I have learned some amazing things while working with essential oils in my home, which I would like to share with you.
I started dabbling with essential oils after being given a bottle of Lavender. I'm thinking this is probably where everyone starts their adventure into this amazing field! My first very important lesson was that a little bit goes a very long way. Who would have thought that a drop or two would be enough to fragrance an area? I love the smell of lavender, so popped a few dropperfuls onto a dish. Yes, there can be too much of a good thing!
Some of my favorite ways to use essential oils in the house are a drop or two on a radiator in each room (making sure the essential oil you use elicits the appropriate response). When the heat comes up, it smells like heaven. A drop or two on the front of a fan fills your room with fragrance. Even a drop or two on an open window sill brings a wonderful smelling breeze right in every time the air stirs. Don't forget the air conditioning vents. I really get a giggle out of using an all natural lemon potpourri in the living room--it always smells just dusted! Dust on my table? You know these old farmhouses--they get dusty in an hour! Hey, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Practicing everyday aromatherapy has become a way of life for myself and my family.
You really can elicit physical responses with the fragrances you use. I had some success helping my hubby with the nausea that came with chemotherapy using ginger and peppermint oil. I hope you never need it for that reason, but I hear that it also works for morning sickness, stomach ailments and motion sickness. I put a drop of each oil on a business card and keep it in an old pill bottle. When the nausea strikes, you just open it and let the oils do their stuff. (Each card lasts 2 or 3 days).
I have also discovered the pleasure of a personal aromatherapy amulet to wear around your neck. (I carry these on my website--shameless plug!) Another good way to spread the fragrance is to put a few drops of essential oil in the humidifier. Eucalyptus is nice if your nose is stuffy, otherwise, whatever suits your fancy! An added benefit is that many essential oils are antibacterial and anti-fungal so you don't get the gunk build-up that happens with plain water.
I heartily encourage you to make use of essential oils in your day to day life, although I would also encourage a little research as to the oils you use. Everyday aromatherapy adds a whole new level to the ambiance in your home and can do you some good at the same time.
Patricia Morello writes a blog about her business and life at Patricia Rose--A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings. Follow her on Twitter @PatriciaRose.