Are The Wonderful Scents In Your Home Killing You?

Did you know there are REAL scents that can actually help you feel better?  They are essential oils.

They are not really oils (so they aren’t oily) but they are extracted or distilled from real plants and flowers.

On the other hand, we have FAKE smells.  They are created in laboratories.  From chemicals.

Yuck.  🙁

This article came about because I saw an ad for a ‘wonderful smell’ that would make you feel like you were on a tropical vacation every time you get a whiff of it.  You will catch the scent every time you walk in the area and every time you walk past you will breathe–are you ready?–chemicals into your beautiful body.

And so will your kids.  And your pets.

Do you really want regular doses of chemicals that you don’t need and your body doesn’t like?  Really?

What’s the option to the fake scented products that make your home smell ‘fresh’ and ‘clean’?

Buy essential oils.

You can make your own blends of essential oils or use them individually.  You can find them at most health food stores.  They come in small bottles.  They usually have testers so you can smell them first.

I am currently using a mix of clove and rosemary in my home.  Smells warm and spicy.

My last batch was lavender, rosemary and red thyme.  Very refreshing and evergreen smelling.

Essential oils are very strong so you need only a few drops to scent a whole area.  There are many ways to scent the air with these precious natural oils.

You can mix with water to dilute the oils and spray them, place them into a reed diffuser (that’s what I usually use), put 4-5 drops straight into  your bath water after it has finished running or add a couple of drops to your shampoo or hand lotion.

Most need to be added to something (like oil or lotion) before being applied to your skin.  The only two that you can apply directly to your skin are tea tree oil and lavender.

As with everything else,  you have to read labels to be sure that you are truly getting essential oils and not something that a chemist in a laboratory brewed up to boost product sales.

There’s plenty of that fake stuff out there.  It’s much cheaper than real essential oils (that’s why manufacturers use it) and the fake scents don’t do you any good–and could do you damage.

 

 

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  1. An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils or aetherolea, or simply as the “oil of” the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential oils do not form a distinctive category for any medical, pharmacological, or culinary purpose.

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