5 Essential Oils to Freshen Up Your Cleaning Regimen
CAUTION: As always, be careful when using essential oils and make sure they are not ingested internally. All oils should be supported by a carrier oil, so be sure to double-check your oils before adding them. Never apply essential oils directly onto the skin’s surface without first diluting with a carrier oil.
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published a study in December of 2018 that reported high “killing activity” against the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease. What were these researchers testing against the disease? Essential oils.
These naturally antibacterial powerhouse plant extracts have been used for thousands of years in aromatherapy practices. They’re commonly found in today’s households in the form of diffusers, bath oils, and linen sprays.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, essential oils can provide relief from respiratory infections and congestion. They also provide psychological benefits. This is plant medicine at its finest as these pure cold-pressed extracts are inhaled and then transported at a molecular level through the olfactory system and into the limbic system of the brain.
Black Chicken Remedies, a global essential oil business, informs consumers that because oil mixtures are inhaled and transported to the brain’s limbic system (emotion, memory, behavior reinforcement) they go on to affect other parts of the body, as well – including areas that control blood pressure, breathing, memory, and hormones.
When we think about bringing essential oils into the home, we don’t have to stop at diffusers and linen sprays. Here are a few other suggestions from the best in the industry about how to incorporate essential oils into your cleaning regimen.
Lemon essential oil can be mixed with kitchen cleaners to help disinfect countertops, cut through grease, and leave a lasting lemony scent.
Lavender essential oil is a perfect catch-all oil because of its lightness. Add a couple of drops to your Swiffer pads, dryer balls, or laundry for an uplifting smell with every inhale.
Cinnamon essential oil is proven to have antifungal and antibacterial properties making it ideal for diffusers.
Tea Tree oil is also an exceptional choice for tackling areas in your home prone to bacteria. As an antimicrobial, tea tree oil is effective at healing athlete's foot and head lice. Combine it with baking soda (and a little elbow grease) for an effective kitchen and shower cleaner.
Pine oil is known for its ability to kill germs. Check out this floor cleaning recipe from The Well Essentials to incorporate pine oil into your routine.