We dare you to do a quick internet search about the harmful effects of room fresheners. YIKES! It's not good. According to an article on madesafe.org:
"Because they contain ingredients that are associated with various health effects, our constant exposure to air fresheners is cause for concern. Researchers have measured and identified air freshener chemicals that are linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, and effects from endocrine disruption. Not to mention a large portion of the population experiences headaches and respiratory difficulty from exposure to fragrance.
...in studies measuring the different substances that air fresheners emit, researchers have found numerous chemicals associated with toxic effects. These include: volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, m,p-xylene, phthalates, and more."
Often, when someone begins the journey into understanding how harmful these air fresheners in your home can be, they begin to look for healthy alternatives. So, when we set to creating our organic essential blends, a DIY Room Spritz was a must! But what makes our essential oils less harmful than synthetic fragrances?
Our essential oil blends are made using 100% certified organic essential oils from plants that have been grown with integrity and without harmful pesticides. These oils have been processed without the use of solvents or other contaminants and they are sourced from reputable farmers around the globe who take much care in providing the highest quality oils. These oils are also 3rd party tested which is also so important!
When you use these blends in a diffuser or a room spray, you are benefiting from the plant-based goodness the essential oils are emitting like immune boosting, antiviral and antibacterial properties. They can be mood boosting and grounding and most importantly, they can clean the air rather than pollute it! Don't you think this is a better choice?
Here is a simple recipe for making your own spritz using any of our essential oil blends.
Room Spritz Recipe:
- 3/4 fl oz distilled water,
- 1/4 fl oz alcohol (190 proof, 95% ethanol OR Everclear grain alcohol)
- 8 to 12 drops of your favorite Zoe Organics Essential Oil Blend
Add these ingredients to a glass bottle with a fine mist sprayer. This recipe makes about 1 oz, but you can multiply it depending on the desired bottle size. Shake well to blend and give it a shake again before each use.
To use: spritz your freshening spray into the air or onto linens. Depending on which blend you choose, there are some specific uses or benefits.
Breathe - Breathe easier and soothe naturally with this essential oil blend created to bring comfort while feeling under the weather, or when you need a gentle reminder to stop and catch your breath. Uplifting, grounding, antibacterial, antimicrobial. This blend makes a great cleansing spritz.
Calm - Created with oils that make us feel at ease and grounded, Calm Blend is the perfect addition to a bedtime routine or bath time ritual for kids and grownups alike. Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory. Use this blend when you need calming support. Spritz into the air above your head and breathe, spray in bedrooms and on bed linens before nap or bed time.
Refresh - The perfect pick-me-up! This blend was created with oils known to soothe feelings of queasiness due to upset tummy or motion sickness, and to ease tension. It can also be used to increase focus and add a little pep to your day. Uplifting, energizing, deodorizing, anti-nausea. This makes a wonderful spritz if you need help feeling energized, or for feelings of nausea or queasiness. Spritz overhead and breath, spritz around the room or bathroom.
Repel - A pleasant smelling, gender-neutral essential oil blend to help keep your people happy and bite-free naturally, without the stink or toxins of conventional repellent sprays or candles. Uplifting, grounding, antibacterial, antiviral. This blend smells so herbal and refreshing and is great for kitchens, or gathering spaces.
Summer - Summer, is an uplifting blend inspired by summers here in the Napa Valley. The scent is citrusy, herbal, and grounding. It reminds us of drives through the valley with the windows down, picnics at the park, and tending to our lavender plants. Refreshing, uplifting, calming, grounding, cleansing, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory. An all-time favorite, this blend is a crowd pleaser and we diffuse or spritz it everywhere in the house, on linens or over our heads for a refreshing, uplifting aroma.
So next time your friends are coming over, grab your spritz! Your house will smell amazing and everyone can benefit from the natural, mood-boosting aromas in the air.