Walk into any grocery or drug store and you can find a variety of products that seek to fill your home with the smell of fruity scents such as apple, watermelon and peach. If fruity scents aren’t your thing then what about the nice warm smell of vanilla or the intriguing aroma of coconut? But, what if those scents are too heavy for you? Surely, one of those odor blocking “fresh breeze” like scents will have your home smelling like you live on a prairie. No matter which is your preferred smell, they all have one thing in common…. THEY COULD BE DAMAGING YOUR HEALTH.
Many people do not know that scents such as apple, peach, vanilla, watermelon, and coconut are manufactured synthetically using a plethora of ingredients that do not have to be disclosed to the FDA. In other words, these fruits and nuts cannot be effectively distilled to produce essential oils. Therefore, companies utilize synthetic chemicals to replicate the smell. And it is this mix of synthetic chemicals that could very well be damaging to your health.
Unfortunately, companies get away with this by labeling their fragrance formula as proprietary. This proprietary label masks harmful substances popular in air fresheners such as phthalates, identified by the State of California as a toxic substance and is “known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm”. And many synthetically made air fresheners also contain formaldehyde. Yes, FOR MAL DE HYDE!
There are many independent studies that validate the harmful effects of synthetic air fresheners (home and car aerosol sprays and plug-ins) on the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and on hormone levels. Synthetic air fresheners can trigger allergic symptoms and asthma. This include both air fresheners with distinct aromas and those that are sold as odor blockers (e.g. fresh breeze like scents).
If you or anyone in your home suffers with allergies or asthma, you should throw away any synthetic air fresheners. If you have a hormone imbalance, you want to dispose of synthetic air fresheners as they may contain ingredients that can disrupt your body’s natural hormone production. Luckily, there is a safe alternative to giving your home and car a pleasant scent: Essential Oils!
By replacing your synthetic air freshener with an essential oil solution, you are not only using a safe solution but you and your family benefit from the natural effects of using essential oils. For example, if someone in your household suffers from allergies you could diffuse a blend of rosemary and lavender essential oils. These essential oils are known for benefitting the respiratory system. Or, if you have a hormonal imbalance then you may benefit from diffusing clary sage essential oil.
If you are looking to just have a lovely scent waft throughout your home, there are many essential oil scents available: Lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, geranium, rose, jasmine, lavender, frankincense, sandalwood, and many more.
Other ways to use essential oils as an air freshener include:
- Put 10 – 12 drops in a spray bottle with water, shake and spray. This is a good one to keep in your bathroom or car.
- Put baking soda in a shaker jar, drop 5-7 drops of essential oils in the jar, shake it up and lightly sprinkle it on your rug.
- Drop some essential oils on a cotton ball and put it in your closet or clothes drawer for a fresh scent. You can even put it under the seat of your car.
As with any use of essential oils, remember to not compromise on quality. You want to purchase high-quality essential oils (i.e. not diluted or adulterated) and don’t be afraid to experiment with creating your own essential oil mix.
Replacing synthetic based air fresheners with essential oils means not only can you customize a scent for your home but you can rest knowing that your are reducing your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals.
So why use essential oils to freshen the air in your home? Because YOU deserve Moore Life!