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Using Aromas to Recover from a House Fire

Using Aromas to Recover from a House Fire

The Right Aromas Can Make You Feel Better … & Your Home Smell Better … Following a House Fire

If you have suffered a house fire, one thing you can do to make yourself feel better – and your damaged house smell better – is to practice aroma therapy.

What Exactly is Aroma Therapy?

The words Aroma Therapy mean ‘treatment using scents.’ Aroma therapy refers to the use of essential oils in Holistic Healing to improve physical and emotional health and to restore balance to the human body.

Essential oils are aromatic essences extracted from plants, flowers, trees, fruits, bark, grasses and seeds.

There are more than 150 oils that can be extracted from various plants. These oils have distinctive therapeutic, psychological and physiological properties that improve health and prevent illness.

All oils have their own unique healing and antiseptic properties. Some oils are antiviral, others relieve pain, some are relaxing and yet others can even be used as anti-depressants.

Aroma oils get absorbed into our body and exert an influence on our nervous system.

These Oils Can Also Impact the Environment Around Them

In this case that would be your fire damaged house. For instance, they could make the home smell more welcoming and erase memory triggering burnt scents.

They could also make you feel more comfortable in your fire damaged house and, if you are selling your burned house, they could be used to make the home seem more inviting to visitors.

That’s why one of the best ways to heal both yourself and your home following a house fire is by aroma therapy.

How It Works

Aroma oils can be used in a variety of ways at home, including:

Inhalation – Aroma oils can be inhaled using a steamer or by adding 2-3 drops of the oil to boiling water. This is a good method because steaming helps open the pores of the skin, so the oil gets absorbed faster and better.

Diffusers & Vaporizers – Diffusers are generally made of clay or ceramic. When aroma oils are used in a diffuser the scent permeates the entire atmosphere through the process of evaporation. This is an ideal for when you want to create a romantic atmosphere. It is also a great mood builder for a mysterious, sultry ambience. One can also get instant relief from pain. By using an oil like lavender one can create a mood of relaxation after feeling stressed out.

Vaporizers are similar to insect repellant lamps. In fact, you can even reuse an insect repellant lamp by adding 2-3 drops of the aroma oil to it and keeping it electrically lit.

The scent is released into the atmosphere slowly and the room is filled with a soothing aroma. Lemon or rosemary are invigorating oils. Lavender relaxes and is apt for the bedroom, antiseptic tea-tree is great for disinfecting – for example after a house fire. Citronella is great for repelling insects.

Potpourri – As the name suggests, this is a mixture of dried flowers, herbs, grass and seed pods. Add a few drops of aroma oil to the mixture and keep it in a bowl to get 4-6 weeks of subtle fragrance. Makes for a home atomizer as well as to keep away the damp smells from a water-damaged burned house.

Now Here Are Some Popular Essential Oils You May Want Use in Your Fire-Damaged House

Bergamot –

This oil was named after a small, quaint town in Italy and it has since become one of the most popular and well known fragrances throughout the world.

Rumor has it that the use of Bergamot in Florence, Italy dates back all the way to 1725 and it could go back even further.

The scent that Bergamot provides is light and refreshing.  It has an orange, lemon and slight floral smell that can help lift moods and restore a sense of well-being and happiness.

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia or compulsive behavior, you might benefit from treating yourself with Bergamot aroma therapy.

This oil is known for its ability to balance and compose different moods and illnesses and therefore is perfect for those that need a little help in this area.

The only caution that comes along with this oil is that it increases sensitivity to the sun.

Black Spruce –

Have you been feeling anxious or extremely tired lately?  Perhaps you should look into the soothing properties of Black Spruce.  It is said that Black Spruce’s positive qualities were first discovered in Canada – but its use is now widespread.

The scent it gives off is very refreshing and light – not heavy in any way and it is said to help even the most troubled of souls to relax, unwind and open up their hearts to love, devotion and kindness.

Cedarwood –

Looking for inner strength to deal with everyday troubles?  Turn to the essential oil, Cedarwood, to help you start feeling collected and in charge of your life on a daily basis.  If you have been feeling anxious or nervous lately, you would most likely benefit from the qualities this oil can bring to you.

This oil can help to calm, stabilize, harmonize, comfort and even ground you.  Just burning this scent in your home can help ease your mind as you work to recover from the house fire.

Chamomile –

Chamomile is a well known essential oil that is used in many beauty products worldwide.

It can help reduce tension, relieve stress, calm frustrations and soothe irritability.  It’s for this reason that chamomile is used so often in baby products and for children of all ages.

It is gentle enough for their delicate skin when used properly and effective enough it can help reduce their frustrations.

Chamomile oil can help to improve a bad mood and encourage us to see clearly what we are able to do in life and to accept the things we can’t.

How can a scent do this, you ask?  Of course, these qualities are not scientifically proven, but it has been said time and time again that Chamomile does help to calm and soothe ones feelings and it is used in bath oils, shampoos, conditioners, cleansers, toners and much more!

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