If you had to give up one of your senses, which one would it be? While there is no “best answer” to that question, it seems as if there has been a shift in public opinion in the last decade. Just eight years ago in 2011, a staggering 53% of millennials claimed they would give up their sense of smell before their cell phone or another tech device, according to the Global Wellness Summit. However, scientific studies and public opinion have swayed in the opposite direction in recent years, and the sense of smell is quickly rising as the king (or queen) of the five senses. Because of the powerful connection between the sense of smell and our brains, choosing the right scents for your home is as important as the cleaning products you buy, or the décor you carefully select.
We’ve rounded up the best essential oils that not only do a great job cleaning your home but are also environmentally friendly, safe for your pets, relaxing to your senses, and of course, keep your home smelling fresh.
Commonly used in steam rooms for its respiratory, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties, eucalyptus oil is a staple of every essential oil collection. This home disinfector and mold stopper is the perfect oil to use in your bathrooms to keep everyone feeling clean and healthy.
Another great cleaning oil, lemon (and other citrus oils), have been used to treat health conditions for thousands of years. One of the most versatile and powerful oils, lemon’s antioxidant properties work flawlessly in the kitchen. Lemon’s clean, natural, and energizing scent creates a comforting space to cook and eat.
This essential oil is great for improving cognitive functions such as memory and creativity. As Shakespeare quotes in Hamlet, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” If you use your living room for reading, working, creating, or conversing with guests, rosemary is the quintessential scent to fill this space.
Extracted from the sweet-smelling jasmine flower, this scent is well known for its antidepressant, antiseptic, and sedative qualities. The aromatic effect of this oil stimulates the release of serotonin in the brain, resulting in an uplifted mood. The floral scent of jasmine is perfect for spaces such as the bedroom, as the relaxing scent promotes restful sleep, relieves stress, and evokes feelings of intimacy.
Peppermint is another great scent to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. The menthol and limonene chemical elements found in peppermint oil stimulates the emotional centers of your brain, which motivate and inspire. Peppermint’s menthol components also give this oil its characteristically strong scent, making it great for masking odors in your home. These qualities make Peppermint oil perfect for your garage, where it serves not only as a pick-me-up for leaving and entering your home, but also as a way to keep it smelling fresh.