Simple comforts can make a home a haven. Our homes should be a place of refuge for our family members. This past week I’ve talked about some of my favorite ways to make a house feel more like a home.
I have a few more ideas to share about creating comfort in the home…
I never really paid too much attention when my mama began talking about aromatherapy in the 1980s and 90s. Now I feel very blessed to have learned something very wonderful from her. Aromatherapy can be used to help alleviate stress and anxiety, as well as promote relaxation. It might seem silly, but the scents that make me think of home are tea tree essential oil (melaleuca), ylang ylang, and eucalyptus. These were scents my mama used in abundance for cleaning and family wellness, so I naturally gravitate toward items with those scents.
Currently, I love the scent of frankincense essential oil…it is a bit of a splurge, but I just can’t explain in words how wonderful it is. My other absolute go-to essential oils are peppermint and lemon.
When people drop by, I often think that my house just smells like dust and dog. I have wonderful candles made by my dear friend Anna. She has an Etsy shop-CreativeEnchantment and offers wonderful candles and scented soy wax tarts. (If you like sparkles, her creations come with a little surprise!) I have a citrus candle that she made and love how clean and fresh it makes my house smell. Anna’s Etsy shop currently has Pumpkin Pie scented leaf-shaped soy wax tarts that I am eying, which sound perfect for fall.
I am not a big fan of synthetic fragrance oils. My daughter is asthmatic, so certain chemicals trigger her attacks. I used some tips and tricks that I learned from my mama to freshen my home naturally. Instead of buying chemical air fresheners, my mama used essential oils. I now keep a mixture of baking soda and peppermint essential oil near the kitchen sink to use when scrubbing my sink in the evening. I’ve also just sprinkled some in the sink and left it there for a while when I want to freshen up my home before company arrives. I just rinse it down the drain right before they arrive, and my home smells wonderful and I feel more refreshed, too. I always say that scrubbing and shining my sink “smells like Christmas.” I think that is a better option than chemical fragrances any day.
I also make a similar mixture of baking soda and essential oil for sprinkling on my carpet and sofa. Lately, I have been using a doTERRA blend called On Guard. On Guard has wild orange essential oil combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. It makes for a wonderful smelling carpet…and I am not worried about American Bulldog scented carpeting when guests stop by!
Other essential oils that would work well for a carpet refresher are rosemary, lavender, lemon, and grapefruit.
And whether or not you have carpeting in your home, you can always use a diffuser.
Right now, this one is on my shopping list for my home office update!
I am also impatiently awaiting an essential oil blends from doTERRA that becomes available on November 1st. Holiday Joy has me completely intrigued…(It has Joy right in the name, so it must be made just for me!)…which is a blend of wild orange, nutmeg, pine, cassia, cinnamon bark, and vanilla. I’m enchanted by the thought of diffusing this throughout my house, just while typing out the essential oils in the blend!
I also have my eye on a diffuser for use in the car. The Travair Car Diffuser is designed to fit in a car’s cup holder. I think that might be a great Christmas present for my sister (who also has a bulldog!) and for my fella…Likely, I will need to purchase one for my car, too!
I better start pinching my pennies with all the things I am rambling off from my wishlist. Christmas is creeping up quickly!
So whether you are lighting candles or diffusing essential oils, it is really quite easy to use scents to make a home feel more relaxing, more inviting, and more welcoming.
Just for fun, here is an article about why people become “nose-blind” to scents in their homes. (I just thought this short article was pretty interesting.)
Do you use essential oils in your home? If so, share which ones are your favorite and why!