DIY: Aromatherapy Air Freshener

Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to make your own air fresheners with the added benefits of aromatherapy.

8 oz mason jars

8 oz. Mason Jars

What you’ll need:

Small 8 oz. container (like mason jars)
Baking soda
Essential oil

Fill jar approximately 1/4 with baking soda.  Add 8 drops of an essential oil .  You can leave the jar open or poke holes in the lid with a nail.

Here are some aromatherapy tips about the different scents of oils:

lavender oil

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  • Eucalyptus: Purifying and invigorating.
  • Ginger: Stimulate the appetite and relieve headaches.
  • Juniper Berry: Restoring and supporting benefits.
  • Lavender: Promotes a calm and relaxed feeling.
  • Lemon: Refreshing and cheering oil.
  • Peppermint: Refreshing and cooling;  invigorating.
  • Rosemary: Clarifying.
  • Sage: Warming camphor scent.
  • Spearmint: Refreshing and cooling.
  • Tea Tree: Stimulate the immune system.
  • Ylang Ylang: Relax both the mind and body.

I like experimenting with combinations for different rooms, for instance the bedroom has a lavender blend to promote relaxation for a good night’s sleep.  A word of caution though, some undiluted oils may irritate the skin  and should be mixed with water or a “carrier” oil (almond, olive, coconut, avocado, grapeseed, or jojoba)  before direct contact with the skin.  This will also hold the scent longer.  Oils may also stain carpets or furniture and should be tested on a small, hidden area before using as a spray.

DIY info from The Burlap Bag.

Essential Oil information from Swanson Health Products.

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