DIY: Natural Homemade Air Freshener Recipes

How Natural Air Fresheners Can Affect Mood


Smells  affect our brain and body chemistry. When something is inhaled, the molecules enter into the amygdala, a part of the brain that controls emotion. Since these molecules have direct access to the brain, it’s important to watch what is inhaled.

Artificial fragrances may smell nice, but they can cause damage. The National Resource Defense Council tested fourteen air fresheners and found that most contained chemicals known to cause hormone imbalance, birth defects, or reproductive harm.

Inhaling essential oils, on the other hand, can affect the mind and mood in a positive way.






Citrus Sunshine Spice Air Freshener


This blend contains uplifting orange and lemon essential oils. Sweet orange essential oil not only uplifts the mood but also has potent anti-fungal properties. Lemon has both antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemon further affects the mood by increasing alertness and soothing angry feelings.

Ginger helps stimulate the mind in a positive way and is commonly used to alleviate depression.


Fantastic Floral Air Freshener

Floral scents are frequently calming and help to relieve anxious feelings. Lavender is well known for its wound healing capabilities, but it’s equally as good at relieving stress and sadness. Geranium has a wide array of cleansing properties and is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal.

Ylang ylang is the grounding base note of this natural air freshener, and is frequently used to relieve fear and anxiety.


Walk Through the Woods Air Freshener

This blend has a woodsy scent and a grounding effect on the mood. Juniper berry helps combat feelings of apathy, and adds a fresh note to the blend. Cypress is also used for apathy and even grieving.

Cypress cleanses the air with its antibacterial and antiviral effects, and cedarwood grounds the blend and ties it all together.


Earthy Grounding Blend Air Freshener

Patchouli is infamously known as the scent of hippies, but it’s so much more than that. Patchouli is anti-fungal and antibacterial, helping to purify the air. Grapefruit is also cleansing and helps to uplift the mood. Clary sage is often used when there are feelings of depression or apathy and helps balance the mood.


How to Make Homemade a Air Freshener with Essential Oils

It’s pretty simple … only two quick steps!


  1. Add the essential oils and vodka to the spray bottle and swirl gently to combine.
  2. Add distilled water until the spray bottle is almost full, then close tightly and shake.

To Use:

  • Shake well before use and liberally spray into the air. Aim high, the mist will fall through the air, releasing its scent.
  • These natural air fresheners can also be sprayed on most linens and upholstery to freshen them. If there’s any concern about damage occurring, test an inconspicuous piece of fabric first

Where to buy essential oils:

Most health food stores sell essential oils, but I find to be less expensive and super convenient. There’s a wide variety so you can explore different sizes, companies and process for your budget. I have included easy to find links to help you find your essential oils.  Once you have your supplies built up, the things you can create are limitless!

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