A fragrant house always gives a positive feeling, but pleasure becomes annoyance if the smells are artificial, persistent or too aggressive. Disinfectants, deodorants, so-called odor eaters and chemical fragrances, for the environment or cabinets, camouflage stagnant air and worsen its quality. They also contain and release toxic substances into the environment, such as phenols and chlorine.
Better if the smells in the room are delicate and natural. Studies on pheromones confirmed that perfumes have an important effect on the human psyche and that the brain also perceives imperceptible odors, triggering behavioral reactions at an unconscious level. Odors, like colors, influence the psycho-physical wellbeing of people.
The first thing to do is to ventilate the rooms well. Nothing cools and eliminates bad smells like a nice change of air, better short with wide open windows than prolonged with ajar windows. Then you can think of the perfumes, with pure natural flavors for which there are special candle burners. In winter, if there are radiators equipped with a humidifier, a few drops of can be added essential oils. Also scented jars, which can be prepared at home with herbs and flowers from the garden or terrace, are a good way.
Which essences to choose? There is a wide range of oils and there is no lack of literature illustrating their characteristics and functions. Tangerine is lavender calm and promote sleep, the jasmine helps concentration, geranium, lemongrass is lemon they help keep mosquitoes away. These insects are also repelled by the aromatic barrier created on the windowsills by pots of unwelcome plants, such as the previous ones or tomatoes, lavender is odorous pelargoniums.
Ecucalyptus is thyme they have balsamic and bactericidal effects, useful in the cold season to prevent and relieve colds. There propolis, that is the antibiotic resin produced by bees for their defense, helps stimulate the immune defenses.
Essential oils can also be used for perfume the laundry, with a few drops in the rinse tank. As an anti-woodworm and moth killer, as an alternative to mothballs (which, if necessary, can be replaced with pure vegetable camphor), you can use a mixture made by letting a piece of propolis macerate in alcohol and adding essences of lavender and thyme. It is applied with a brush on the internal doors of the wardrobe, taking care to let it dry.