Delight your senses.
Create a fragrant aura around you, in your bedroom and living room with essential oils.
No, we’re not talking about applying essential oils or misting them but using the oils in quite another direction.
Use it for laundry.
Again, it’s not about using laundry soap perfumed with essential oils.
You use essential oils as an addition to your laundry operations.
Clean and colorful clothes and furnishings delight your eyes.
The simple expedient of endowing clothes with a subtle, organic fragrance delights your senses and your soul.
Essential oils find regular use in aromatherapy and with good reason.
Each type of oil has some positive and therapeutic effect on body and soul.
By using it for laundry you let the goodness of your favorite fragrance steep into you and around you.
Try one of these 10 best essential oil products for laundry soap.
Try more than one.
Try them all in permutation and combination.
Create an aromatic heaven all around you and inside you too with these bounties of Nature.
Here we go.
Let us start with lavender, a favorite of ladies since centuries and with good enough reasons.
For one, it appeals to the refined sensibilities of ladies with its subtly floral aroma with woody notes and an earthy sensuousness.
Lavender has a soothing and relaxing effect.
When used in aromatherapy it can relax you after a day of hard work and calm your stressed out mind.
Use it in laundry and when you put on a fresh set of clothes infused with lavender perfume you start to feel refreshed and relaxed.
Put your head on the pillow and the subtle aroma infuses into you.
Lavender is purported to have health benefits too such as improving immunity so you have all the more reason to use lavender for laundry.
Use it when you wash apparel but do not omit its use for pillows and bed sheets.
Stretch out in bliss on your bed covered with sheets giving out this delightful aroma and let lavender enfold you in its soothing embrace.
There are several ways you can use distilled lavender essential oil in your laundry.
You could simply add a few drops to the wash.
Combine it with vinegar or fabric softener and your clothes or bed sheets feel simply fabulous.
Wet a piece of cloth with lavender oil and add it to the bundle of clothes during the spin dry cycle and the oil infuses all clothes.
Pros & Benefits: Breathe in lavender and it creates an aura of freshness inside and outside Lavender is claimed to calm the nerves and help you relax which is conducive for sleep Among other things lavender also promotes immunity and wound healing Lavender is an excellent anti-fungal agent and anti-septic It keeps interiors of your home smelling sweet.
It’s rare to find someone who does not like the invigorating, tangy and citrusy aroma of Wild oranges.
A wild orange is not an orange that has gone rogue.
It’s the same as sweet oranges that you’re so familiar with.
The only difference is that it grows in the wild and has a similar fragrance but with decided strengths in some areas that have been watered down in its tamed cousin, the sweet orange.
The fancy Latin name is citrus sinensis.
Call it what you will, a whiff orange brings in memories of childhood, sunshine and invigorating action.
The essential oil has multiple uses and one use is for laundry.
Wild orange oil is great for your skin since it’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
It also removes spots.
Orange oil makes you feel happy inside.
If you feel depressed, sniff oranges or a drop of orange oil.
The essential oil is also great for use on kitchen countertops and for creating a pleasant environment in your room by mist-spraying it.
Another way to do this is to use wild orange oil in your laundry.
Your clothes, curtains, pillows and bed sheets bring the balmy Mediterranean orchard right inside, all the way through to your soul.
And just how do we use wild orange essential oil for laundry?
Soak a cotton wad with a few drops of oil, put it in the center of your bundle of clothes and give them a spin dry.
You can just as well add the oil to your wash.
Whatever works for you!
Pros & Benefits: Brings a glow to your skin, rids it of blemishes and keeps you looking young Antiseptic Mood elevating Anti-inflammatory Anti-bacterial Anti-oxidant and immunity booster
Given a choice between Maleleuca and tea tree I would prefer the latter since the former is such a tongue twister.
Tea Tree is a magical thing with potent healing properties.
The fragrance of Tea Tree oil is fresh, a bit spicy, a bit herbaceous with woody notes hiding somewhere in the background of earthy undertones even as a pinprick of a sharp bite reminds you that it stands tall and walks tall in the pantheon of essential oils and rightly so.
It’s therapeutic. I
It’s your go to oil in quite a few illnesses and skin conditions as well.
You must have a bottle of this oil and safely ignore the others, especially when you want an aura of health and happiness all around you.
Among other things it can be used for laundry.
The essential permeates the fabric, rids it of germs and endows clothes with a pleasingly decent fragrance.
It may not go to your head.
It certainly uplifts your soul.
Make no mistake.
Tea tree oil comes in handy on quite a few occasions such as when you have fever.
For regular days you can use it for laundry.
The simplest way is to add a few drops to your laundry wash and that is that.
A better way would be to put in a rag soaked with a couple of drops of tea tree oil in the spin dry cycle stage and the oil vaporizes and infuses the fabric.
Pros & Benefits: Anti-septic, germicidal, curative Cleanser Air purifier Soul elevator Soothing, relaxant Lice remover, insect repellent
One of the most widely known and used essential oil, peppermint is a general favorite of everyone.
Kids love the fresh, cool, minty flavor and so do adults.
Can you think of chewing gum or candy that does not have peppermint?
Peppermint, or mint as people call it, has a fresh and herbaceous fragrance and it tastes cool.
Peppermint relaxes and refreshes at the same time, a powerful panacea for fevers, colds, viral infections and for fatigue.
That is not all.
Peppermint keeps insects at bay and, on the health side, it can help if you have oily skin that needs a bit of improvement.
If you have headache, smell peppermint essential oil and apply a drop to the side of your head.
Unlike alcohol it does not “go to your head” in a negative way but in a positive way!
It’s good for colic too.
One can keep singing its praises but ‘nuff said—go out and get a bottle and think of ways to use it.
The best oil is steam distilled from mint leaves (mentha x piperita) and you can expect it to be thin in consistency.
It blends well with other essential oils such as lemon, orange, rosemary.
It must be diluted before you apply it to your skin since it will feel cool at first but has a sting in its tail.
Freshen up your mood if you’re depressed or fatigued.
Bring a feeling of space and the freshness after a thunderstorm by the simple expedient of using peppermint oil for spray or, better still, for laundry.
Add a few drops at the rinse or spin dry stage.
Pros & Benefits: Cooling Anthelmintic, febrifuge Soothing, relaxing Insect repellent Air purifier Carminative
Eucalyptus oil is better known for its use in colds and coughs rather than as a food ingredient or a perfumery product.
Eucalyptus oil is derived by steam distillation of the leaves of Eucalyptus radiata.
It goes by several names such as Gum Tree and Narrow Leaved Peppermint but these are misnomers.
Eucalyptus has a typical, unmistakable aroma, somewhat fruity, a little bit of lemony and somewhat sweet.
The oil is thin and lends itself well to various uses such as application on kitchen countertops, dispersion into the air with a misting device or mixing with carrier oil for massage.
Like peppermint oil, eucalyptus is another of those must have oils that you can use for its fragrance and for more practical purposes.
The oil is a great germ killer and will target viruses that fly below the radar of antibiotics.
It can be a great deodorant too.
You could try applying a drop in your armpits to know just how it works.
However, you can use it better when you add it to your laundry.
It will remove the smell of stale sweat, kill germs and give a fresh fragrance.
Use it when you wash personal garments, t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants and also for bed sheets and pillows.
You can’t have too much of a good thing!
As for laundry, add a few drops at the spin dry stage or at the wash stage.
Use it alone or with other essential oils but avoid its use if you have small children at home.
Pros & Benefits: Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral Strong deodorant Soothing Expectorant – great when you have flu – just rub it on your chest and throat Relaxes sore muscles and joints when you use it for massage Lemongrass oil is derived from the rather pompous sounding Cymbopogon Flexuosus that sounds more like a Roman character from Goscinny/Morris Asterix & Obelix series.
Lemongrass is a humble, down to earth (literally) grass that smells of lemon whereby that name.
The Southeast Asians use it liberally in their cooking and they know they’re on to a good thing.
Lemongrass, among other things, is a potent anti-cancer agent as well as a cure for leprosy.
However, our use here is more prosaic: as an aromatic agent to give freshly laundered clothes a fresh fragrance.
Lemongrass mainly smells lemony with a hint of pine and a note or two of earthy tones at the base.
You will love to inhale and breathe deep the citrusy aroma of this delightful grass.
Lemongrass can be used when you cook food to impart a citrusy flavor and you can use it when you prepare green or any other color tea or infusion.
It’s relaxing and a stimulant of the senses at the same time.
You gain an energy boost and your powers of concentration increase.
Lemongrass is freshness personified.
Spray a mist of it inside and your home will have a fresh air.
How do you use this esteemed oil in laundry?
Add a few drops to the wash.
Another way is to take a rag, wet it with oil and throw it in with the rest of the laundry for the spin dry cycle.
Pros & Benefits: Kills germs Deodorizes clothes Creates a fresh citrusy atmosphere all around you Pest repellant Relieves stress and relieves you of momentary depression
Vetiver goes by several names one of which is Khus, used in the Indian sub-continent.
The roots have a fresh, cool, earthy fragrance and, they’re tied together in bunches and then hung in doorways or windows during summer to provide cooling.
Vetiver fragrance, derived from the roots, is also used to flavor sherbets and cold drinks as well as milk based preparations.
If you think of mother Earth, think Vetiver.
It’s cooling and calming.
If you feel hot and bothered, take a sniff of vetiver.
Spread the aroma around before you fall asleep and you will have a good night’s sleep.
Vetiver relaxes just like a mother would soothe and hush its babies.
Madmen and Englishmen supposedly walk in the hot summer mid day sun and if you make this mistake, do not worry.
Enjoy a cool vetiver sorbet and apply the vetiver oil to your skin to relieve the burning sensation.
If you get an itch apply vetiver oil mixed with dairy cream and talking of cream have you tried vetiver flavored icecream?
It’s about being in harmony with nature and at peace with oneself.
Just add a few drops to your laundry rise and spin dry cycle especially when you’re doing bed sheets, curtains and pillow covers.
Drift off to beautiful dreams with the heavenly aroma of earthy vetiver filling your soul.
Pros & Benefits: Uniquely distinctive and distinguished earthy aroma Cooling Relaxant Helps you meditate better so if you’re into yoga … Helps you to fall asleep easily
Think of Cedar and you visualize elegant wood paneled homes with gracious people that remind you of a time gone with the wind.
Cedarwood has a lovely warm aroma slightly piney, slightly warm, slightly reminiscent of pine and an enveloping balsamic layer.
The exact aroma varies depending on whether it’s sourced from the pine or cypress family.
True cedarwood oil is from the Pinaceae family but these days you get more of the cypress and juniper bloodlines.
By the by if you want a heavenly smell, go for the Indian deodar cedar from the Himalayas.
Putting aside the origins one can say cedarwood oil is in a class apart.
It may be termed masculine because of its woody, piney and earthy smell as compared to the delicate floral aroma of jasmine, rose and lily.
Cedar lasts for centuries because the oil has inherent anti-termite and anti-pest compounds in it.
That said cedarwood oil can help your hair grow shiny, strong and long.
No surprises if women favor cedarwood oil.
It even helps when they’re feeling weepy and droopy and out of sorts.
Nothing like cedarwood oil to cheer them up.
Now about use of cedarwood in laundry.
You may wistfully think of recreating the cedarwood paneled ambience so the next best thing is to put in a few drops of cedarwood oil in your laundry at the spin dry stage.
Let the warming fragrance infuse through your curtains and bed sheets.
Pros & Benefits: Mix it with hair oil to make hair longer, stronger and shinier Use it for oily skin Relax and soothe your mind Calm your mind and reduce feelings of apprehensions by misting your room Focus better in meditation by diffusing cedarwood oil.
Patchouli and Vetiver could be sister and brother.
Vetiver is from the roots of Vetiveria zizanoides which sounds somewhat Hellenic and, in the same tradition, we have Patchouli, known as Pogostemon cablin belonging to the Lamiaceae family.
Patchouli like Vetiver has earthy tones as its main notes, reminding you of Gaea and just as worthy of being cherished.
Patchouli is sweet.
It can intoxicate the senses.
There is something musky about it like hot parched soil wet by the first rain.
No wonder women favor it so much.
From Cleopatra to today’s celebrities, none can ignore or resist Patchouli fragrance.
Even the great King Tut saw it fit to be buried in the company of patchouli oil, not his favorite queen or dog, and that says something about Patchouli.
The Brits were much enamored of the red red rose so much eulogized by Robert Burns that they did not turn to the humble patchouli but when they did you can be sure they fell like nine pins.
Patchouli is like that.
It tends to bowl you over.
Besides intoxicating you with its heavenly fragrance, Patchouli has some down to earth uses such as helping you relieve headaches and keep persnickety insects at bay and then indulge in flavorful herbal teas when the mood strikes you.
Dab it under arms or wet your handkerchief and spread the good aroma around.
Add a few drops to a small cloth and put it along with your clothes during the spin dry stage when you do your laundry.
You could be floating on the cloud 9 of patchouli fragrance all day.
Pros & Benefits: Soothing, anti-allergen, great for babies Improves mood no end Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory Good for nerves, good for brain Anxiolytic and analgesic Jasmine has a certain mix of sweet wistfulness, a fragrance that fills your heart with soulful, emotional craving.
It’s different and stands apart from Rose or Lily, in a class of its own, quintessentially feminine.
Down in the dumps?
Take a whiff of jasmine oil.
Feel like some action with your girlfriend or boyfriend?
Try jasmine oil, the secret sauce.
Ladies approaching menopause find jasmine and its fragrance a great relief.
It’s a galactagogue, a mouthful for promoting lactation in nursing mothers.
It’s a sedative, just what a nervous and highly strung girl wants to cool her down.
Asians, particularly Indian women, are known to favor jasmine.
At one time the royals used jasmine oil for their royal mustaches.
Whether that is fact or fiction is one matter but you know just how bewitching it’s.
You can have all the benefits or enjoy a few simply by using it on your skin, misting your room with a spray or using jasmine oil for laundry.
Recreate a garden around you when you wash clothes in your washing machine with the last cycle getting a small dose of jasmine oil.
When you wash line, use jasmine oil in the spin dry cycle.
The gentle aroma helps you drift off into blissful sleep, a smile on your lips.
Pros & Benefits: Anti-depressive, antibacterial, antispasmodic Soothing and relaxing Puts you in the mood for romance Helps with ameliorating menopausal symptoms Helps heal wounds fast Final Thoughts
Regrettable we have to the end here with regrets because so many other delightfully appealing and fragrant oils had to be left out.
Maybe another day.
You can use these essential oils for laundry alone or, like a virtuoso, create an aromatic composition by mixing and matching these fragrant drops.
Try just one fragrance to start with.
You will be hooked and will want to buy at least half a dozen.
For laundry of course.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of the 10 best essential products and their reviews for 2019.
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