Discover below how to use essential oils to scent a room and your entire home without using a diffuser.
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that have health and wellness properties. They are linked to reducing pain, inducing meditation, energy boosts, and stress relief.
Peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, and chamomile are amongst the most popular for their organic properties.
If you’ve visited the spa, you’ve experienced the calming essence from essential oils as they are pushed through a diffuser, spreading their soothing attributes through the facility.
Why not get that feeling in your home?
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Adding a few drops of your favorite oil to a diffuser is the most common way to capture the benefits of essential oils.
As the diffuser heats up, it disperses vapor throughout the room allowing the oils’ compounds to seep into every nook and cranny, covering the room in a wonderful fragrance and bestowing its therapeutic properties onto anyone who enters.
Though this is the most common method of using essential oils, it certainly isn’t the only way. There are several other ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils in your household or vehicle without a diffuser.
Note: If you have pets, make sure that you are not using essential oils that are considered dangerous for them. For more information check this article.
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1. A bowl of hot water
Take a bowl of boiled water and add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. You could also scatter fresh or dried flower petals or potpourri. In no time, the compounds will spread, allowing the oil to work its magic.
2. Homemade room spray
This method is similar to the air fresheners we spray to rid foul odors or to add a refreshing smell to a room.
In a spray bottle, add one cup of distilled water. Then, add 10 to 20 drops of your preferred essential oil. Feel free to add more drops based on the strength of the oil. Shake well before each use.
Since oil and water don’t mix it is recommended to add vodka or rubbing alcohol to help the ingredients blend together. Add about 3 tablespoons to the mixture and shake well.
3. Reed diffuser
You can buy this in stores or make it yourself with things stored around the house.
- a glass bottle (I have recycled a bottle from an old diffuser)
- bamboo skewers or reeds
- essential oil (I have used jasmine)
- one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
- a cup of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil
Mix the jojoba oil, almond oil or fractionated coconut oil with 50 drops of your favorite essential oil. Add the rubbing alcohol and stir. Transfer to a glass bottle and place the reeds inside. Label the bottle.
4. A drawer sachet
Many people use sachets to keep laundry, gym bags, and closets smelling fresh. If you are handy, there is a cool way to make your own using essential oils.
You’ll need small bags made of silk, cotton, organza, linen or hemp. You will also need rice, seeds or dried flowers. And, of course, the essential oils.
To make them place the filling of your choice in a container and add from 15 to 20 drops of your preferred essential oil.
Stir well or shake it up and transfer to a small bag. Close the bag with a cord or a ribbon and hang or sit at least two small bags in your desired room or in your car.
Alternatively, you could do this using a sachet or an envelop. Make small holes and place the chosen filling inside after it has been impregnated with essential oils.
5. Tart warmer
Take an old tart burner and place a couple of essential oil drops onto the wax. Don’t have a tart burner? This one has a beautiful design.
6. Potpourri or dried flowers
This method can be used at home or in your car. Simply take a bowl and add a splash of the essential oil of your choice. Then, add potpourri or dried flowers and evenly disperse them in a bowl. Cover the bowl and shake it in order to mix the contents.
Sit the bowl anywhere you’d like the fragrance to linger or you can take some of the dried flowers and tie them together with a piece of thread. Hang them over the rearview mirror in your car.
7. Clothespins and air vents (super-easy)
Take a few clothespins and add few drops of essential oil. Wooden clothespins work best because the material absorbs the oils, locking them in for a longer period of time.
Clip the clothespin onto the air vents in the desired room or the air vents in your car.
8. Incense with essential oils
DIY incense is an easy way to use essential oils to scent a room.
- blank incense sticks
- essential oils
- an oval or long shaped surface
- an eyedropper
- a long glass or plastic container
To make it place the incense sticks flat on the surface. In a separate container, make a mixture of your favorite essential oils. Go with one, two, or even 3 different essential oils.
Using the eyedropper, carefully, transfer twenty or more drops onto the incense, dispersing the oil evenly. Once it’s done, take the incense and store it inside a long container for twenty-four hours or until it dries.
Now they are ready to use and add a lovely scent to your room.
9. Aromatic Candles
Homemade aromatherapy candles have grown in popularity with the widespread use of essential oils.
To fill two small glass containers you’ll need:
- double boiler (or stovetop with boiling water)
- essential oils (20 to 40 drops)
- 60 gr soy wax pastilles or flakes
- double sized dots stickers (optional)
- candle wick holder (optional)
- two candle wicks
- two small heat resistant jars
Heat the soy flakes until they are melted over the double boiler.
Let it cool down for about 4 or 5 minutes before adding the essential oils you have chosen. Mix well.
Meanwhile, take one double sized dot sticker and place it in the center of the jar. Now place the candle wick base on top of the sticker and keep it straight with the holder.
If you don’t have stickers or a wick holder you can secure the wicks by pouring some soy wax at the bottom of the container and inserting the wick with the help of a long piece of wood. And to prevent the wick from moving to the sides, place a wooden stick or a pencil on top of the jar (see image).
Slowly, pour the soy wax mixture into the jar. Once the candle has completely cooled, trim the wick down. Now it’s ready to use.
Important: Don’t forget to use heat resistant containers for your candle making experiments and never leave a burning candle unattended.
✅ If you want to start making your own candles check this selection of candle kits to get you started.
10. Gel air fresheners
Yet another way to use essential oils for those who love crafting, gel air fresheners are just as easy to make as aromatherapy candles and they can be used in your vehicle.
You’ll need plain gelatin, 2 cups of cold water, one tablespoon of salt, essential oils, one tablespoon of vodka (optional), food colorant and a food jar with screw-on tops.
How to make it:
Make the gelatin by boiling one cup of water. Once the water begins to boil add the gelatin sachet and stir until is well dissolved.
Add one spoon of salt and the second cup of cold water. Keep stirring the mixture.
In a separate bowl mix the colorant with the essential oils of your choice and combine with the gelatine.
You can add a tablespoon of vodka to prolong the shelf-life but this is, of course, optional.
Transfer to the container before it solidifies completely.
Leave the containers uncovered and allow them to stand for a few hours.
✅ Essential oils set to give a lovely fragrance to your home.
Essential oils can add wellness and tranquility to your home. Try one of these innovative methods and incorporate the benefits of essential oils into your home today.
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