In the 1st post of the laundry series, I shared lots of the dangers of conventional fabric softener and how the wool dryer balls do THE best job softening my laundry, toxin-free. I left off saying I'd share how I scent my laundry. So here it is!
We love easy-peasy, mac-n-cheesy, might help a wheezy.... recipezees! LoL! That is, simplicity with many functions. 😊 That's exactly what we have here.
Add 7-10 drops of your favorite Young Living Essential Oils to a 16 oz glass spray bottle filled with water, and nothing else is required. I've found this is the best way for me to get a noticeable scent on my clothes.
This works FABULOUSLY as a wrinkle eraser. 😊 I normally put my clothes on hangers immediately after they come out of the dryer, give them a good spritzing and any wrinkles fall right out. (*If you prefer to just add scent - no wrinkle releasing needed - simply increase the amount of essential oil, and spritz less)
I usually give myself a good spritzing too. :-) Who doesn't need a lift when they're doing laundry?! Which brings me to another function of using this spray, and that is aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is real thing! On the other side of your nose is the amygdala (uh-mig-duh-luh) part of the brain. The amygdala is connected by a tract full of olfactory nerves, which carry nerve impulses associated with smell. Interestingly, the amygdala is also the brain's emotional center as well as being responsible for storing our memories. Truth! This is why scents can have such a profound impact on how we feel. If a smell can instantly transport you to your grandmother's kitchen, rocking a baby, or playing outside as a child, it's understandable how scents can have a measurable effect on us, even at physiological levels.
Lemongrass is a FABULOUS choice because of how much scent you get for so little (and the fact that bugs don't like how it smells) as well as LAVENDER. We won't forget you lavvy!!
Some of those blends are labeled diffuser recipes. Mmhmm! That's what we are doing, essentially. Tee hee hee. Diffusing.
When we breathe in essential oil, apply it topically or ingest it, it gets in our blood stream, does it's job and it gets out. We metabolize essential oil very quickly, usually within a half hour. The affects may last longer, but because it's a substance our body recognizes, it doesn't store it like it would petrochemicals. It's a lipid, and our cells are lipids too. So essential oils can carry nutrients like oxygen into our cells and carry wastes out with grace and ease.
Every oil is made up of hundreds of chemical constituents and has different attributes that help our bodies restore balance. Cool, huh?! Who knew essential oils could do all THAT!? I almost forgot, we were talking about safe ways to scent laundry! This way happens to better than safe. It promotes good health for us and our planet.
Here's a link to buy a variety of essential oil-safe spray bottles on Amazon, as well as a few choices for fun, decorative stickers and labels if you need them. I love when functionality can be pretty too. :-)
If you have some blend combinations you love, please feel free to comment with your favorites!
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This was good information, but click here for Post 3 in the laundry series. It's amazeballs....