Handy Essential Oils to Use Around the Home
I wanted to share with you some handy essential oils that you can use with ease.
I don’t like conventional pesticides they are neurotoxins, many of which were developed for use in warfare!
Instead, I like to think about “pests” as a critter in the wrong place. Thus my approach is aversion. I would rather they chose not to be there, than be killed.
What works for cockroaches?
Cockroaches absolutely dislike pennyroyal essential oil.
I am not sure why, I love its minty aroma.
All you need to do to keep them out of cupboards is to put a few drops on a cotton ball and place this in your cupboard.
Essential Oils and Smells
Smells around the home can be unpleasant – but less so than “air fresheners” that add to the particulate matter in the air, and coat everything with a synthetic fragrance.
Whilst my favourite strategies are to:
- Remove the source of the odour, and
- Open doors and windows and exchange the air.
But sometimes there is a need to help “manage” the smells.
In this instance, I am referring to the bathroom/powder room/toilet. You know what I am getting at… 😉
And for Bathroom Smells?
An essential oil that works wonders for this is tea tree essential oil.
You can make up a small spray bottle with water and a few drops of tea tree and use this as needed.
Obviously, opening doors and windows is always a good option. 🙂
Essential Oils and Sleep
Many people recommend lavender essential oil to assist with sleep.
I have heard from many people over the decades which I have used essential oils find that lavender “hypes them up.”
To help get a good nights’ sleep, a good routine is important.
Here’s what I suggest:
- No later than 7pm each evening, turn off wi-fi and all devices (including phones and tablets)
- After your evening meal, go for a short stroll. In Chinese medicine, it is often recommended to walk 100 steps after dinner
- Avoid phone calls and conversations
- If you have a lot on your mind, “dump” it onto paper to clear it from your mind
- Journal or make your days’ gratitude list
- Meditate or pray
What to Use for Sleep?
I think we need to keep our bedrooms as free from anything that the body needs to deal with – and for many of us, we have already had enormous toxicant-exposures through the day.
For this reason, I think it best not to use essential oils.
However, if you are keen to do so, I recommend sweet marjoram and sweet orange.
Chamomile may also be helpful.
Let me know your thoughts.
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