Many of us spend tons of money at the store every week on expensive air fresheners, plug in oil fresheners, and more. But you can make your own air fresheners using essential oils and purified water. This way you can experience all of the benefits of aromatherapy, and have absolute control over the products that you are using and know that those fragrances are pure, that you aren’t contributing to the problems of the environment that are a direct result of creating these petroleum and chemical based perfumes.
All air freshener blends contain 120 drops of essential oils in 4 ounces of purified water. The blends can be anything you like, or one scent that is your absolute favorite. The important thing is the ratio. 120 drops: 4 oz. purified water.
Different smells have different feelings to them. Citrus smells are very uplifting, they can make you feel happy and awake and alert. They are also very refreshing and clean smelling, which is probably why many of the popular cleaning products on the market use citrus or pine scents. For a citrus scented air refresher you can use essential oils such as lime, lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, clove, benzoin, petitgrain, cedarwood, and patchouli. Some of these are not citrus oils at all but have similar constituents.
For floral scents some of the obvious choices are rose, geranium, lavender, and jasmine. Some of the others that have similar properties are orange, clove, cinnamon, rosewood, Peru balsam, and ylang ylang. Floral scents are popular among women, and can be a bit overwhelming if overused. If you find that you get a fragrance headache try adding a little more purified water to the blend to dilute the scent a little more.
If you are partial to the clean smells of mint or pine then you can try these blends. Spruce, eucalyptus, cedarwood, rosemary, myrtle, patchouli, spearmint, peppermint, caraway, benzoin, Peru balsam, and clove are nice. These will all produce a warm, clean, comfortable smell.
If spicy smells are your thing, but you don’t feel like baking gingerbread cookies to make the house smell good, try these essential oils. Caraway, anise, cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice, rosemary, coriander, cumin, peppermint, thyme, patchouli, and sage area great choices for spicy smells.
As you can see, there are several of these essential oils that appear in more than one of these categories. Several of these oils share characteristics with one another, which is how they ended up on more than one list. Also some people are extremely sensitive to smell. Should you find that any of these oils in this ratio are too strong, you can add more purified water to the blend. Some people with chronic sinus problems may have problems using anything but the pine or mint scents. These scents are soothing to the sinuses, so these are the best choices to achieve a pleasant clean scent that isn’t going to bother the sensitive people. Remember to shake your room spray vigorously before spraying, as the oil will rise to the top and all you’ll get is water.