How to Fragrance Your Home the Natural Way
28 jan 2019
It’s always nice to be greeted by a beautiful scent, but many air fresheners and candles can be hiding unnecessary toxins.
Coming home to a sweet smelling abode is one of life’s simple pleasures. Our sense of smell is deeply connected to our emotions and memory, and your home will be making an imprint without you even realising it.
It’s always nice to be greeted by a beautiful scent, but many air fresheners and candles can be hiding dangerous toxins. While your intentions are in the right place, you may inadvertently be exposing your family to harmful or potentially carcinogenic substances.
If you want to improve your health whilst fragrancing your home, here are some options to scent your house the natural way.
Essential oils are a no-brainer for a naturally fragrant home. Studies have proven they can have mood-altering and anti-bacterial effects, helping you to sleep, focus, relax or perk up, depending on your choice of oil.
You can put a few drops into a diffuser, oil burner or add a dab around your door frames, so you will receive a pleasant shower of aroma as you step into a room.
For the bedroom, try something like lavender or or frankincense. For your study area, try rosemary or peppermint. You can even add a few drops to your cleaning spray - essential oils like eucalyptus and lemon are naturally antibacterial and antiviral, while making your home smell divinely fresh.
DIY room + linen spray
Got guests coming over? Sometimes your rooms need a quick refresh, but artificial deodorisers can cause headaches, allergies and nausea and can pollute your home with unnecessary chemicals. Instead, try your own DIY citrus room spray! It’s cheap and will make any room smell freshly cleaned. Mix some lime or orange essential oil with some distilled water, and spray about!
Soy and beeswax candles
Avoid paraffin wax candles at all cost - they might be cheap, but they can also emit carcinogenic substances such as toluene and benzene. Beeswax and soy candles are wonderful alternatives, so look for pure essential oil scents and natural wicks.
It is also quite simple to make your own scented candles (plus it’s a great activity to do with the kids). All you’ll need is some old jars, wax, essential oils and cotton wicks.
Fragrant houseplants not only fill your home with a light natural scent, they can also help to purify the air. Go with a plant like eucalyptus which has a strong, fresh aroma. Placing plants strategically near your front door is also a way to make a great first impression. Try popular varieties like jasmine, rosemary, lavender or gardenia - you can also snip them and display them in a vase for a beautifully fragrant addition to your home.
Activated Bamboo Charcoal
While this one won't add a fragrance to your home, activated charcoal can be used to naturally purify a room, fridge or cupboard from unwanted smells and moisture.
It’s said the negative ionic charge of the charcoal can attract positive ions in the air that cause odours.
Adding a natural fragrance to your home creates a welcoming atmoshphere, but you shouldn't be using it to “mask” unpleasant smells. These odours can be an indication of poor home health and linked to mould or toxic air. Invest in an air purifying conditioner with dehumidifying functions to improve the quality of the air in your home.
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