Natural Air Fresheners That Won’t Irritate Your Senses

by Sumdima Rai
Air fresheners may be the easiest and the fastest way to mask odors and make your home smell fragrant. But store-bought artificial air fresheners do more harm than good, as I discovered one day. A few days after using an air freshener of a popular brand, I developed a mild headache, cold and irritation in the throat. My doctor explained that the synthetic fragrance let out by the freshener coupled with poor ventilation in my house meant that I had exposed myself and my family to dangerous chemical compounds.  

For this reason, artificial air fresheners are considered an absolute no-no especially in houses where pregnant women and children reside. Allergies, asthma and other breathing problems due to artificial air fresheners are quite a common and dangerous occurrence, as this study reveals.

Thankfully, there are a number of all-natural air fresheners made from herbs, spices, flowers and essential oils that you can DIY or buy from stores.

Here are some of the most effective ones that made my home smell divine, naturally.

1. Incense

Incense sticks or coils are made from materials sourced from aromatic plants or herbs. These are then usually combined with essential oils. When you burn the incense, it lets out the fragrance of those aromatic components. There are tons of fragrances to choose from. Want to try your hand at making one? Here’s how you can.

2. Natural Candles

Scented candles may seem like the perfect way to fill your house with aromatic scents. However, most store-bought candles contain paraffin wax with synthetic fragrances that, when burnt, let out dangerous chemical compounds. The solution? Natural candles made from a special blend of beeswax, soy wax, pure essential oils and natural botanical elements. Natural candles don’t just burn longer, they are also way safer than synthetic candles. You can shop for them here or make your own natural scented candles.

3. Aroma Simmer Pots

Want your house to smell like Christmas all day? Simmer a pot of spices, herbs and fruit in water using these great simmer pot recipes. Everything you need for this is already on your kitchen shelves: cinnamon sticks, apple peels, orange rinds, cloves, and anise, to whip up delightful aromas for your house.

4. Gel Air Fresheners

These are toxin-free and allergy-safe air fresheners available in a variety of fragrances. You can try making one in your home using simple, inexpensive ingredients like essential oils of lavender, basil, orange or rosemary and gelatin. Follow the DIY instructions here.

5. Oil Reed Diffusers

Want a light scent to tickle your senses and lift your spirits? Go for the natural oil reed diffusers—you know, those little jars of scented oils with sticks poking out of them. Thankfully, these are easy to make too! Refer to these instructions to make your own reed diffuser at home.
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