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Essential Oils in the Home, Part Two

Essential oils are a natural way to get rid of odor in your home. They can also be used to set mood, spirituality, physical well being, and even in your day to day beauty routine. There are countless ways to use and mix essential oils to meet a users needs. In this post I will share a recipe and a way to deliver the aromatherapy into a home to get rid of smell and to set the energy tone.

homemadesprayFirst, it is important to know not all essential oils are created equal. Some manufacturers cut the oils with ingredients that degrade their purity, and others make synthetic oils. It is best to get an organic oil that is cold pressed or steam distilled and contains only pure aromatic plant oils. The best way to find pure oils is to look at the ingredients on the bottle, which should be dark amber glass.

Now that I’ve shared a very basic idea of how to buy essential oils, the next step is what to buy to get started. Citrus oils  are best for a home with heavy odors and needs to be perked up with energy. These essential oils include tangerine, wild orange, grapefruit, lime, and lemon. On the flip side of the coin if a home has odor and the user wants to introduce calming properties to the room then lavender would work best.

Not everyone wants to spend a lot of money to get started with essential oils. The oils can be pricey and to start using them can be expensive.  An inexpensive method would be to use the essential oil as a room spray. Take a small glass spray bottle with 3 to 4 ounces of water and add 10 to 15 drops of the essential oil. Swirl the mixture gently and just spray in the room and/or area that needs freshened.

I think that is enough for this post which means there will be a part three. Coming soon!

Read the other entries in this series: Part One, Part Three, Part Four .

Real Estate

Essential Oils in the Home, Part One

part 1Being a real estate agent I visit homes on a regular basis. Not only should a home be orderly and clean when being shown, but it should also smell good. A potential buyer can be put off by walking into a home that stinks. The home can be beautiful, orderly,  and clean, however if it smells of pet urine, a litter box, cigarettes, or even a strong food odor, all of which can be turn offs to the buyer.

What can a homeowner do to get rid of that stench and make their home welcoming? Some think the use of chemical cleaners (disinfectant sprays, bleach, etc)  are the answer, however these can be overwhelming and have a negative effect on buyers.

Then there are the perfume sprays, candles, plug-ins, and all sorts of fragrance applications that can be overwhelming and make a buyer with allergies start to sniffle, sneeze, and run for the door.

What’s the answer? For those who know me, I try to live an organic life and embrace different methods for taking care of life’s obstacles. So, my answer to stinky home syndrome is aromatherapy through the use of essential oils. There are dozens of varieties of essential oils, and they can be mixed to get a unique blend to resolve an issue.

Now that I’ve answered the question of what to use to get rid of smell, I realize this isn’t going to be a one part article. There is a lot of ground to cover to explain the how. Part two coming soon!

Read Part Two, Part Three, Part Four.

Real Estate

Six DIY Fall House Tasks

fall-00We all know the drill: You wake up on a Saturday with every intention of doing some pre-winter maintenance but ditch your best-laid plans as soon as you feel the late-summer sun on your shoulders. Take a tip from the experts and avoid putting off till next Saturday (or next year) what you can do in a snap today—whether it’s replacing old weather-stripping or adjusting the pitch of the gutters. You can always put your feet up late, when it’s time to rake the leaves. Continue reading at “This Old House“.