If you aren’t already aware of the benefits of aromatherapy, now’s the time to smarten up. Along with elevating the fragrance in your home, studies show that certain scents have the ability to boost mood, reduce stress, and improve quality of sleep. According to Mintel, a third of US aircare users aged 18-24 are interested in air fresheners that complement their personal fragrance. During European lockdowns, Diptyque launched Fleur de Peau Multi-Use Fragrance, a multi-functional fine fragrance product that can be sprayed on the body, bed linen, clothes or used as a room spray.
Interested in learning more about how you can use aromatherapy at home? From different styles of essential oil diffusers to HVAC aroma systems and more, read ahead for eight ways to create an aromatherapy-friendly atmosphere in any area of your home.
Essential Oil Infused Candles
A tried and true scented home decor trend that perseveres for a reason, essential oil-infused candles are a stylish way to reap the benefits of aromatherapy at home. Start your day with feel-good vibes by lighting a mood-boosting candle made with uplifting notes of rose essential oil or lemon essential oil, such as the UMA Pure Bliss Wellness Candle.
If you work from home and find yourself in a midday slump, try burning a candle scented with citrusy essential oils, like the clementine-and-mandarin-infused DW Home Energize candle for a quick pick-me-up. And when you’re ready to unwind at the end of the day, light a soothing eucalyptus or lavender essential oil scented candle, like Essential Oil Candle No. 8 by Milk + Honey to help you destress before bedtime.
Ultrasonic essential oil diffusers are all the rage in the design and wellness world, and it’s not hard to see why. Stylish and easy-to-use, ultrasonic diffusers release essential oils directly into the air so you can enjoy the perks of aromatherapy at home — no flame necessary.
Consider a sophisticated, sculptural style, such as the Aroma Om Stone by Saje, for an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser that you won’t mind showing off in plain sight at home. Or, for a more budget-friendly alternative, try the Ellia Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, so you can employ aromatherapy at home for just $30. Just remember to have your preferred essential oils handy beforehand, so you can pick and choose what scents to use throughout the day and evening.
For a small space friendly essential oil diffuser that’s more affordable than ultrasonic styles, consider a plugin option. Widely available and goofproof to use, plugin aromatherapy diffusers, including the Airomé Bamboo Pluggable Essential Oil Diffuser, simply plug into any standard electrical wall outlet to slowly release essential oils into the air. Some models, such as the Pura Smart Device, are also app-controlled, so you can switch scents and create a custom aromatherapy schedule from the convenience of your smartphone.
If you prefer to reap the benefits of aromatherapy in a more decorative way, look no further than traditional reed diffusers. Unlike candles or plugin diffusers, reed diffusers release essential oils into the air through sleek wooden reeds, without electricity or flames.
To keep your spirits and productivity levels high all throughout the day, employ a grapefruit extract-infused reed diffuser, like the Grapefruit & May Chang Reed Diffuser by The Handmade Soap Co. in your home office or WFH space. And to help your mind and body relax after a long day, place a lavender or sandalwood essential oil scented reed diffuser, such as the Hinoki Lavender Reed Diffuser by Apotheke, on your nightstand.
The only thing better than a chic essential oil diffuser is one that you can control from an app on your smartphone. Not only do smart diffusers disperse essential oils into the air so you can enjoy aromatherapy at home, but they also allow you to regulate everything from scent intensity to mist amounts from just about any handheld device.
Consider Bluetooth and voice-controlled styles, such as the Aromini BT by Aroma Tech for a state-of-the-art oil diffuser that lets you create custom scent schedules and timers for your in-home fragrance distribution. Or, if you’re on a budget, try the Oneself Wonderful Scents WiFi Smart Home 400ml Essential Oil Diffuser for an equally smart and good-looking alternative that will only set you back 45 bucks.
HVAC Aroma Systems or Air Filter Fresheners
If you wanted to reap the benefits of aromatherapy around-the-clock at home, consider an HVAC aroma system. HVAC aroma systems, including the Van Gogh360 and the Museum360 by Aroma 360, diffuse essential oils into the air through a central heating and cooling system, ensuring a consistent and balanced fragrance is dispersed throughout your home.
For a more affordable and DIY-style alternative to an HVAC aroma system, put some air filter fresheners in a few of your home’s air vents. Designed to attach to any air conditioner filter vent or air duct, air filter fresheners, such as Filtrete Whole House Air Fresheners, disperse fragrances through your home for consistent and long-lasting scent.
Along with being more affordable than HVAC aroma systems, air filter fresheners also allow you to pick a specific scent for each individual room of your home. Consider a lavender-infused air freshener for your bedroom to help you fall asleep faster, or a citrusy scent in your home office to keep you perky and productive while you work.
Room and Fabric Sprays
When all else fails you can always count on good, old-fashioned essential oil-scented room and fabric sprays to instantly elevate the fragrance of your home. For an aromatic scent that will help you stay calm and focused throughout the day, use a room spray with mood-boosting notes of limonene, like Functional Home Fragrance by The Nue Co., around your living room and home office.
To enjoy a little aromatherapy while you’re curled up on the couch, pick up some soothing jasmine and sandalwood essential oil-infused fabric and upholstery spray, such as Fabric Fresh Classic by The Laundress, to help your mind and body relax at the end of the day. Or, DIY your own lavender linen spray with essential oils and rubbing alcohol and spritz on your bedroom pillow to ensure you sleep like a baby all night long.
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