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Smells Like Home

Make your house a haven with essential oils

Written by Alive Staff with Excerpts from Essential Well Being by Sara Panton

You don't have to been passive about the smells that define your home and just how homey it feels. You can create your dream home scent-wise! That's where essential oils come into play. In the book Essential Well Being: A Modern Guide to Using Essential Oils in Beaty, Body, and Home Rituals, author Sara Panton dives into all the ways we can use essential oils for self-care, including to cultivate a sense of home. "For instance, lavender in the bedroom creates a sense of peace and lightness, while grapefruit in the kitchen feels fresh, bold, and crisp."

This season, fill your home with scents to calm, uplift you and your guests. Panton share her favorite essential oils to diffuse in two important rooms: the kitchen (the busy heart of the home) and the bathroom (the oasis you can escape to for a quiet shower or bath).

Bathroom Diffuser Blends.

What makes a diffuser more adaptable than a candle for the bathroom is that you can set the mood or create an oasis even before you enter the space. Each of these diffuser blends was designed for a specific bathroom ritual, and each one plays with the senses at different times of day and in different routines. Add one of these bathroom blends to an ultrasonic diffuser.

Wake Up, Sleepyhead.

A blend that fills your bathroom with the smell of a hundred peeled oranges.

Using citrus aromas in the morning is a subtle way to influence the brain and cue it to way up naturally.

-10 drops of sweet orange essential oil

-5 drops of grapefruit essential oil

-2 drops of lemon essential oil

Morning Spa Session.

A blend that sneaks an early spa moment into your days.

This diffuser blend helps you turn your bathroom into a full-blown spa in the morning. No one needs to know that your five-minute shower smells like a five-star hotel eucalyptus steam room.

-10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

-3 drops geranium essential oil

-2 drops tea tree essential oil

Glowing Girl.

A perfect blend to set the mood for a little rest and relaxation. This is a diffuser bend for late-night bath moments spent with the lights off and the diffuser on. This mix of resinous essential oils combined with floral undertones helps create a sense of ritual.

-7 drops of ylang ylang essential oil

-5 drops of frankincense essential oil

-5 drops of cedarwood essential oil

-2 drops of bergamot essential oil

Kitchen Diffuser Blends.

These blends are great to use in the kitchen on weekends to freshen things up. It keeps things smelling fresh and clean, regardless of the mess on the stove and countertop.

So Fresh and So Clean.

A blend that gives off ultra-fresh vibes at any hour of the day.

-10 drops of spruce essential oil

-10 drops of grapefruit essential oil

The Lazy Housekeeper.

A blend that makes it smell like you just cleaned your house, even when you didn't.

-5 drops tea tree essential oil

-5 drops lemon essential oil

-5 drops peppermint essential oil

-4 drops sweet orange essential oil

-3 drops spruce essential oil

Citrus Fruit Salad.

A blend that smells like you just peeled and plated a giant fresh citrus fruit salad.

-7 drops grapefruit essential oil

-5 drops sweet orange essential oil

-5 drops lemon essential orange

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