How to Incorporate Aromatherapy into Your Daily Life


  • For Scent-Sational smelling towels, sheets, clothes, etc., place a few drop of your favorite essential onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss into the clothes dryer while drying. Add 5 drops essential oil to 1/4 cup fabric softener or water and place in the center cup of the wash.
  • Potpourri which has lost its scent can be revived by adding a few drops of essential oil.
  • Add a few drops of oil to water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener.
  • Add a few drops essential oil to a pan of water and simmer on stove or in potpourri pot.
  • To enjoy a scented candle, place a drop or two of oil into the hot melted wax as the candle burns.
  • To dispel household cooking odors, add a few drops of Clove oil to a simmering pan.
  • For tired aching muscles or arthritis aches, mix 1 part Cajeput, Safe and Basil oil to 4 parts Jojoba or other vegetable oil and use as a massage oil.
  • Ease headache pain by rubbing a drop of Rosemary/Lavender oil onto the back of your neck.
  • To blend your own massage oil, add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil to 1 oz. Jojoba or other skin-nourishing vegetable oil. Don't make too much.
  • Smelly feet or shoes can be remedied by either dropping a few drops of Geranium essential oil directly into the shoes or by placing a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon oil into the shoes. Athlete's foot...Tea tree is great.
  • Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball and place it in your vacuum cleaner bag. Lemon and Pine are nice. Rose Geranium helps with doggy odor.
  • To fragrance your kitchen cabinets and drawers, place a food scent dabbed on a cotton ball in an inconspicuous corner.
  • Are mice a problem? Place several drops of Peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them at problem locations.
  • The bathroom is easily scented by placing oil-scented cotton balls in inconspicuous places or sprinkle oils directly onto silk or dried flower arrangements or wreaths.
  • Apply true Lavender oil and Tea Tree directly to cuts, scrapes, or scratches. 1 or 2 drops will promote healing.
  • An essential oil dropped on a radiator, scent ring, or light bulb will not only fill the room with a wonderful fragrance, but also will set a mood such as calming or uplifting. Don't put essential oil in the socket.
  • A few drops of your favorite oil or blend in the rinse water of your hand washables make for pleasant results.
  • To dispel mosquitoes and other picnic or Bar-B-Q pests, drop a few drops of Citronella oil in the melted wax of candle or place a few drops on the Bar-B-Q hot coals.
  • 1 drop of Lemon essential oil applied directly to a wart is an effective means of elimination. Apply the essential oil daily until the wart is gone.
  • Rosemary promotes alertness and stimulates memory. Inhale occasionally during long car trips and while reading or studying.
  • Neck pillows, padded and decorative hangers make more memorable gifts simply by putting a couple of drops of essential oil on them before giving.
  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of Juniper, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Carrot, Fennel, Rosemary, and Lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend of these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • Essential oils of Vetivert, Cypress, Atlas Cedarwood, Frankincense and Myrrh all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike Lavandin oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of sleep enhancing oils such as Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, Marjoram, or Hops on your pillow before retiring for a restful sleep.
  • When moving into a new home, first use a water spray containing your favorite essential oils and change the odorous environment to your own. Do this for several days until it begins to feel like your space.
  • Ideal scents for the bedroom are Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender or Lemon.
  • 1 drop of Lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer, or oven, add 1 drop of Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Mandarin, or Orange essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • For burns or scalds, drop Tea Tree oil directly onto the affected area.
  • Place 1 drop of Peppermint oil in 1/2 glass of water, sip slowly to aid digestion and relieve upset stomach.
  • Use 1 drop Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children.
  • 6-8 drops of Eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop Geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary on your hairbrush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.
  • When the flu is going around add a few drops of Thyme to your diffuser or simmer in a pan on the stove.
  • To bring fever down, sponge the body with cool water to which 1 drop each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Lavender oils have been added.
  • The blend of Lavender and Grapefruit oil is good for the office. Lavender creates a calm tranquil atmosphere while Grapefruit stimulates the senses and clears up stale air.
  • A blend of Geranium, Lavender and Bergamot alleviates anxiety and depression. Use in a room diffuser or 6-8 drops of this blend in the bath.
  • A wonderful massage blend for babies is 1 drop Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Geranium diluted in 2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond oil.
  • 1 drop Peppermint oil diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil rubbed on the back of the neck helps to relieve headaches.
Essential oils are very concentrated substances and are external use only. When applying directly to the skin, it is generally advised to use no more than 2% solution unless specifically directed by a doctor or professional Aromatherapist. Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children and pets. Store essential oils in a dark bottle and out of the sun. Check with a professional Aromatherapist, doctor or reference manual when using essential oils during pregnancy. (From Scented Thymes, Newsletter published by Janell Squires and Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy)

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