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Here’s a question for you. Why would you buy a bunch of essential oils when you could save money and freshen your house or apartment with a plug-in air freshener or aerosol spray for a lot less?
The reasons are myriad, but here's why we advocate against plug-ins and most other kinds of chemical air fresheners: formaldehyde, benzene, and other harmful chemicals.
It's Not Just About the Smell: The Essential Oil Difference
According to a report on the University of Massachusetts Amherst website, most air fresheners contain one or more of these harmful chemicals, contributing to the indoor air pollution in your home. As the EPA points out, the air in your home can often be more polluted than the air outside.
Indoor air pollution contributes to a number of physical ailments that offend more than just the body's olfactory system.
These ailments include
- Eye irritation
- And in some cases, serious illnesses, like cancer
Are Essential Oils Really the Best Alternative to Chemical Air Fresheners?
In a word, yes.
While it's understandable that you want your home to smell good, there are better, healthier ways to accomplish this.
The best-smelling essential oils offer you many of the same scents that regular air fresheners do.
Replacing your plug-ins with essential oil diffusers, misters, and carrier oils
Instead of harming your health as air fresheners can, essential oils have been shown to reduce stress by calming the limbic system. The same goes for essential oil blends. These mood-boosting properties are absent in commercial air fresheners.
Moreover, many essential oils also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation is one of the causes of high blood pressure, according to a report on the National Library of Medicine website.
The best essential oil fragrance won't make you sick, either. That's definitely one reason they are superior to the commercial air freshener.
Aside from all of that, essential oils in a spray or in a diffuser just smell lovely in a way that commercial air fresheners don't. Sure, your average air freshener may boast a rose-like aroma, but that doesn't mean it's filled with rose essential oils.
In short, the best smelling essential oil benefits your nervous system in a way that chemical air fresheners can't. An essential oil also pleases your olfactory system, allowing you to create a personal oasis in every place in your home that you use it.
You just need a few drops on some cotton balls or a few pumps of your essential oil mister, and you're good to go.
How to Fragrance Your Home With Essential Oils
Most of the time, the best essential oil is the one you'll use. Fortunately, they're all pretty easy to use.
Typically, when people want to get the benefits of using essential oils, they usually:
- Put sweet orange or peppermint oil (or another scent) in a diffuser
- Buy a spray mister filled with essential oils, like lavender or cinnamon essential oil
- Put them in a carrier oil, like almond or coconut oil, to add a relaxing scent to a massage session
- Apply essential oils, like tea tree or orange essential oils, to cotton balls
- Add them to shampoo or liquid soap, or even to their bath water, to add a pleasant floral scent to their bath time
The Perfect Essential Oil Spray for Each Room of Your Home
Lavender + Eucalyptus Blissy Sleep & Pillow Mist
Lavender and eucalyptus are two popular essential oils that are commonly used for their various health benefits, particularly for sleep and relaxation. Lavender oil is well-known for its calming and relaxing properties, making it a popular choice for those who have trouble sleeping or suffer from anxiety. It is also used to relieve pain and improve skin health.
Eucalyptus oil, on the other hand, is a natural decongestant that is often used to treat respiratory issues, such as sinusitis and bronchitis. Its refreshing and invigorating scent can also help to clear the mind and improve mental focus.
The combination of lavender and eucalyptus essential oils in Blissy's Sleep & Pillow Mist can provide a synergistic effect that can help you relax, unwind, and get a good night's sleep.
Spritz a few sprays above your pillow before bedtime or spray it in the bathroom. Lavender and eucalyptus are especially pleasing and relaxing during a nice steamy bubble bath.
Jasmine + Eucalyptus Blissy Sleep & Pillow Mist
Jasmine is an exotic and fragrant essential oil that is prized for its calming and relaxing properties. Its sweet and floral aroma has been used for centuries in traditional aromatherapy to help reduce stress and anxiety, promote feelings of happiness and well-being, and improve sleep quality.
The addition of eucalyptus to a jasmine-based sleep and pillow mist can enhance the overall benefits of both oils. Eucalyptus has a refreshing and invigorating scent while jasmine can help to soothe and calm the senses. This combination can provide a multi-sensory experience that can help you unwind.
A few sprays of jasmine and eucalyptus pillow mist on your pillow before bedtime can create a serene and peaceful environment, perfect for winding down and getting a good night's sleep.
Jasmine is also an aphrodisiac, so spritz it in the living room while cuddling up on the couch for a romantic night in!
Lemongrass + Eucalyptus Blissy Sleep & Pillow Mist
Lemongrass oil is known for its invigorating and uplifting scent that can help to improve mental clarity and focus. Eucalyptus makes the perfect complement for an even more refreshing aroma.
In the bedroom, a few sprays can help to create a peaceful and serene environment, perfect for winding down and getting a good night's sleep. This blend can help to soothe the senses and promote feelings of calm and relaxation, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep longer.
This blend of essential oils can also be used in other rooms of the house to create a refreshing and invigorating atmosphere. For example, in the laundry room, the fresh and clean scent of lemongrass and eucalyptus can help to neutralize odors and freshen linens.
In the kitchen, this blend of oils can help to purify the air and create a more inviting and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for cooking and entertaining.
Final Thoughts on Benefiting From Essential Oils
Whether you suffer from sleep difficulties, stress, or simply want to create a more relaxing sleep environment, essential oils can help. Our line of Blissy Sleep & Pillow Mists make it safe and easy to add a natural fragrance to any room in your home.
Blissy Sleep & Pillow Mists are ideal for sleeping, but can really be used anywhere you would like to create a fresh aroma in your home. Whether it's the bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, or laundry room, there's a Sleep & Pillow Mist to create the perfect welcoming environment for your home. So shop our Sleep & Pillow Mists today!
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