isn’t aroma therapy, I don’t know what is!
I find it very practical to keep a bottle of lavender essential oil around. The aroma is both relaxing and refreshing, and I most often add a few drops (not droppers) to the wash and rinse cycle of my washing machine for fresh smelling laundry, it really does smell “clean” (I also use unscented laundry soap). Spruce essential oil is nice to use when mopping floors; just add a few drops to a bucket of warm water (or directly on the sponge) and mop away. I like it better than pine, although a small piece of pitch from either tree smells great when melted on the wood-burning stove.
I use an old-fashioned vaporizer laced with essential oils throughout the winter. This year, I haven’t come down with a cold or the flu, not even once. I don’t know if the herbal vapor has anything to do with it, but it doesn’t hurt. Plus, it smells really good. I use everything from citrus and eucalyptus oils, to rosemary, sage and tea-tree oil. Peppermint oil is very sweet smelling, and clove is downright enticing. I like them all.
You can use floral essential oils such as rose or ylang ylang in your vaporizer if you want to set a more romantic atmosphere to your living space, and a simple splash of vanilla extract or rose water can work wonders as well. The aromatherapeutic benefits of these essences are that of lifting the heart and engendering the light from within. Very useful during the grey days of winter.