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There are a variety of ways in which your home can be enhanced by the use of essential oils. Fragrances, pomanders, ring burners and diffusers can all be used in conjunction with essential oils to impart a wonderful scent to a room. (Essential oils should be put into water and vapourized and not burned as they are inflammable. Follow the instructions on ring burners carefully and never put essential oils directly onto a hot light bulb). Most essential oils also have antimicrobial properties which make them extremely useful when the occupants of the room are suffering from colds and flu. Oils such as myrtle and eucalyptus also seem to have a soothing effect on coughs and can be used in the bedroom where they will release their aroma throughout the night.
Fragrancers, pomanders, and ring burners can all be purchased quite cheaply from shops and indeed make very welcome gifts, but it is not necessary to use any extra equipment to benefit from essential oils in the home. By adding a few drops of essential oil to bowl of water or soaking a cotton ball in the oil and placing it in a warm place the same effect can be achieved. You can also sprinkle logs and twigs before placing them on the fire or barbecue to create a soothing aroma.
In case of colds or flu, a bowl of water is actually preferable as it has a humidifying effect on the air. Three or four drops of an appropriate essential oil such as eucalyptus or cypress sprinkled on a handkerchief can also be inhaled periodically to alleviate the worst symptoms of sinusitis, colds and headaches. Similarly, 2-3 drops of relaxing essential oil on the pillow at night can help to alleviate insomnia.