5 Ingenious Ways to Use Essential Oils

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As a fan of essential oils, you probably have more than one special scent. Each essential oil has distinct properties that make it appealing, but they also have far more uses than any package label can list.

Since our family is passionate about finding ways to eliminate the use of chemicals in our homes as well as in our products, we thought you might enjoy learning some new ways to use essential oils.

1. Mother Nature’s Insect Repellent

No matter how you try, do pesky spiders and ants manage to find their way into your home? Not anymore! Instead of using insecticide that can harm your pets as well as your children, try using peppermint oil. Simply add a few drops to a cotton pad and tuck it into the corner of a doorway or window where bugs seem to frequent. You can also make your own insect spray by using a 10:1 ratio of water and essential oil. Simply spray around doorways and windows and say bye-bye to bugs.

2. Refresh Musty Carpets Without Chemicals

Summertime rooms occasionally become musty due to high humidity, and carpets are no exception. If your recreation room needs some sprucing up, just grab your favorite essential oil. In a small bowl, combine peppermint, lemon, or lavender oil with one cup of baking soda. Stir thoroughly and sprinkle on those funky carpets. Let it sit for about 15–20 minutes then vacuum. Your room will be refreshed for just pennies!

3. Crush that Chemical Paint Smell

While a newly painted room certainly gives your home a fresh look, the lingering chemical smell can overwhelm even the most dedicated do-it-yourselfer. You probably didn’t know that stirring essential oil into the paint before you pour it into the roller pan will keep the chemical smell at bay. You’ll need about 10 ml. to do the job, but think of the headache you won’t have after.

4. Calm Car Sickness

There are plenty of remedies on the market that tame the car sickness beast, but both peppermint and lavender oil have a welcome, calming effect on the central nervous system. If someone you love gets car sick on outings, try placing essential oil on cotton balls before you hit the road. Simply tuck them in the corners of the dashboard or behind your head rest where the air conditioning or fan will circulate the scent. It has been known to suppress nausea.

5. Erase Unwanted Permanent Marker “Art”

Now, we’re not suggesting that anyone in your family would actually use a permanent marker on a wall, door, or table top, but if some mysterious artwork popped up when you weren’t looking, the solution is probably already in your home. Lemon essential oil is probably the unsung hero of walls, refrigerators, and many a mom thanks to its ability to remove ink while leaving your surfaces intact.

Do you have tips for using your favorite essential oils? If so, share your advice with us on Facebook or tag us on Instagram. We’d love to learn how you care for your world.

Your friends at Woolzies!