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5 Smart, Easy Ways to Use Essential Oils in the Home

5 Smart, Easy Ways to Use Essential Oils in the Home

During the time of the Black Plague a family of perfumers robbed the dead.

As perfumers they knew well the antiseptic essential oils, and they infused them in vinegar and rubbed them on their bodies; by doing so they protected themselves from certain death. The famous Vinegar of The Four Thieves recipe, sometimes called Grave Robber’s Blend, is a result of this practice.

That aromatic plants possess antiseptic properties has been known for some time from scientific tests. These plants include (from the most potent to least): thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, orange blossom, maize, poplar, pine, Indian hemp, tobacco, belladonna, hop, and poppy.

Try some of these essential oil formulas in the home when you need their antiseptic qualities:

1. Antiseptic Bathroom Spray
Combine 10 drops of essential oils to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray on area of concern, but don’t rinse.

2. Peppermint Spray for Mice
Mice hate peppermint. Add 2 teaspoons of peppermint to 1 cup of water and spray in areas where you think that mice might frequent.

3. Air Freshening Spritz
Sometimes an area of the home can smell stuffy, and spraying a little essential oil blend in the area can brighten the feeling of the space. Combine 1 teaspoon of essential oils to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, and spray into the air.

4. Sick Room Spray
If someone in the family has an infectious illness such as strep throat, you can spritz some antiseptic essential oils in the room where they are staying.

5. Essential Oil Deodorizer
Place a drop or two of antiseptic essential oils in odor areas of your home.

Caution: Note that you should check with your doctor before using essential oils if you are pregnant or if your immune system is compromised.

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By Annie B. Bond

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4:35AM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

Brilliant article, every year we have a family of mice move in, i'll have to try the peppermint to see if they move next door.

8:04AM PST on Feb 27, 2011

j'utilise souvent des huiles essentielles pour tout nettoyer ,et dans mon alimentation.

4:58PM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

Thank you very much for the suggestions. I'm going to put them into practise.

7:33AM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

I am so happy for making the switch to essential oils, and no longer use any more chemicals in our home. The chemical feel, and smell has gone away and, it feels more like a home should.

5:25PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

Yes, she is. Thanks, Mum!

2:23PM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

thanks for all the great info Christina and others :) isn't mother nature amazing?? :)

1:07PM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

I'm a catch & release spider person, so don't mind having them in my house! However, I have a friend that swears by Lavender for keeping spiders out of her house. She does a 15% solution in water and sprays the small areas they enter her home. Makes a great linen spray too!

4:04AM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

Is there any in particular that will help keep spiders out of the house?

11:07AM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

I love the idea of using these oils in my house, thanks for the info.... it really makes sense, ( no pun intended ).

2:46AM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

There is evidence that cinnamon, rose and thyme oils are effective in killing MRSA and e.coli bacteria. I have read that hospitals in the UK have used these oils in a misting solution delivered by a vaporizer in rooms where patients who had infections from these bacteria were being treated with good results. In this day of overused antibiotics and drug resistant bacteria, surely its time for us to explore alternative treatments with wholehearted dedication!

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