Aaahhh! The smell of your favorite flower or spice. Everyone wears perfume or cologne to smell good, but what about your house? The last thing you want is someone walking in and smelling the litterbox or being overwhelmed with a musty scent.

One way to mask smells is to use candles. The problem with candles is they require supervision. You can’t just light one and leave it burning. The same goes for burning oils or candle wax. Another option is to use a room freshener spray or plug-in but those often have chemicals. A much safer alternative is to use essential oils.

Aromatherapy Diffuser

The most common way people use essential oils is with a diffuser. An aromatherapy diffuser mists the oil into the air. Some diffusers use water and a couple drops of the oil. With others, you only add the oil and then a nebulizer is used to create fine particles of the oil. This is a more potent scent as the oil is not watered down.

Plug-In Diffuser

A plug-in diffuser uses heat from the outlet to dispense the aroma throughout the room. Just place a few drops of oil on the absorbable pad and plug it into any outlet. The diffuser heats and creates a mist to disperse the smell. You can also use a plug-in diffuser for your car.

DIY Diffuser

If you do not have a diffuser, but still want to use an essential oil, pour two to three drops on a cotton ball or tissue and place it in a discreet spot in the room.

A spray bottle will also do the trick. Add several drops of oil into a water-filled spray bottle and spritz whichever rooms you choose. You can even take it to an outdoor even to cool you down with a nice scent.

Lava Rocks

You can carry your favorite scent with you via lava rock jewelry (I’ve seen both necklaces and bracelets) or a locket necklace with an absorbent pad inside.

People use essential oils for a variety of therapeutic benefits. Lavender is calming while peppermint is uplifting and energetic. You can mix oils to create favorite new scents. Try mixing orange and peppermint, or lemon, lavender, and rosemary. Check out these oil recipes and their various uses.