Bring in the Fresh Scent of Spring Essential Oils
By Caryn Gehlmann
A couple of weeks ago we had a great question from someone who came into our store looking for essential oils for odor elimination. She just bought a house and there were mothballs all over! So of course, it smelled like mothballs. This reminded me that we’re coming in on spring and after having our homes and offices closed up all winter, it’s a good time to use essential oils to clear out old musty smells and replace them with healthy, fresh scents.
To get rid of mothball smell using essential oils, here is our recommendation:
- Choose from one of these essential oils/blends for a strong, fresh odor:
- Put five drops on a cotton ball and place three of the cotton balls in each room or area that needs freshening.
- Then simply change them out every 7 to 10 days, until the odor has been eliminated.
To freshen up your home, office, or car, here is an easy air freshener spritzer:
- Start with a 4 oz. glass bottle with an atomizer cap. Fill the bottle with distilled water until about an inch to the top.
- Add your essential oil or blend slowly – about 1 ml (20 drops) at a time. e3 Purify makes a fantastic air freshener — see additional options below.
- If you want to make your own blend, pre-blend your essential oils in a larger bottle and add 1 ml (20 drops) of this mixture at a time.
- Shake the mixture, spritz the air in front of you, and walk forward with your eyes closed while inhaling deeply. If you can’t smell your blend, or if it isn’t strong enough for you, add another 1 ml (20 drops) and spray again. If the spray is strong enough for you, add more water to fill the bottle to the top (allow a little room for the cap to go back in), and screw the atomizer cap on tightly.
- Tip – Make sure to shake well before each application. Essential oils are hydrophobic (they will float and separate in water), so it’s important to break up the oil as much as possible in the water before spraying.
- Spritz the mixture as high into the air as possible, allowing the fresh scent essential oils more time to fall through the air and renew your surroundings.
To freshen up your carpet. here’s a spring essential oil carpet freshener recipe:
- Combine 30 drops of Revitalize (see more options below) with 16 oz box of baking soda.
- Mix well, since you don’t want any undiluted oils to stain your carpet.
- Sprinkle it on your carpet — you may want to use a salt shaker or something similar to control the amount. Then let the carpet freshener sit for 10-20 minutes before you vacuum it all up. (You can store it in an airtight container for future use.)
Here are some other spring essential oils and blend options that will deliver a powerful fresh scent:
Thyme Sweet (Thymus vulgaris) – antibacterial, antiviral
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – antibacterial, antiviral
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) – antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) – antiseptic and clean fresh scent
Lemon (Citrus limonum) – antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral (Nothing says clean and spring like the crisp, fresh scent of Lemon)
Protection – antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial
(A warm, spicy aroma, this blend combines germ fighting and immune system boosting essential oils: Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus Globulus, Lemon, and Rosemary ct. cineole)
Antiseptic Blend – antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
(A fresh Lemon, Eucalyptus aroma. This blend combines germ fighting and air cleansing essential oils: Clove Bud, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Oregano, Palmarosa, Rosemary ct. Cineole, Sage, and Thyme ct. linalol)
Revitalize – antiseptic, deodorizing, antiviral
(A refreshing, uplifiting citrus aroma combining germ fighting and air freshening essential oils: Bergamot FCF, Grapefruit Red, Mandarin Red, Orange Sweet)
Purify — cleanse, deodorize
(A fresh, clean scent with air-cleansing properties includes these essential oils: Bergamot, FCF, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniperberry, Pine Needle)
If you want to get more spring essential oil recipes and a coupon for your next order, make sure to download e3’s free guide — Listen to Your Nose: An Introduction to Aromatherapy.