4 Natural Methods To Cleanse The Air In Your Home With Herbs And Essential Oils

4 Natural Methods To Cleanse The Air In Your Home With Herbs And Essential Oils | Growing Up Herbal | Decrease your chances of picking up a virus by cleansing the air in your home.

When you come from a family where there are 16 adults and 15 small children always spending time together, colds are spread like hugs. It’s unfortunate, but it’s just one of those things you have to accept unless you want to cut yourself off from your family… which I don’t. I love my big family!

When I think about it… it’s basically like going to church or Walmart so really there’s no getting away from it. Anytime you’re around a large group of people, you’re exposed to whatever they’ve been exposed to. Viruses specifically because they are transferred through the air… air that we all share and breathe. Don’t think into it too much. It’s really gross.

As my four little guys seem to constantly have a cold (yes I’m that mom that always has a snotty nosed kid – or two – in tow) I’ve learned a lot about viruses and how to naturally decrease my families risk for catching them, but before I share my methods for decreasing our chances of catching a virus, let me tell you a little secret first.

I Welcome Sickness In My Home

Okay, now that statement may be extreme, but it makes a great headline.

Welcome… eh… I don’t always invite sickness into my home, but I certainly don’t create a bubble for my kids either. I think it’s safe for me to say that most times it doesn’t bother me when one of my kids comes down with something… as long as it’s not all of them at once!

A lot of people will say that if you’re constantly getting sick then your immune system isn’t very strong, and that’s true… to an extent. It’s true if you’re speaking of an older child or an adult, but that’s not always the case when you’re talking about young children.

Snotty-Nosed Children And Their Immune Systems

Young children are very susceptible to illnesses because their immune systems aren’t as developed or as strong as an adult’s is.

When a baby is born, it receives some limited immunity from mama, more so if the birth was a vaginal birth and baby was breastfed. This passive-immunity helps baby not to get sick in the first several months of its life. After that immunity wears off, it’s up to baby’s body to take care of itself.

How does it do that? By getting sick and making antibodies.

Children are definitely going to get sick more than adults because their immune system isn’t as developed. It’s to be expected. This is the reason why I’m not a germ-a-phobe. I don’t disinfect every area of my house, and I’m fine with using herbs and essential oils to clean. They helped to cut down on the number of microbes in the home, but they don’t eradicate them. I want my children to have strong immune systems when they get older which means I need to let their bodies do the work now while they’re little.

4 Natural Methods To Cleanse The Air In Your Home With Herbs And Essential Oils

Okay, so beyond teaching my kids to wash their hands correctly, I like to use herbs and essential oils to cleanse the air in my home. This will not keep you or anyone in your family from getting sick, but it can lessen the chances of it. In my home, there are 3 main ways that I do this and 1 way that I’m beginning to incorporate. These are listed in the order that I currently use them.

1. Antiseptic Surface Sprays

This would be from my homemade cleaners and it includes basic cleaning supplies and essential oils. This surface spray has evolved over time from something very basic (water and vinegar only) to adding in a cleaning essential oil blend to it, to separating it into two sprays when I really want to clean well.

When I first learned of the powerful effects of vinegar followed by peroxide on germs, I knew this would be something that I’d take extra time to do when sicknesses were going around. What’s even better is that I learned of an essential oil blend that works in synergy to kill viruses and bacteria when combined, and I decided to add this to it. Here’s how it works.

Spray #1

Bottle #2

  • 1 cup pure water
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 100 drops of thieves blend

That’s it. It’s fairly simple and easy. When wintertime rolls around and viruses pick up, I simply take both of my bottles around, shake them well to mix the oils into the water, spray with #1 and wipe, then spray with #2 and wipe, and I’m all done.

2. Diffuse Essential Oils

The next thing I do is I diffuse antimicrobial essential oils in my home. I have an essential oil diffuser that can be set to diffuse off and on until the chamber is empty. This usually works well for my home. I do it once a day and call it good.

Seeing as how I have 4 kids that range in age from 7 months to almost 7 years, it can be hard to find an essential oil blend that is safe for all of them. Essential oils aren’t really recommended for kiddos under 2 unless they’re heavily diluted, and when it comes to diffusing this antimicrobial essential oil blend, I prefer the one that is for ages 3 years and up so I try to do my diffusing when my baby is down for a nap just to be on the safer side.

The blend that I use comes from aromatherapist Lea Harris, and I love it. Not only is it safe and effective, but it smells great. There are versions of this blend for younger and older ages as well that you can find here.

Anti-Germ Essential Oil Diffusion Blend

You can add your oils to your diffuser individually, or you can make a larger sized batch of this and store it in a 5 ml bottle clearly labeled if you want. Simply add 10 drops to your diffuser, and you’re good to go!

This is also a great blend to put in an essential oil pendant when you’re out and about, but that’s more for us moms than it is for our kids!

3. Herbal Air Fresheners

Herbal air fresheners are a great way to cut down on airborne viruses. They’re basically a mix between the antiseptic cleaning spray and the diffusion blend above, and they can be sprayed in the air, on pillows and sheets before bed, or on clothes before heading out anytime you need them.

Herbal Air Freshener

Mix your ingredients together in a spritzer bottle, shake well, then spray away!

4. Herbal Incense and/or Smudge Sticks

Herbal incense and smudging has been around a long time and has traditionally been used to cleanse the air of impurities such as viruses. In fact, many herbs are rolled and smoked for their healing properties. For example, mullein smoke has been known to help asthmatic children when they feel an attack coming on. Simply take a dried mullein leaf, light the end on fire, blow the flame out and waft the smoke around and breathe it in.

Smudging is very similar. You take a dried bundle of herbs (sage is most popular), light it, blow the flame out, and waft the smoke around. The properties of the herbs are released into the air as well as the scent. Beyond sage, you can use pine needles, rosemary, and even lavender. There are a lot of options. You can buy smudge sticks premade or you can grow your own herbs and make your own.

Herbal incense if very similar except you can blend herbs together and you don’t light the actual herbs on fire. You place your herb blend on top of a lit charcoal disk which heats the herbs causing them to smoke.

Here’s exactly how you do it.

  1. Take an incense burner and place a layer of sand in it.
  2. Place a charcoal disk on top of the sand and light it until it catches.
  3. Lastly, place your herb mix on top of the charcoal disk and let it smoke away.

Herbs to use for herbal incense:

How to prep your herbs for burning:

  1. Put 1 tsp. of each herb you plan on combining in an electric coffee grinder and grind until it’s a fine powder.
  2. Store in a glass jar away from heat and light. This mix is good for a couple months as powdered herbs lose their properties faster than whole herbs.
  3. Use as needed throughout the day!

Think it will stink? Think again! It actually smells nice. It’s got that wood stove or campfire smell only it’s more herby and earthy. I love it!

If you’re interested in learning more about herbal incense, this post is very informative. It will teach you how to use resins and other herbs as well as how to switch between different blends easily and so much more.

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So there you go. 4 (or more) ways to cleanse the air in your home naturally in order to decrease your families chances of getting a virus. I hope you enjoyed this post. I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments in the comment section below!
  1. Rebecca Herman says:

    Great information! I am hoping for a diffuser for Christmas, fingers crossed.

  2. Renee Kohley says:

    I need a diffuser!

  3. Amanda says:

    I love the idea of herbal incense and have never heard of or tried it before. I love getting new ideas, since I mainly rely on essential oils for air freshening.

    • Meagan says:

      That’s what I’ve done too up until now. I remember using those little incense sticks when I was a teenager, but they really smelled like synthetic fragrances and mostly gave me a headache. I’m loving the real stuff though. It’s so much better! Thanks for your comment Amanda!

  4. Nina Nelson says:

    I love the idea of an herbal air freshener! I often diffuse essential oils, but like to mix things up. I think I’ll give that spray recipe a try. 🙂

    • Meagan says:

      I love these for linen sprays Nina… and they include essential oils so the smell lingers! Laying down on a lavender smelling pillow and falling into a deep sleep has to be one of the best things in life!!

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  6. Nikkia says:

    Does the charcoal disc pollute the air, I read a article on greenmedinfo.com and it recommended a type of wood. I’m thinking charcoal disc would defeat the purpose of disinfecting the air in a closed space.

    • Meagan says:

      I’ve never come across any info about charcoal disks polluting the air Nikkia, but I’ve not really looked for it either. I’ll have to search that site and see if I can find it. There may be other options out there for incense that I don’t know about. If I find something, I’ll update the article with the new info though. Thanks so much!

  7. Daniel says:

    Hi, i am thinking of buying an incense burner to help with the air in my room. I am suffering from persistent dust mite allergies – corticosteroids and antihistamines hardly seem to work, i have tried immunotherapy injections, i have asthma aswell so that makes it worse. I think that burning herbs could be a suitable way to improve the air quality in my home, help inhibit the growth of dust mites, and i could also use it to learn herbal therapy. Do you know of any herbs that might help me – or any particular herbs that help rid dust mites?

    • Meagan says:

      I’m not sure that there are herbs out there that will actually rid your home of dust mites, Daniel. From my understanding, the best thing is to keep your home clean in order to cut down on the number of dust mites. I’d recommend using natural all-purpose sprays to keep dust off of your lights and furniture as well as vacuuming and mopping frequently. If you have allergies and asthma, keep in mind that the smoke created from burning incense may irritate that. It may be better for you to use an air purifier in 2-3 rooms of your house and to diffuse essential oils since those are vapors, not actual smoke. Of course, that could irritate you too. It really just depends on how you react to it. Best of luck!

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  11. REBEKAH HAWKE says:

    Can you recommend a diffuser that can switch on and off when it has ran out (one that could be left on if leave house?

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