for information on the chemical toxic stuff click here.
Changing to natural aromas that fill you home with amazing smells that are also have a therapeutic effect, it is quite easy and like the chemical air freshener business you can spray or plug-in or infuse etc.
You will need a few essential oils – say 6 to 10 different ones. They need to be pure and concentrated NOT bought diluted in any way. That is what you will do, dilute various combinations for various uses.
Buy your oils on-line in larger sizes about 100mls, 250mls to 500mls making them much cheaper than buying the usual 10ml size. Store them well out of direct sunlight and in a cool place.
I suggest you start with
Polysorbate 20 (This ingredient is used in cosmetics and skin care products as a surfactant and emulsifier. It is derived from Lauric Acid and sometimes from fruits and berries. Polysorbate 20 will enable oil and water to mix together).
Equipment using a form of heat
Electrical essential oil warmer
Essential oil atomizer
Essential oil burner with tea lights
Ceramic container to place on a radiator or light bulb
How to use the 4 gadgets using heat to warm the oils
1) Essential Oil Burner – a little water with several drops of essential oil into the well at the top and light a tea light.
2) Radiator Container – a little water and a few drops of essential oil, hang on a warm radiator.
3) Plug-in Oil Warmer – a little water and a few drops of essential oil.
4) Atomizer – fill with water and a few drops of essential oils, switch on.
These gadgets will release the therapeutic aroma into the atmosphere for hours, check them to see if they need topping up.
Equipment using no heat
Plastic (PET) bottles with spray atomizer, they must be made from PET plastic, or glass or metal.
Making a spray – you would combine essential oils and fluids like distilled water, rose-water together, some people add some cleaning alcohol or vodka to the ingredients. You have a choice you can just add them to the spray bottle (as you know the two would settle in the bottle separately) but this isn’t a problem if you shake the bottle well every time you sprayed. Or you could add polysorbate 20, this will combine the fluid and the essential oil together.
The rule of thumb is generally equal amounts of essential oil to polysorbate 20, mix together and then add to the fluid. Shake well, the mixture may well have a slight milky appearance.
The spray could be used in the kitchen or bathroom or on linen.
Reeds – Bottles and reeds – reeds can be bought separately if you wish, so you can use your favourite container.
Which Essential oils used depends on your preferences. Lavender in the bedrooms for a calming relaxing aroma. Maybe a citrus combination smell in the kitchen to mask cooking odours. In the sitting room possibly geranium in combination with other oils, bathroom might be clove and orange, loo possibly peppermint, eucalyptus and lemon. It’s a very personal choice so experiment, it’s fun. If you sign-up on the right I will send you a free ebook “How to use 20 Essential Oils” with an explanation on each one’s therapeutic properties.
Mixing measurements – for every 3oz of fluid use up to 20 drops of essential oils. When considering a combination 1, 2, 3 or 4 essential oils is fine. Some people use alcohol others don’t = 2 oz of distilled water to 1 oz of alcohol, it’s added to increase its shelf-life.
1 teaspoon = 15mls
1 teaspoon = 100 drops of essential oil
Mixing larger amounts
1 pint (16oz) of fluid
1 teaspoon of essential oils (a single oil or a combination of oils)
1 teaspoon of polysorbate 20