OK, there are so many things to do with essential oils that this could in fact be a never ending subject, so I am going to keep this simple. One way to easily start scenting your home is to drop an oil onto a light bulb, or put a few drops onto cotton balls and place them in hidden spots. (Some essential oils, such as peppermint, actually discourage mice and other critters, flies and moths loathe Lavandin.) You can add a few drops of oil to distilled water in a sprayer bottle and use as an air freshener. For the body, add a few drops to an oil such as almond oil or sesame oil and massage into the skin. This has actually been part of the morning ritual in Ayurveda for thousands of years, and they seem to know a thing a two about good skin. (All that turmeric has to help too.) Add up to 25 drops of essential oil/s to 1oz of perfume alcohol to make your own perfume, but let it sit for a couple of weeks before using for best scent. You can add a few drops to witch hazel for a face toner, or add a few more to bath salts before soaking. Another great bath treat is to put sugar into a jar, then cover with a good body oil, then add your own essential oils for a personal body scrub. These are not only natural ways to heal and indulge yourself, they are also cheaper than store bought items and you know for certain what exactly is in them. There are thousands of uses for essential oils, and we use them a lot at our house. In fact, last year my sons had a kindergartner friend over who literally climbed the walls, and I’m not using literally in that nails-on-chalkboard way, I mean he would hold onto the banister and have his feet on the walls, climbing in true Spiderman fashion. He was not the kind of kid I expected to notice much in the way of aesthetics, but one day he took a moment off the wall to ask, “Why does your house always smell so good?” I was thrilled and adored him after that, at least until he traded in his Spiderman antics for pulling down his pants every chance the adults weren’t looking, but that’s a different story.
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