What I didn't realize was that it was all of those artificial fragrances that were the main cause of my horrible migraines. I found this out when I eliminated commercial cleaners and air freshening sprays and candles in my house because of my son's asthma. I no longer had the near daily headaches. I now shun the very thing that I loved so much -- my candles and my air freshener sprays. I needed to find an alternative though, because I still really enjoy a clean, fresh smell in my house.
Face it, with four teens and two dogs, there is always some sort of foul smell that needs to be combated. I turned to essential oils. I found that these potent oils not only smell pleasant, they also have aroma-therapeutic properties to them.
I got excited about all of the uses these tiny brown bottles held. Depressed? Try some lavender oil. It is also good for antimicrobial use when applied topically. Got a headache? Peppermint oil is your best defense. You will find that it also calms an upset stomach, as well as a host of other ailments.
I could literally go on and on listing assorted oils and their marvelous attributes, but I won't bore you with that today. Today, I just want to share, with you, the lovely air freshener I made yesterday.
These can either be mixed together in a spray bottle, as I have done today, with distilled water (shake before each use) or used in a diffuser.
Peppermint Extract and Peppermint Essential oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Clary Sage Essential Oil, and Lemon Essential Oil.
- First, fill your mister bottle about 1/3 - 1/2 full with distilled water (if you have a big bottle like I do). These fresheners are best made in small batches so they don't lose their aromatherapy properties, or their scent.
- Second, pour in the peppermint extract. I use the extract for 2 reasons. Because it is made with food grade alcohol, it acts as a stabilizer, so your oil and water don't separate as much and, also, the alcohol works as a preservative, making sure to get the good stuff out of the spray for as long as possible.
- Third, add your essential oils. In this mixture I used approximately 20 drops Peppermint oil, 30 drops Lavender oil, 10 drops Clary Sage, 25 drops Lemon oil. This gives it a nice robust scent. Experiment with your preference between subtle and robust.
Play around with different oils until you find your own signature scent. It really is tons of fun..