A simple guide to essential oils

Spring scented flowers

In the name of simplicity I tend not to blend my essential oils too much, preferring to just use them straight for specific purposes, here are a few of my favourites:

+ Lemon essential oil is the secret trick to removing the sticky label glue from jam jars. After scrubbing the label off simply add 10-15 drops to a cloth and rub away the glue from the jar. I also like it for a cleaning scent for bathroom/sprays (although be careful not to use citrus on wooden floors).

+ Jasmine. I use Jasmine as a perfume for spring days when the sun returns, or any time of year really… it’s a lovely scent to rub on your wrists with a little carrier oil – almond or jojoba.

+ Lavender. Great to add a few drops to the bath or shower to inhale and relax. Also a goodie to include in a pillow spray for restful sleep, with perhaps a touch of Rose Geranium to add feminine floral notes.

+ Tea tree. This powerful Australian essential oil is an antiseptic, anti fungal, antibacterial and pesticide. Great to add to vinegar and water and spray around the perimeter of the home to keep insects away. It’s also a natural treatment for children’s nits when blended with coconut oil (much better than those nasty chemical mousses) and works to naturally dry out pimple spots and cold sores. It’s a goodie to clean with given its anti-everything properties.

+ Vanilla essence. Although technically not an essential oil, I do love vanilla essence to clean the fridge and add a lovely creamy scent to other areas of the home.

Creating a simple home

simple home design ideas

By living without excess and surrounding yourself with just enough of the right things, you will feel an amazing sense of satisfaction.

– Simple Home, by Mark & Sally Bailey

I think creating the style of home that suits you is a similar journey to curating a wardrobe – working out your most flattering cuts, colour palette, and consistency without following the trends that will quickly date… like a collection of clothes, a thoughtful home is not something you can create all at once, but a journey over time where you happen upon that perfect jacket/pair of jeans/throw blanket.

For me, there are a few elements that make for a simple retreat that is so nice to come home to, where you can hide away from the outside world to cook around a warm stove, listen to soft music, light candles and curl up in your comfiest clothes.

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