5 Simple Life Hacks with Essential Oils
Life can be hectic. Here are 5 tips and tricks to keep your family well and home smelling fresh!
First, what are essential oils and why is it gaining so much popularity? Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plant material such as seeds, flowers, leaves, stems or roots. It's often used as an alternative medicine, aromatherapy, or natural disinfectant and cleaning agents. Still, to-date there is no conclusive evidence that prove essential oils can actually cure any health conditions.
1. Let's talk about funk. Bathroom funk. A very simple hack I learned is to add 1 drop of Lemongrass, 1 drop of Grapefruit or Orange, and 1 drop of Bergamot inside the toilet paper roll. It acts sort of like potpourri, except every time you spin the roll, the incredible clean and fresh scents are released. Hubby and the kids love it!
2. Convenient spot cleaning. Be the clean warrior. We run a zoo in this house with two young kids, so spills and icky messes happen often and everywhere. Especially now in cold and flu season, disinfecting is just as important as cleaning. We used to place packs of sanitizer wipes and paper towels throughout the house, but now we keep these disinfectant sprays in strategic places and replaced paper towels with microfibre cloths. These disinfectant sprays are made with 80% ethanol, vegetable glycerin and key essential oils with antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It cleans, disinfects and smells incredible!
3. More restful sleep. Amen. Lavender is one of the most popular scents in aromatherapy known to relieve stress, anxiety and improve sleep. A simple use is to mix a few drops (about 10 drops for a 4oz bottle) of lavender essential oil with distilled water and spray all over the bedding and pjs for a relaxing sleep. What I do instead is mix the lavender essential oil with coconut oil and use as a foot rub. Super relaxing and great bonding time for kids and adults alike.
And there you have it, 5 simple life hacks with essential oils to save the day. If you have other tricks up your sleeves, please do share!