Aromatherapy - In the Kitchen

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Aromatherapy - In the Kitchen

When we think of Aromatherapy we often think of nicely scented candles or oils used in a relaxing massage but, Aromatherapy is so much more.

Cleaning your Kitchenundefined

It is the case that many of us have pets and the Cat Litter Tray or Dog's Bed tend to be in the Kitchen! There are many sources of aroma in the kitchen but ventilation is not always enough to get rid of unpleasant odor molecules. Essential Oils can also be used to cleanse the air rather than masking odors. When correctly used Essential Oil sprays will not cause any harm to your food or to a baby that may be sitting in a high chair. In fact, many oils are used as preservatives and thyme, in particular, can prevent fungi molds.

Bringing Fragrance to your Kitchen

undefinedEucalyptus oil has great disinfectant qualities. A couple of drops on a clean cloth can keep your surfaces clean and when rinsed out, as the water runs down, it can kill the bacteria lurking in your pipes. Great in the Kitchen (and Bathroom).

Just a few drops of the following oils dropped down the plug hole or in boiled cooled water to make a fragrant air-spray, by themselves or in a blend of two or three: Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Lime.

Try adding the following blend to a new 100ml washing-up liquid bottle for that uplifting feeling when you do the washing up: Lime 5 drops, Bergamot 3 drops, Lavender 2 drops Orange 1 drop then give the bottle a good shake.  

Let's not forget the Laundry!


If you don't use fragranced clothes softener, try adding 2 drops of your favourite essential oil to a final rinse or to a small piece of cloth and put it in the tumble dryer with your clothes. For a floral infusion try Geranium, Palmarosa or Neroli. For Fresh, try Lavender, Rosemary or Bergamot. For Romantic try Ylang-ylang, Rose, or Jasmine.

Enjoy experimenting with your personal favourite Essential Oils.

Enhancing your Cooking

Who would have thought that essential oils could enhance your food! if you enjoy making jams and jellies try this recipe for Fragrant Flower Jam. Choose a soft-petalled flower or herb such as geranium or rose. Lavender and Rosemary, although fragrant will leave tough particles in the jam. The essential oils can also be added to Jams made with fruit. Good combinations are Strawberry and Rose, Rasberry and Lemon, Plum and orange, orange and neroli. Yummy..!undefined

450g flowers or herbs;     150mls rosewater or orange flower water

450g sugar                2 drops of essential oil

Heat the sugar and water until you have a syrup, add the petals of herb leaves, simmer for 5 minutes and then add your choice of essential oil. Leave the mixture to simmer gently on a low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Carefully pour into clean sterilized jars with lids, allow to cool and store.

You can also add essential oil drops to your biscuit or cake mix.If you fancy trying Lavender biscuits here is the link to Mary Berry's recipe.

Aromatherapist, Herbalist and Complementary Therapist




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