Did you know that one of the greatest ways to transform the air you breathe in your home is to create your own aromatherapy oasis? This is not only fun, but one of the simplest ways to improve the wellness and ambiance of your home.

Diffusers offer a more natural option to synthetic plug-ins or sprays.

The style, function and scent of our homes are very important. Yet, our homes are full of toxic chemicals – from building materials, to the cleaning products we use, to the dander we and our pets bring inside. All of these elements can add to stagnant air that not only smells “off,” but can be hazardous to breathe.

Many people use candles for scent and beauty; however, decorative candles may actually emit potentially hazardous chemicals such as benzene and toluene, says Anne Steinemann, an environmental pollutants expert and the chair of sustainable cities at the University of Melbourne. These chemicals can damage the brain, lungs and central nervous system, as well as cause developmental difficulties.

Plant-based essential oils are a more natural option which can easily be dispersed into the air through a diffuser, resulting in a home that smells fresh and clean while creating a wonderful spa-like atmosphere. Natural essential oils are also a healthier option to synthetic air fresheners like plug-ins, potpourri, spray perfumes or fresheners.

It is really fun to choose a different scent for each mood you want to experience, or each tone you want to set for individual rooms. For a vibrant and energizing ambiance in your kitchen, try peppermint. For a calming and grounding aroma in your bedroom, try lavender or frankincense. In your office, a lively scent like lemon will help keep you focused.

From the beauty of your home to the beauty of good health, breathing in the cleanest and most natural air you can makes a significant difference in your environment and your health. A good place to start is with natural plant-based essential oils.

Maria Billis is an independent member of Young Living Essential Oils and can be reached at (518) 879.6360 or [email protected]. For more information visit www.mariabillis.vibrantscents.com.

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