Essential oils are popular for aromatherapy. They can also be used topically to relieve joint pain and soothe irritated skin. Many people choose to replace household cleaners made with harmful chemicals with natural disinfectants made from essential oils. Disinfecting is important to staying healthy and Thieves oil is a popular oil to keeping germs at bay.  Because there are so many ways to use essential oils, they are a great investment for your household. Here are four ways you can use essential oils in your home.

Freshen the Air in Your Home

One of the most common ways to use essential oils in your home is as an air freshener. Fill an essential oil diffuser with water and add a few drops of your favorite oil to disperse it throughout your home. Not only does this practice leave your home smelling great, but it also allows you to enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of various oils. Use peppermint oil to give yourself more energy, lavender oil to relieve anxiety or bergamot to boost your mood. Lemon oil in the kitchen makes a classic fresh scent that makes a home feel clean.


Stock Your First-Aid Kit

Many essential oils have healing properties that make them wonderful additions to your medicine cabinet. Use eucalyptus and birch oils as local anesthetics to relieve pain caused by minor injuries. Peppermint oil can help relieve headaches when applied to your temples and can also aid digestive issues when applied to your stomach. Use tea tree oil to soothe poison ivy and keep lavender oil on hand to treat minor burns. Tea tree oil has so many uses that it should always be on hand for medical uses.

Deter Unwanted Visitors

No one wants to share their home with insects or mice. It can be difficult to get rid of these pesky visitors once they take up residence so the best way to deal with them is to deter them from entering your home.  Many pests such as fruit flies and mice don’t like the smell of peppermint so placing peppermint oil around your home is usually a good deterrent. Place a few drops of undiluted peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them around your home by doors and windows to keep pests from entering. There are oils that can be used around the perimeter of your garden as well to make sure that your fruits and veggies are saved for your family instead of the wildlife.

Clean and Disinfect Your Home

Many people don’t want to use household cleaners made with harmful chemicals and essential oils serve as a safe, natural alternative. Many oils clean and disinfect as thoroughly as common cleaning products and have the added bonus of making your home smell amazing. Lemon oil is great for cleaning kitchen counters or removing sticky residue and permanent marker from walls. A combination of tea tree and lavender oils makes a great disinfectant for gym bags and yoga mats, while using lavender by itself is a wonderful way to freshen up carpet and rugs. You can even add lemon oil to your favorite dishwasher detergent to give your dishes additional shine.

There are many ways to use essential oils to improve your overall wellbeing. From diffusing them to boost your mood to disinfecting your home, these oils are easy to incorporate into your lifestyle so you can improve wellness. Start using essential oils in these four ways to help create and maintain a welcoming, inviting home that operates efficiently.