5 Tips to Purify Indoor Air Naturally with Essential Oils

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Many a times we find our house stuffy and the stench quite unbearable. The situation worsens during winters when we keep breathing the same stale air inside the closed room. This can be an aftermath of smoking, fresh painting with lead based synthetic colours or some other kind of pollution. We generally go for artificial room fresheners though there are better alternatives - Essential Oils

Many essential oils are available in the market which can be used in different ways to freshen up the indoor air. Along with the wonderful smell they leave behind, these oils also help in purifying the air with its antibiotic and antifungal properties. It contains negative ions and oxygenating molecules that help in reducing bacteria, chemicals and metallic particles in the air. Essential oils have therapeutic effects on our body and mind. It increases cell oxygen, antibody production and hormone secretion. It even boosts blood circulation and keeps skin healthy. Moreover, the soothing smell helps getting over depression and relaxes your mind.

These essential oils can be segregated on the basis of their properties –
Anti-bacterial Oils: Rosemary, Oregano, Wild Orange, Lime
Antiviral Oils: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon
Anti-fungal Oils: Sage, Sandalwood, Thyme

These essential oils can be used in numerous ways to purify the air around you:
Using it with a diffuser: Essential oils when diffused, gets scattered as tiny oil droplets which are invisible and remain suspended in the air for a long time. This keeps the air fresh and improves the quality of air.

Vacuum cleaner, for a change: You can soak few cotton balls in an Antimicrobial essential oil and keep it on your vacuum cleaners’ canister. When using the vacuum cleaner, the essential oils automatically disperses as you clean your house. This leaves you in a refreshing environment. You can even use soaked cotton balls instead of regular naphthalene balls in your drawer or closet.

Adding it to disinfectants: A few drops of essential oils can be added to the disinfectant you use to mop your floor. One can also combine vinegar, Essential oil and water to use it as a mild sanitizer and clean toilets, basins, door handles, etc.

Blend them into a room spray: Mix 5 drops Eucalyptus, Frankincense and Lemon in water to make an air purifying spray. You may experiment by mixing other varieties of Essential oils and find out what suits you the most. Another interesting mix is Balsam Fir Needle, Myrrh and Sweet Orange. This can be very handy and all you have to do is just spray this whenever stale air bothers you.

Boil it: Boiling Essential oils can be a substitute to a diffuser or candle lighter. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in water and just boil. As the water starts evaporating you can immediately smell the refreshing scent spreading throughout your house right from your kitchen. Do keep a check of the water level in the pot and keep adding more of the solvent when the level dips.