Our home and the rooms in it are special to us and of course have different purposes. The living room for example is where we normally go to relax in whatever way we may choose, so it is important to make that room more relaxing, as comfortable and pleasant as possible – that includes the way it smells as well. There are simple ways to make a room more relaxing. Making sure the room is clean and tidy is one of them but in addition to this you can also add scents and aromas that can lift your spirit when you are in your room.
How to Make a Room More Relaxing with Aromatherapy Oils
Some might think of spraying the room with a nice sounding air freshener found at a store. The fact is this may not be a good idea. Those air fresheners may be made of artificial substances that are not good for your health. You don’t believe that? Go online and search for “phthalate esters”, that is one of the toxic substances found in air fresheners. A safer choice will be to rely on essential oils. Essential oils are very aromatic oils which are extracted from plants. Unlike artificially created perfume oils, essential oils have healing properties, and maybe surprisingly they are not actually oily.
Which Essential Oils to Use to Make a Room More Relaxing
So the next question you might ask yourself is which essential oil should be used to make a room more relaxing? There are many of them so the choice will be up to you.You can choose to mix a few of them up or use one specific essential oil.
- Lavender is probably the best known essential oil and it can help to relieve stress and help you calm and wind down.If you are a person who can’t sleep at night, this is the type of oil you want to have in your bedroom.
- Bergamot essential oil can also be used to create a sense of relaxation and happiness in your room. In moments where you feel sad because of something bad that went on, you can rely on bergamot to bring back your relaxed state.
- Geranium is good at calming the nervous system.
- Orange helps balance stress
- Tangerine assists with relaxation.
- Patchouli and ylang ylang help relieve nervous tension.
How to Use Aromatherapy Oils?
Of course having the oil doesn’t mean it will magically spread itself in your room. There are different techniques used to make sure the fragrance of the oil spreads inside your room to make a room more relaxing. The process by which the oil spreads inside a room is called diffusion.
DIY Essential Oil Diffusion
First, get any of the relaxing oils you want. Then place 3 to 4 drops of the essential oil on a small tissue. Place that tissue anywhere near you. As the air passes through it, the aroma will waft through the air.
Another way of doing it is to use hot water. Instead of dropping the oil on a tissue, you can choose put the drops in a bowl on which you have poured some hot water. This is called steam diffusion. The steam from the hot water will spread the fragrance into the room. This technique is very effective; the only downside is you will have to reheat the water after it cools down. There are even better, long lasting ways to make a room more relaxing with oils. Keep on reading.
The DIY methods of diffusion are not bad but they are not as long lasting as other products. If you are willing to spend some money you might want to go for candle diffusers.
They work by putting a night light candle inside a specially designed ceramic container which has a shallow bowl part over the top where a small amount of oil is poured, which is warmed up by the lit candle. The only little risk you might want to take note of is that candles can start a fire. So always make sure to put it in a safe place.
For those who prefer a flameless aroma to make a room more relaxing a reed diffuser is a good and long lasting way of doing it. Basically a reed diffuser is normally an attractively shaped container filled with essential oils inside, and having multiple reeds coming out of it. The reeds are soaked into the liquid which flow upward until the fragrance is released into the air.
So this is basically how to bring these naturally relaxing fragrances into your home and make a room more relaxing. You can choose to do it yourself or just buy any affordable diffuser that you can get.
Remember it is always important to take note of the oil or mixtures of oils used in the product you are buying as different oils have different functions. Whatever your choice you and your family and guests will benefit from the lovely natural aromas that will gently infuse the air in your home.
Neil Maycock writes articles on essential oils, aromatherapy and candles for Aromatherapy Gold