Using Essential Oils as Natural Deodorizers and Disinfectants
Autumn is a time when the air cools, windows close and indoor heating begins. The light of day grows shorter while the dark of night increases. Colds, cough and flu generally spike during this time. Using essential oils as natural deodorizers and disinfectants in your space create pleasant aromas, kill disease causing germs and provide therapeutic benefits to you and those around you.
Studies have demonstrated that essential oils have the ability to change the chemical and physical molecular structure of bacteria, viruses and fungi either by killing them or by neutralizing the harmful effects of the germs. Some of the organisms responsible for common infections that have been researched are candida albicans, influenza virus, E. coli, staphylococcus aureas and pneumococcus. Dr. Jean Valnet, one of the pioneers of modern aromatherapy demonstrated that a 2% dilution in spray form killed 70% of airborne staphylococcal bacteria.
There are a number of methods for deodorizing and disinfecting with aromatherapy. An old fashioned way is to heat a pot of water on the stove or radiator and add several drops of essential oil to it. The oils will evaporate and disperse into the air. Electric diffusers are an effective modern way of spreading essential oils throughout the air. Adding oils to natural cleaning products such as castile soap will clean surfaces and the aroma absorbed through the nose will have therapeutic effects. Adding the essential oil to a tissue, cotton ball or cloth will also give you and the space around you beneficial results.
Some essential oils with high antiseptic and antibacterial properties useful for natural deodorizers and disinfectants are:
Bergamot, citronella, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, orange, peppermint, petigrain, pine, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree
Essential oils with antifungal properties are:
Roman chamomile, fennel, geranium, lavender, tea tree
Deodorizing and Disinfecting Recipe- Blend 6 drops each of rosemary and grapefruit essential oils, and 4 drops of lemon essential oil. Add the oil blend to 2 ounces (60ml) of distilled water in a dark glass spray bottle. Shake before spraying. Store in a cool dark place.
Antibacterial Blend- Blend 4 drops each tea tree, lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus organic essential oils and place in an electric diffuser.
Vacuum Cleaner Blend- Add a few drops of lavender alone or in combination with one of the above oils on to a cotton ball and place in vacuum cleaner bag.
Cooksley, V. Aromatherapu: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate and Heal
Harding, J. A Guide to Essential Oils
About the Author
Juniper Wyndfyre is a gifted shamanic healer, Reiki Master and psychic living in New Mexico. She has a certification as a wellness coach, Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher and Yoga Meets Dance Instructor. Juniper teaches classes and workshops on various holistic health topics. All of her services are available long distance via phone or computer. She offers and designs programs for groups and travels upon request. To reach Juniper call 505-862-9343, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.juniperhealingarts.net