Essential oil for home fragrance

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If you’ve ever visited our office, you’ll know right away that we love essential oils! Not only are they a healthy way to give your home a nice scent, but they are also extremely effective sanitizing agents as well!

The 10 must have essential oils for your home are below. Enjoy!

1. Lemon

Not only does lemon smell clean, it’s also a powerhouse filled with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. You can use it to de-grease, sanitize your kitchen, clean flooring, deodorize and even combine with olive oil (10 drops lemon oil with 1/2 cup olive oil) to create a wood/leather polish!

2. Tea Tree

Tea tree is another great oil to keep on hand. It fights germs, bacteria, viruses and bugs. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a spray bottle with water and put an end to pesky insects. Bonus – this combination also makes a great daily shower spray!

3. Rosemary

With antibacterial and antiseptic properties, rosemary is a wonderful addition to any dish soap or laundry detergent. Combine a few drops with peppermint oil in a diffuser for a refreshing blend to keep you focused.

4. Wild Orange

It’s no surprise that many common household cleaners are lemon or orange scented. Let’s get back to the basics and use the oil itself to keep our homes clean (and free of toxic chemicals!). Orange oil is an excellent de-greaser – mix 10 drops with 1/4 cup castile soap and you’ve got yourself a powerful stovetop and counter cleaner. The scent is unbeatable, too!

5. Lavender

One of the most popular oils, lavender is naturally antibacterial and incredibly soothing. To make a beautiful linen spray, combine 5 TB vodka with 20 drops lavender oil and 2 cups of water in a shaker bottle. Sweet dreams!

6. Eucalyptus

Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your next load of laundry – your clothes will smell wonderful and your washer will stay nice and clean as well! A powerful natural germicide, eucalyptus is a great oil to use in the kitchen, bathroom, and anywhere mildew or mold might be found.

7. Peppermint

Peppermint is an excellent oil to rid your home of spiders, ants and other pesky insects! Mix 10-15 drops of peppermint oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray the mix along crevices and anywhere pests like to congregate. As a bonus, the cool, invigorating scent will leave your home smelling fresh and clean!

Here are the best essential oil combos that are so great, they’ll replace your favorite scented candles.

Scent is so important at the yoga studio and at home—but so many candles can be filled with potentially harmful chemicals that release into the air as the candle gives off smoke. (Even soy-based ones we think are super-healthy are often loaded with chemicals!) This is especially true of paraffin-based candles, which are the most popular and least expensive (we’re looking at you, “Warm Vanilla Sugar”).

According to CNN, some of the chemicals candles expose us to include known carcinogens like benzene and toluene, other heavy metals, and paraffins. Given these facts, candles made of beeswax or soy are the best and healthiest options—if you’re going to use candles.

On the other hand, natural essential oils are an option that offer the soothing scents you crave without any of the health risks or smoke. “When we diffuse oils, the air always feels lighter, and somehow more clean than when we burn candles,” says Elena Brower, New York City-based yoga teacher and DoTerra ambassador. What’s more, according to the Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy, “diffusing essential oils releases thousands of oxygenating molecules and negative ions into the air and your environment.” Negative ions have been touted to clear the air of mold spores, pollen, pet dander, odors, and even bacteria. So, if you can get a scent boost and also incorporate those healthful boosts into your yoga studio or home, it’s a win-win.

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Why Scents Are So Powerful

Brower explains that over her two decades of teaching yoga and meditation using complementary essential oils, she’s found that “we can create new emotional pathways using scent, which can have a positive impact on how we process daily challenges and behave amidst confrontation.”

It adds up, scientifically speaking: According to Psychology Today, scents are processed first in the olfactory bulb, from the interior of your nose, before heading back along the bottom of your brain. This matters because your olfactory bulb has direct connections to two brain areas that are strongly implicated in emotion and memory: the amygdala and hippocampus. So when you take in a scent, you are instantly “transported” to a time or a sensation. Visual, auditory, and tactile (the stuff you see, hear, and touch) information does not pass through these brain areas. This may be why scent, more than any other sense, is so successful at triggering emotions—and why it can be so powerful in your yoga practice.

Brower says she changes her scents to go with the flow of the day or her mood: “In the mornings I’ll choose uplifting oils such as Wild Orange or Grapefruit, or oils that are great for focus, such as Peppermint or Eucalyptus. As the day goes on, I’ll add woods like Sandalwood, Cypress or Cedarwood, or change it altogether and blend a flowery scent such as Ylang Ylang with a more calming Vetiver.”

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Better Than Candles: Your New Go-To Essential Oil Blends

So, how do you go about choosing essential oil combos instead of tantalizing candle scents to create an oasis in your home? Here, Brower shares her seven go-to blends, so you can create your own healthier alternatives to common candle scents on your own.

1. Soothing Citrus

Combine three drops of lavender essential oil, three drops of Ylang Ylang, and three drops of Wild Orange. Another variation is three drops of Bergamot, three drops of Wild Orange, and three drops of Cypress.

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Scents have strong associative powers. They inspire memories, trigger moods, and speak to us in ways words often can’t. But in the quest to invite attractive (think: fresh, comforting, calming, and clean) aromas into our daily lives, we’ve twisted scents into artificial, abrasive, and even dangerous chemicals that linger much longer than they should. Air fresheners make for a great example for how a well-intentioned concept can take such a toxic turn. Common air fresheners have negative health effects, but now you can make a safe homemade air freshener easily and affordably that works just as well.

Skip the Toxins

Since the 1940s, air freshener manufacturers have been blending chemical agents and experimenting with various dispersal techniques to market products that don’t require burning, like candles and incense. Practical, yes. Dangerous, also yes.

Conventional air fresheners are often chock-full of chemical colorants, detergents, and perfumes including:

1. Phthalates

Phthalatae are agents found in household cleaners, food packaging, fragrance, cosmetics, and personal-care products, phthalates have been linked to asthma, ADHD, breast cancer, obesity, type II diabetes, low IQ, neuro-developmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development, and male fertility issues. A 2007 review by the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council found that 12 out of 14 widely available air fresheners contained phthalates.


Used as an emulsifier, PEG-40 is linked to asthma and respiratory problems, skin allergies and irritation, development and reproductive toxicity, DNA damage, and cancer.

3. 1,4-dichlorobenzene (1,4-DCB)

Animal studies show that breathing 1,4-DCB can harm the liver, kidney, and blood. The Department of Health and Human Services has determined 1,4-DCB to be a reasonable carcinogen. EPA classifies 1,4-DCB as part of Group C, which means it is a possible human carcinogen of low carcinogenic hazard. California lists 1,4-DCB under Proposition 65, which indicates it is a known carcinogen.

But these harmful chemicals are only the beginning. In one study, researchers tested 74 air freshener products and measured the concentration of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the air after use. The researchers detected more than 350 different chemicals and allergens, including benzene, formaldehyde, and styrene, among others.

Adding Essential Oils

Instead of shunning fresher air altogether, you can integrate a homemade air freshener into your living or work space and enjoy the sensory benefits, without all that junk. Air fresheners made with essential oils can do the trick. Plus, essential oils do more than just make your home smell nice; many offer antiviral, antifungal and even antibiotic properties.

Here’s a handy list of essential oils by property type. Take a look:

1. Antibacterial Essential Oils

2. Antiviral Essential Oils

Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Oregano, Sandalwood, Thyme

3. Antifungal Essential Oils

Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Patchouli, Sage, Sandalwood, Thyme

Air Dispersal Hacks

Any combination of these essential oils can help purify the air in your home. With so many ways to use essential oils to clean your indoor air, they’re easier to use than you think! And once you replace artificial scents with natural ones, you’ll never want to go back.

1. Room spray

It’s easy to make your own spray to mist around your house and freshen the air. Fill a spray bottle with one-half to one cup water and eight drops each of three different air-freshening essential oils. (We recommend mixing wild orange, sandalwood, and clove essential oils. Tea tree, eucalyptus, and lemon also make a fragrant combination.) Mist the spray around your home whenever the air smells stale.

2. Disinfectant cleaner

Dirty homes are stinky homes! Disinfect surfaces with this natural cleaner made using pure essential oils. Simply combine four tablespoons white vinegar, three cups water, and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Use the cleaner anywhere that needs sanitizing or cleaning — counters, toilets, door knobs — it’s a mild cleaner good for any room in your home.

3. Vacuum refresher

Add a few drops of an antimicrobial essential oil to a couple of cotton balls and stick them in your vacuum’s canister. As you vacuum, the essential oil will diffuse throughout your home, cleansing the air and making your whole house smell fresh. You can also douse cotton balls in a refreshing essential oil, such as lemon, and stick them in closets and drawers to keep closed off areas smelling fresh.

4. Diffusion

Spread a fragrant — and powerfully purifying — combination of essential oils throughout your home by using a diffuser or oil burner. Mix a few drops of your favorite essential oils into a portable or plug-in diffuser and breath in the spa-like scent.

5. Stovetop air freshener

If you don’t own a diffuser or an oil burner, you can create your own using a pot of boiling water. Simply simmer a pot of water on your stovetop and add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. The scent of this homemade air freshener will permeate throughout your house. Just remember to keep adding water and essential oil as the water continues to evaporate.

Air Freshener Recipe

This homemade air freshener recipe is inexpensive, easy, and much healthier than common synthetic air fresheners found at the store.

This air freshener recipe is a safe and aromatic way to freshen up the air in your home or work space, without the toxins.

Guest post by Nina Nelson

There are some crazes I steer as far away from as possible. Beanie Baby collections? Nah. Mullets? Shudder. Any comeback of ’90s fashion? No thanks. But essential oils? I’m shouting from the rooftops how much I love them. (OK, so mostly I’m just casually talking about them from my little corner of the web – I am an introvert, after all).

Why am I so in love with essential oils?

First, they’re a natural alternative to so many synthetic options. Derived from plants, essential oils are distilled from roots, leaves, stems and flowers. These natural aromatic compounds have a myriad of properties, from healing to cooking to cleaning.

Second, they’re multi-purpose. As a minimalist who lives in a 275-square-foot school bus, I appreciate that the tiny shelf I’ve dedicated to my essential oil collection is all the space I need to keep my family healthy, clean our tiny space and make it smell amazing.

Third, they’re easy to use. Sure, I still use a handful of herbs on a regular basis, but my EOs are my first line of defense because they work so quickly and I simply need to open the bottle to use them.

How do you use essential oils?

So how do you use essential oils?


Open the bottle, hold it to your nose and inhale deeply a few times. That’s an easy way to use essential oils and one that will help if you’re feeling nauseated, dealing with stress or need to feel energized.

According to the Mayo Clinic, aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions.

You can also place a few drops of essential oils in a diffuser (I recommend the Greenair Spa Vapor Mist

) and turn it on to uplift moods and purify the air.


Got some irritated skin? Dilute 2 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil and rub it in. Or use tea tree oil. Dealing with athlete’s foot? Make an athlete’s foot blend to attack the offending fungus.

Essential oils are typically used topically when you’ve got skin irritation or pain or anything else that would benefit from applying a soothing/cooling/analgesic essential oil.

Dilute in a bit of carrier oil for easier application and absorption (the above ratio works well unless you’re using them with kids – then do 1 drop in a tablespoon of carrier oil). You can also apply essential oils to the bottoms of the feet. The skin there isn’t as sensitive as the rest of your body but the oils still absorb quickly.

Top 8 Essential Oils to Keep in Your Home

There are lots of essential oils available out there. And I’m the first to admit that I have several. But if you’re new to essential oils or you just want to keep it really simple (high-five, friend), consider these eight essential oils a must-have in your home:

1. Lavender

Widely known as the calming oil, lavender essential oil use is pretty mainstream. And for good reason. Lavender essential oil is great for soothing you when you’re stressed, calming down crazy kiddos and helping you ease into peaceful sleep. But did you also know it’s great for burns? And that it soothes irritated skin? It even takes the sting out of bug bites and makes for some great head/neck tension relief.

Ways to Use …

  • Add 5 to 8 drops (depending on your preference) to 2 oz. of water in a mini spray bottle and spritz on pillows and linens before bed.
  • Mix 2 drops each lavender and frankincense in 1 tablespoon coconut oil and apply to temples to take away head/neck tension and relieve stress.
  • Apply neat (undiluted) to fresh cuts, scrapes and wounds to speed healing and kill bacteria.
  • Add 5 drops to a homemade cleaner for antibacterial properties.
  • Diffuse 5 drops in your house to promote peace and calm.
  • Add 2 to 3 drops to one cup of epsom salts and stir into a hot bath for extra relaxation.

2. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oil is antimicrobial and makes a wonderful addition to any homemade cleaning recipe. It’s also used as an expectorant and can be diffused in the air for respiratory issues.

Ways to Use …

  • Add 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap and hot water to the mop bucket to clean your floor.
  • Add 2 to 3 drops eucalyptus to 1 tablespoon coconut oil and rub into your chest when you have a cold.
  • Add 5 drops to your diffuser to clean and freshen the air.
  • Add 5 drops each of eucalyptus and tea tree oil to a 16 oz. glass spray bottle full of water and spray down your shower after each use to inhibit mold growth.
  • Mix 3 to 4 drops into your pet’s shampoo to keep away fleas.

3. Lemon

Lemon is the ultimate degunkifier. Not only will it get the gunk off of your dishes and surfaces, but if you’ve got a congested chest or gunky throat, it will take care of that as well.

Ways to Use …

  • Add 1 drop to 1 teaspoon of honey to soothe a dry or sore throat.
  • Diffuse 5 drops in a room to kill nasty odors and to lift your mood.
  • Apply 1 to 2 drops neat to remove sticky residue (either from your hands or surfaces).
  • Use 3 to 5 drops neat to remove gum from fabric (or hair).
  • Mix 5 drops with 4 oz. unscented liquid dish soap for extra grease-cutting action.

Apply topically with caution if you’re putting it on skin that will be exposed to the sun – it may cause sensitivity.

4. Peppermint

Peppermint can be used to help relieve nausea, increase energy and ease headaches.

Ways to Use …

  • Apply 1 drop to temples and forehead to relieve pain. Don’t get it in your eyes. Trust me.
  • Add 5 to 7 drops to a 16 oz. glass spray bottle of water and use as a cooling spritz when it’s hot out.
  • Inhale deeply from the bottle to relieve nausea.
  • Apply 1 to 2 drops to the bottoms of feet to reduce fevers.
  • Add 5 to 7 drops to a 16 oz. glass spray bottle full of water and spray around molding to keep pests out.
  • Combine lavender and peppermint to make this super simple balm.

Don’t get it in your eyes!

5. Frankincense

Yes, frankincense is a pricier oil, but there’s a reason for the saying, “If in doubt, use frankincense.” I use it regularly to relieve stress and deal with any headaches that might pop up. It also gets added to my baths with lavender and epsom salts

for a super relaxing experience.

Ways to Use …

  • Apply 1 drop to minor cuts to speed healing and relieve discomfort.
  • Apply 1 drop to bug bites and stings for immediate discomfort and itch relief.
  • Apply to temples with lavender to relieve stress and head/neck tension.
  • Apply 1 drop to the temples or bottoms of the feet daily for immune system support.
  • Apply 1 to 2 drops neat to scars on a daily basis to reduce their appearance.
  • Massage 2 drops mixed with 1 tablespoon coconut oil to soothe painful muscles and joints.

6. Tea Tree

Tea tree essential oil is a must in any home. Its germ-destroying, purifying properties make it a powerful addition to homemade cleaners. And its skin-soothing properties work wonders on rashes and owies.

Ways to Use …

  • Apply 1 to 2 drops neat around the base of the ear to treat ear infections naturally. (This is the only reason I’ll use it on my kids, otherwise I keep it out of their reach – make sure they do not ingest it.)
  • Apply 1 drop neat on skin rashes to stop itching.
  • Add 1 to 2 drops to your homemade shampoo and hair rinse.
  • Add 5 drops to cleaning spray recipes to help kill germs.
  • Apply 2 to 3 drops diluted in 1 tablespoon coconut oil to toes and feet twice a day to stop athlete’s foot.

7. Oregano

While oregano essential oil makes few appearances in our home, it’s still a must-have. Oregano has powerful antibacterial properties, and, while it will leave you smelling like pizza, it’s great at helping your body fight illness.

Ways to Use …

  • Dilute 2 drops in 1 tablespoon coconut oil and rub onto toenails plagued with stubborn fungus twice a day until its gone.
  • Dilute 2 drops in 1 tablespoon coconut oil and dab on skin tags to remove them.
  • Apply 1 to 2 drops, diluted, to the bottoms of the feet when you’re fighting bacterial germs, unwanted pathogens (every 4 to 6 hours).
  • Add 1 to 2 drops to homemade cleaners for potent germ-killing properties,

Avoid during pregnancy and always dilute before using.

8. Wild Orange

While you’d probably want to use wild orange for its amazing smell alone (I know I do), you’ll be pleased to find that it’s got a lot of great properties. It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, sedative (seriously!) and used for digestive upset.

Ways to Use …

  • Mix 1 drop with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and rub onto an infant’s upset tummy for relief (a stronger mix can also be used on adults).
  • Massage 2 to 3 drops mixed with 1 tablespoon coconut oil onto the chest at the onset of environmental threats, runny nose, cough.
  • Diffuse 3 drops wild orange and 2 drops lavender for a soothing effect (and amazing smell).
  • Diffuse 5 drops in any room to kill bacteria.
  • Mix 3 drops wild orange, 3 drops peppermint and 20 drops liquid carrier oil in a roller bottle. and rub on the back of the neck for help with focus.

If applying to skin, wait at least 6 hours before sun exposure as it can cause photosensitivity.

Phew! Even though that was just eight essential oils, you’ve still got over 40 ways to use them. And that’s not even all you can use them for! But it’s plenty to help you get started so you can start enjoying the benefits of essential oils.

Want to learn more about how to use essential oils in your home? From today until August 1st, Nina is offering her ebook, DIY Natural Remedies, at 30% off!

Do you use essential oils? What are your favorites?

Nina Nelson writes at Shalom Mama and loves helping families simplify natural living, especially with essential oils. to find out more about where to find high-quality essential oils plus get a free essential oil user guide.

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Love using essential oils to deodorize and naturally scent your home but don’t want to keep a diffuser running all day? These easy essential oil hacks will keep your house smelling incredible whenever you need a quick boost of fresh. Learn the best way to scent your home… naturally.

Using Essential Oils for Scent… When You Don’t Have a Diffuser

The smell of a clean house or freshly-washed laundry is heavenly. A whiff of a fresh fragrance instantly brightens my mood and makes my home feel extra clean.

Unfortunately, most of the commercial products made to scent and deodorize the home are full of dangerous man made chemicals. These dangerous substances can lower indoor air quality and damage your respiratory system.


What’s a mom to do? I gave up my favorite home scenting products (everything from scented candles to deodorizing sprays) for a few years… then I discovered essential oils. They are a safe and effective way to add all-natural fragrance to your home.

How to Use Essential Oils for Home Fragrance

Essential oils smell lovely but they do not have the long lasting power of artificial fragrances. To keep your home smelling great you can:

  1. Run a diffuser that uses electricity and water mist to keep the pleasing aromas of essential oils around all the time.
  1. Use an easy DIY hacks to add essential oils scent to your home…. no diffuser necessary!

How to Naturally Scent Your Home

Keep your home smelling fresh as a daisy with these 30 easy diy air fresheners. Try one (or a few) to naturally scent your home today!

Water Bead Diffuser Jar – Combine water beads, water, and your favorite essential oil and you have a simple diffuser that works through evaporation. Easy tutorial from Life with Love Bugs.

Toliet Paper Diffuser – Freshen bathroom with this easy trick from EK Wetzel. Add a few drops of essential oil in the cardboard tube inside the toilet paper roll. The scent of the oil will release each time the paper is used.

Furnace Filter Diffuser – Scent your entire home in one easy step! Add a few drop of your favorite essential oils to your furnace filter then the scent will diffuse each time the fan clicks on. Full details can be found on the Kids Activities Blog.

Clothes Pin Diffuser – Add a few drops of essential oil to a wooden clothes pin and clip it to a car air vent or floor furnace vent. The wood absorbs the oil and releases the great scent into the airflow. Get the easy tutorial from The Krazy Coupon Lady.

Air Freshener Spray – This all natural Febreeze replacement can be sprayed in any room to deodorize and freshen. It also works great as all-purpose cleaner! Get the easy recipe (and free label) from Bren Did. (I keep a bottle in the kitchen and bathroom at all times.)

DIY Plug In Refill – Love plug in air fresheners but want a more natural solution? Mom 4 Real shows you how to use essential oils as air freshener. You’ll make your own plug in refills with just essential oils and water, no more artificial scents needed.

Reed Diffuser DIY – Reed diffusers are a popular and lovely home decor addition that keep rooms smelling great. It’s easy to make your own diffuser that uses essential oil for air freshener. Tutorial from Moral Fibres.

DIY Gel Air Freshener Jars – These lovely little jars are perfect for scenting small areas such as an office or bathroom. The easy tutorial from Shaken Together uses absorbent crystals, water, and essential oils.

Stick Air Diffuser – This easy air freshener from Free People uses sticks collected outdoors and upcycled bottles to make an eco-friendly air freshener that looks stylish in any room.

Cotton Ball Diffuser Bowl – Need to freshen your home fast? Grab the essential oils and a few cotton balls for the easiest diffuser ever. Just drip and enjoy. Get the full details from The Krazy Coupon Lady.

Terra Cotta Diffuser Magnets – This fun craft makes clay magnets that you can drip with essential oils to scent the kitchen. Get the full tutorial from Hello Glow and make some to match your home decor.

All-Natural Wax Melts – Love wax melts but want to eliminate the dangerous artificial fragrances from your home? These natural melts from Create Craft Love are easy to make and smell amazing when simmering.

Felt Feather DIY Air Freshener – This adorable hanging air freshener from Shades of Blue Interiors is made from felt and thread. Make one for your car, laundry room or closet.

Scented Oil Candles – Grab the olive oil and a jar and you’re halfway to making this easy scented oil candle with essential oils. Get the full instructions and supply list from Little House Living.

Room Freshening Carpet Powder – You can freshen your carpets, vacuum and entire home while you clean! This easy carpet powder from Bren Did uses baking soda and essential oils to freshen your home. Great for homes with pets.

Floral Scented Wax Bars – These lovely wax bars are scented with essential oils and decorated with dried flowers. Hang them in areas that need freshening or place them in drawers for a fresh smelling home. Get the tutorial from eHow.

Wood Cube Air Freshener Cubes – Unfinished wood blocks and essential oils are all you need to make this stylish diffuser from North Story. It’s so simple and so lovely!

Refreshing Kleenex Box -Pry open the container and add a few drop of oil to your tissue box. The cardboard soaks up the essential oils and releases a puff of fragrance every time you pull out a tissue. Get the easy directions from Pop Sugar.

Mojito Scented Gelatin Air Freshener – Water, gelatin, and essential oils are used to make this easy air freshener that scents the room as it evaporated. Get the recipe from A Cultivated Nest (and make your own scent combination).

Easy DIY Rice Diffuser – Add a few drop of essential oil to uncooked rice for an instant scent boost. Get the directions from The Homemade Experiment.

Baking Soda Diffuser Jar – This simple DIY diffuser from Dream a Little Bigger can be made with just two ingredients from your kitchen cabinets: baking soda and essential oils. Try one today!

Felted Wool Air Freshener – This lovely ornament can be used in the car, closet, or anywhere that needs a fresh scent. Get the full instructions from Designer Trapped.

Upcycled Oil Warmer – This genius ideas uses a bent spoon and a candle to warm and diffuse essential oils. Add a bit of coconut oil or olive oil and a few drops of oil to the spoon and the flame does all the work. The post from Napiszemtorna is not in English but it’s self explanatory!

Homemade Floral Potpourri – Scents for the home can double as home decor. Use flowers from your garden to create these beautiful potpourri bowls that are scented with essential oils. Get the tutorial from Free People.

Essential Oil Deodorizer Disks – Use baking soda, water, and essential oils to make these scented disks that can be used to fight odors in diaper pails, garbage cans, and the wash. Full directions can be found at the Diapers, Dirt, Donuts, Doodling and Digital blog.

Braided Leather Diffuser Bracelet – These easy DIY bracelets from Drea Wood are perfect for scenting your personal space and keeping bugs away!

DIY Clay Pot Diffuser – Hearth and Vine combines the absorbent nature of a terra cotta pot with a candle to make this effective warmer that spread lovely fragrance throughout the house.

Wood Air Freshener – Paint an unfinished wood ornament with essential oils to make this lovely hanging air freshener from Lemons Lavender and Laundry. They look lovely in windows too!

Baking Soda Coffee Filter Sachets – These DIY sachets are made from ingredients you probably have on hand! The easy fresheners from Pop Sugar can be used to freshen shoes, closets, and drawers.

Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace – Use terra cotta or white clay to make a lovey diffuser necklace that keep the lovely scent of essential oils close. Apply 1-3 drops of oil to the necklace whenever you need a boost. Get the full tutorial from Mommypotamus.

These easy essential oil projects will keep your home smelling sweet and fresh all year long. Try one today!

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Whether it’s coming from your pets, your children, your spouse, your sewage, or you, sometimes our homes just don’t smell that great. Anyone who has burnt their dinner or has a bad digestive reaction to it knows exactly what I am talking about. And when those odors make it to our noses all we can think of is, “How am I going to get rid of that smell?”

Of course, bad smells aren’t the only reason one might want to use a special aroma just for their home. There are scents that relax us, motivate us, and make us feel like we are in love. Because of this wide array of choices for scents in your home, we thought it was time to focus on the best essential oils for home fragrances.

Below, we will discuss the best essential oils for your home and how they would benefit you and your family.

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Best Essential Oils For Home Fragrance Comparison

Plant Therapy ​​​Lavender
  • Floral scent
  • Relieves anxiety and stress
  • A wonderful sleep aid
​​​Doterra Frankincense
  • Musky, earthy, and sweet
  • Helps with focus
  • Deodorizes
  • Relieves Stress
​​​Lisse Essentials Lemon
  • Strong citrus scent
  • Refreshing and clean
  • Uplifts while relaxing
​​​Young Living Eucalyptus
  • Sweet, minty smell
  • Is antifungal and antibacterial
  • Boosts brain functions
Edens Garden ​​​Sweet Orange
  • Sweet, citrus, orange scent
  • Fights depression
  • Insect repellent
Rocky Mountain Oils ​​​Jasmine
  • Sweet, floral scent
  • Eases anxiety and stress
  • Balances hormones and helps with sleep.
​​​Doterra Citrus Bliss
  • Citrus blend that gives the smeller a burst of freshness
  • Lifts the spirits and relieves stress
  • Boosts immunity and reduces nausea
​​​Good Night by Eden’s Garden
  • Mild relaxing scent
  • Promotes sleep
  • Relieves stress and battles depression
Young Living​​​ Thieves Essential Oil
  • A spicy fragrance that is reminiscent of autumn
  • Boosts immunity, relieves stress, improves blood circulation
  • Eliminates odors, kills bacteria, detoxifies
​​​Blossoms by Rocky Mountain Oils
  • A mix of scents; earthy, floral, citrus
  • Relieves stress, boosts brain function, provides mental clarity
  • Deodorizes, battles stress, and relaxes
Ovvio Oils ​​​Strength Plus
  • A mix of scents; fresh, earthy, spicy, minty
  • Battles infections, boosts energy, relieves stress
  • Deodorizes, kills germs, and fights fungus

What Are Essential Oils?

In short, they are the purest essence of a plant, flower, berry, or bark, that is extracted through several methods including steam distillation and expression. When these methods are used to extract oils, what you have left are the volatile compounds from that plant or plant product. There are myriads of essential oils on the market, and they all contain powerful properties that can aid you in your everyday life.

How Should I Use Them In My Home?

They can be used as powerful deodorizers, tools to help you feel less anxious, and even treat your congestion. It all depends on what you want to use them for.

In Your Cleaning Products

I love using white vinegar to clean my home. Before I was turned onto extracts 50/50 vinegar and water was a fine cleaning solution for me because it works so well. But I didn’t realize that this homemade all-purpose cleaner was getting rid of buildup but not killing many germs.

This is where essences come in. There are so many that are antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial. When you add them to your DIY cleaning products, you are creating a powerful agent to cleanse your home while leaving an amazing scent behind.

Make Fragrance Products

There is a good deal of projects that you can incorporate your favorite scents into. Extracts are used to make everything from candles to wax bars. You can make a carpet deodorizer or stick a cotton ball with essence on it in the middle of your toilet paper roll.

Put some into a bowl of dried flowers and you have potpourri. The possibilities are nearly endless, and they range from easy to difficult, all depending on your expert level.


There are also devices that have been created with the purpose of helping your favorite oils disperse themselves around your home to purify the air and to just make the place smell good. There are several kinds of diffusers available, which I will cover quickly.

Evaporate Diffusers

Clay or terracotta diffusers in the shape of crescent moon necklaces and rings are a popular way of utilizing extracts as room deodorizers. All you need to do is put a few drops on the clay piece and then let it hang, and just as with the cotton balls, the oils will evaporate into the air. The rings are made to sit on a light bulb, but they apply heat which can alter the composition of the oils.

Ultrasonic Diffusers

These devices require water, for the most part, that is put into a basin. Then you put a few drops of your favorite oil or blend into the water, put the top back on, plug it in, and turn it on. You will see a mist come out of it that will have molecules of your oils moving through the air and making the room smell great.

Some of these types of diffusers are multifunctional and can work as a humidifier as well. The way they work is with ultrasonic technology. At the bottom of the water basin, there is a small metal plate that pulsates and breaks up the water molecules into a mist without using heat. The oils are broken up as well and are mixed in with the mist.

They come in interesting shapes like cubes and raindrops. There are models that stay dark, some that have a hint of light, and others that can put on an illuminated rainbow show. It all depends on your preference.

Nebulizing Diffusers

In the world of aromatherapy, these are the diffuser to end all others. Because they are made of wood and glass, the anti-plastic conscious love it. They don’t require water either, which is less messy. And they look beautiful in any decor. These models also come in a wide range of styles and options.

Before You Diffuse

You need to be aware of the fact that certain pets don’t do so well with diffusion so be sure to check if the oil you are planning on diffusing is not harmful to your pet. Also, if you have a breathing disorder, we recommend you ask your healthcare professional before diffusing any oils.

Which Method Is Best?

The answer to this question all depends on what your individual needs are. Maybe you are interested in using a more holistic approach to cleaning your house because you don’t want to add to the constant stream of chemicals making their way into our environment. Then you might want to research how to make cleaning products.

Or, you might want to just get rid of bad odors, then there are several methods we just covered that can handle that for you too. Just as it is with most of life’s decisions, you have to weigh the pros and the cons and make an educated choice. This is why we would like to cover the best scents to have in your home for fragrance sake.

Top Essential Oils For Home Fragrance

There are so many scents available with a myriad of benefits, not to mention all the nasal passage preferences out there that have their own individual preferences. It wasn’t easy to pick out these oils we have below. But, after serious consideration, we felt the oils listed below are the best offerings when it comes to home fragrances.


This term refers to essential oils that are derived from one plant host. They are typically distilled from one batch and bottled right away. So when you purchase a bottle of ‘single’ scent you enjoy, the oils in there should have been extracted from one harvest of their host plant.

Plant Therapy ​​​Lavender

  • Floral scent
  • Relieves anxiety and stress
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I typically start any list I write dealing with aromas with this one because it’s one of my favorites, and it’s the scent that first turned me onto the powers of aromatherapy. You might find that is the case with you too. But I won’t put it on a list just for the sake of doing so. In the context of this piece, this oil is a dynamo when it comes to making things smell good.

Lavender is a scent used in so many cleaning products from laundry soap to room deodorizers. This is for one reason because it smells so good. The best part is, when you use it in the essential oil version, you will reap many more benefits than a spray in an aerosol can.

This oil, when inhaled, is a great way to ease anxiety and stress, give your brain functions a much-needed boost, and can help you find the sleep you have been looking for. Lavender is a great friend to have around the house.

Who Should Purchase This?

Anyone who loves the smell of Lavender should get a little bottle of this for their collection. Not only is it easy on the nose, it’s easy on the skin since Lavender is one of the essential oils that are okay to use topically without dilution with a carrier substance.

If you are unfamiliar with the aroma, you will love it if you are into flowery scents. This one is native to the France, which is synonymous with fragrances that smell fantastic.

​​​Doterra Frankincense

  • Musky, earthy, and sweet
  • Helps with focus
  • caret-right Deodorizes
  • caret-right Relieves Stress

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This scent is for some but not for others. Still, we thought it deserved a spot on our list today because it is powerful when it comes to benefits, and diffusing this oil around your home will not only rid your rooms of foul odors, it will help you focus and help your immune system get going.

Just like the last fragrance we spoke about, Frankincense also relieves stress and helps people battle with negative emotions. You might find, after diffusing this oil for a while, your memory has improved. On top of all that, it kills germs and bacteria that float in the air.

If you are unfamiliar with this scent, if you are Catholic it might remind you of the incense they burn in mass. For those of you out there that practice another religion or none at all, it has a musky, earthy aroma that can be a bit sweet. It is extracted from a specific tree native to Yemen, Oman and the Horn of Africa.

Anyone who is looking for a unique aura should give Frankincense a try. It can be a bit potent so I advise that you go easy at first and slowly work your way up. I personally love this aroma when I am having a hard time focusing on my writing.

​​​Lisse Essentials Lemon

  • Strong citrus scent
  • Refreshing and clean
  • caret-right Uplifts while relaxing

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When it comes to cleaning, this aroma is hard to beat. It is so refreshing, and when you get a whiff of it, your day is instantly brighter. No wonder why so many corporations that creates cleaning products use this scent. Unfortunately, they are most likely using a synthetic version, which will not give you any of the benefits a pure extract can, and it probably doesn’t smell as natural.

Lemon will stimulate you as well as ease your stress, it can disinfect the air we breathe and rid it of toxins and fungus. This popular citrus smell will purify not only the air we breathe but uplifts as well. This is another scent that is great when you are in need of some sleep.

Anyone who loves lemons should give this aroma a try. If you are into bright odors that remind you of sunshine while it disinfects. It is strong smelling when in its purest form so dilution might be necessary, depending on the method you choose to use it.

It should be said that, even though we aren’t talking about topical applications, it is recommended that you avoid exposure to the sun for twelve hours if you put this essence on your skin. The same goes for all the other citrus scents.

​​​Young Living Eucalyptus

  • Sweet, minty smell
  • Is antifu ngal and antibacterial
  • caret-right Boosts brain functions

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If you have ever been a fan of koala bears then you might be familiar with the source of this extract. They are the round leaves of the eucalyptus trees, which happen to be a favorite food of this adorable species.

It’s no wonder they love them so, they smell amazing and come with so many benefits. It works as an antifungal, antibacterial, and is an aid when it comes to brain function. This is the first one on our list that also might help with respiratory issues like allergies and sinus issues. It also helps us fight a foggy brain.

Of course, if you suffer from any respiratory issues we recommend that you consult your healthcare professional before breathing in any oils. These are volatile compounds and can be powerful.

People who love a sweet smell that is also minty in its own way should give this popular aroma a try. When using make sure to dilute according to the directions the producer has provided or those on the device you are using. This oil is pungent so it is best to start small just like we advised with Frankincense.

Edens Garden ​​​Sweet Orange

  • Sweet, citrus, orange scent
  • Fights depression
  • Insect repellent

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This citrus aroma made our list for the same reason Lemon did. Orange is a popular fragrance when it comes to house cleaning, and the proof is in the seemingly endless offerings we see with orange in it on the shelves of our grocery stores. I am talking about the cleaner aisle of course.

All of this attention is for a good reason, it smells great and makes people feel like their house is clean. Just like it’s yellow counterpart, this aroma might help you lift yourself out of that depression. It can also help you sleep and works well in battling insects.

It may sound simple but if you love orange, then this is the bottle you want to buy. It can be strong so make sure to dilute it according to the manufacturer’s directions and, if you happen to apply it topically, make sure it is diluted well and do not go into the sun for twelve hours after application.

Rocky Mountain Oils ​​​Jasmine

  • Sweet, floral scent
  • Eases anxiety and stress
  • Balances hormones and helps with sleep.

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Flowers are a great source of essences because they are just as beautiful when they hit our olfactory organs. Jasmine is no different from any other floral extract. With a smell that has hints of romance with a heavy sweetness, that’s charming.

When you get a good whiff of Jasmine, you might find your stress released and a smile spread across your face. If you are feeling depressed, this is a good selection for the collection. And if you have trouble sleeping, it wouldn’t hurt either.

In short, this aroma can do wonders for your mood, which is not a bad thing for it to linger around your home. While you breathe it in, your hormones just may fall into balance and your anxiety fade away.

I think anyone suffering from anxiety or depression would benefit from a little Jasmine in their home. It’s pretty and floral so women might prefer it more than men. But it is a scent for everyone in its ability to relieve an amazing amount of issues.


This type of essential oil product is exactly what the name implies. They are blends of singles that designers come up with to achieve an overall effect. There are topical blends that help with sore muscles and ingestible ones that aid with digestion. We picked seven that we think would work wonderfully at scenting a home.

Doterra Citrus Bliss

  • Citrus blend that gives the smeller a burst of freshness
  • Lifts the spirits and relieves stress
  • Boosts immunity and reduces nausea

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It’s no surprise we chose a blend that highlights citrus scents because we already put two citrus singles on the list. Let’s face it, citrus scents are great house aromas to have. This one is a combination of Wild Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Mandarin Peel, Bergamot Peel, Tangerine Peel, Clementine Peel, and Vanilla Bean Absolute.

The creative people at doTERRA designed this blend to give your home an uplifting and refreshing aroma. It can be used in your favorite vessel to lift your spirits when you are feeling down, or you can put a few drops in your wool dryer balls to give your laundry an exhilarating aura. Each of the ingredients has benefits of their own.

  • Wild Orange: Mood lifter, air freshener
  • Lemon Peel: Calms and stimulates
  • Grapefruit Peel: Antidepressant and boosts immunity
  • Mandarin Peel: Reduces anxiety and nausea
  • Bergamot Peel: Stress reliever and mood booster
  • Tangerine Peel: Has sedative properties and purifies the blood
  • Clementine Peel: Energizes and relieves stress
  • Vanilla Bean: Antioxidant and antidepressant

Anyone who is a fan of citrus scents will love this blend. It makes everything smell clean and refreshing while it lifts our spirits and gives our brain and mood a much-needed boost. With all those citrus extracts, it’s hard to read this description and not think of summer and sunshine. The vanilla adds a nice mellowness to the mix.

Good Night by Eden’s Garden

  • Mild relaxing scent
  • Promotes sleep
  • Relieves stress and battles depression

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Next, we have a blend that was created with one intention alone, to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. This fragrance, which is gentle in its aroma provides the person smelling it with a feeling of calmness. To design this blend, they combined Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Chamomile, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Key Lime, Lime, and Vanilla CO2.

We can all relate to those nights when there is a lot going on in our lives and our brains just won’t shut off. Maybe it’s not an overactive brain that’s keeping you awake. It could be that you are overtired and your body just won’t let you sleep.

Whatever the reason, sometimes we can’t sleep and that’s where this blend comes in as a favorite for house fragrances. It could be because of the single scents they used to create this blend. Let’s take a quick look at each.

  • Lavender: Reduces anxiety, relieves emotional stress, boosts brain function, promotes sleep
  • Sweet Marjoram: Relieves stress and aids with fatigue
  • Chamomile: Battles depression and anxiety, aids with insomnia, and promotes cardiovascular health
  • Bergamot: Relaxes and sedates, eliminates bad smells, and works as an antidepressant
  • Ylang Ylang: Boosts blood circulation, mood, and immunity. Also battles depression and works as a sedative
  • Sandalwood: Provides mental clarity, relaxes, and calms
  • Key Lime/Lime: Battles depression
  • Vanilla CO2: Promotes sleep and relaxation

This fragrance for the house would be a good scent for anyone who has trouble falling asleep. You can put a few drops on a tissue and slip it under your pillowcase, although that method might leave oils stains on your bed linens. This would be a great aroma for the diffuser.

Young Living​​​ Thieves Essential Oil

  • A spicy fragrance that is reminiscent of autumn
  • Boosts immunity, relieves stress, improves blood circulation
  • Eliminates odors, kills bacteria, detoxifies

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This blend is very popular and I can understand why. Not only is the story behind its creation interesting, but it has an amazing scent that I find does more than just make the house smell good. Thieves was given its name because the oils used to create it are extracts burglars in 15th century France used to rob the dead and diseased of their valuables without getting sick.

Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary are the five ingredients that make up this invigorating blend. This mixture is such a popular one for Young Living that there is an entire line of Thieves products ranging from household cleaners to mouthwash. I personally have the oil and several other Thieves products, which have lived up to the hype in my opinion.

Let’s take a closer look at each ingredient to get a better idea of the multitude of benefits this blend has to offer.

  • Cinnamon: Fights odors, aids respiratory issues, boosts blood circulation, improves mental functions, fights bacteria, detoxifies, and battles depression
  • Clove: Boosts immunity, fights bacteria, relieves stress, aids blood circulation, eases nausea, and repels insects
  • Lemon: Stress reliever, boosts immunity, a sleep regulator, fever reducer, and aids with asthma
  • Eucalyptus Radiata: Boosts immunity, fights fungus, eliminates odors, clears sinuses, and relieves colds
  • Rosemary: Eases headaches, boosts immunity, stress reliever, strengthens brain functions, eliminates odors, and treats respiratory issues

Anyone looking for a fun spicy aroma that reminds you of autumn would be happy with this oil. It’s also a great blend to have if you are interested in making your own cleaning products. Not only does this mixture smell amazing, it has powerful components to kill bacteria and fungi.

Blossoms by Rocky Mountain Oils

  • A mix of scents; earthy, floral, citrus
  • Relieves stress, boosts brain function, provides mental clarity
  • Deodorizes, battles stress, and relaxes

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Who doesn’t love flowers? They remind us of summer, they make us happy, and they keep everything smelling pretty. This blend, created by the designers at Rocky Mountain Oils, takes Sandalwood, Balsam of Peru, Orange, Lime, Frankincense, Patchouli, German/Roman Chamomile mix, Pink Grapefruit, and Ylang Ylang and mixes them in a base of sixty percent fractionated coconut oil.

The intention of this mixture is to lift your mood without being overpowering. It is intended to energize and can be used in a diffuser when you are feeling unmotivated. If you are feeling annoyed or particularly negative, this aroma should help you climb out of it, which isn’t surprising when you look at the benefits of each individual ingredient.

  • Sandalwood: Provides mental clarity, relaxes, and calms
  • Balsam of Peru: Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Orange: Mood lifter, air freshener
  • Lime: Battles depression
  • Frankincense: Helps with focus, deodorizes, relieves stress
  • Patchouli: Deodorizer, battles hypersensitivity, and fights depression
  • German/Roman Chamomile mix: Battles depression and anxiety, aids with insomnia, and promotes cardiovascular health
  • Pink Grapefruit: Boosts immunity and metabolism
  • Ylang Ylang: Boosts blood circulation, mood, and immunity. Also battles depression and works as a sedative
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil: This is a carrier oil

Someone looking for a great everyday scent might enjoy this blend. It has a little something for everyone. It’s earthy, floral, and citrusy all in one, which packs a ton of power in one little bottle, which explains the need to dilute it in a carrier substance.

Ovvio Oils ​​​Strength Plus

  • A mix of scents; fresh, earthy, spicy, minty
  • caret-right Battles infections, boosts energy, relieves stress
  • caret-right Deodorizes, kills germs, and fights fungus

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The final fragrance that we’ve chosen to be one of the best fragrances for home aromas. This mixture of Cinnamon Bark, Cassia, Clove Bud, Lemon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Cajeput, and Frankincense is intended to kill the germs around your house while giving you and your loved ones a sense of coziness and warmth.

In fact, this blend is Ovvio’s answer to Young Living’s Thieves. This version was inspired by French bandits in the 17th century who did the same thing. They covered themselves with this blend and were able to rob sick and dead people without contracting the Bubonic Plague.

This team created it so that lovers of aromatherapy could diffuse a scent that strengthens the immune system, fights disease, and cleans the air all while making your home smell terrific. With the combination in this blend, the benefits per single oil added are astounding.

  • Cinnamon Bark: Fights odors, aids respiratory issues, boosts blood circulation, improves mental functions, fights bacteria, detoxifies, and battles depression
  • Cassia: Antidepressant, antiviral, stimulates circulation, relieves headaches, and fights bacteria
  • Clove Bud: Boosts immunity, fights bacteria, relieves stress, aids blood circulation, eases nausea, repels insects
  • Lemon: Stress reliever, boosts immunity, a sleep regulator, fever reducer, and aids with asthma
  • Rosemary: Eases headaches, boosts immunity, stress reliever, strengthens brain functions, eliminates odors, treats respiratory issues
  • Eucalyptus Radiata: Boosts immunity, fights fungus, eliminates odors, clears sinuses, and relieves colds
  • Peppermint: Boosts energy, aids with allergies, fever reduces, reduces headaches, relaxes nasal passages, and fights germs
  • Cajeput: Battles infections, relieves congestion, combats influenza, tetanus, and other infectious diseases
  • Frankincense: Kills germs and bacteria, boosts immunity, reduces stress and relieves depression.

This would be a good choice for anyone who is interested in the Thieves story and is looking for a little bit extra. The inclusion of Frankincense and Cassia are enough of an interesting mix in this blend to make it worth trying.

To Conclude

No matter what your aromatic preferences lie there is a fragrance out there for you. Try one at a time or get a few. If you are looking to clean your home, get some help falling asleep, or just want your home to smell refreshed. There is a scent for it all.

Of course, if you suffer from respiratory issues or are pregnant or nursing, make sure to consult your healthcare professional before diffusing some scents.

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