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16 Essential Oils to Use When Cleaning Wood

Updated May 30, 2019 143 votes 54 voters 7.8k views16 items

The most popular essential oils for cleaning wood include: lavender, tea tree, lemon, orange, grapefruit, rosemary and tangerine. Aromatherapy can be used to clean wood in your home, including wood, cabinets, and furniture. For thousands of years, people have used essential oils for their beneficial healing properties. When properly applied or inhaled, they can relieve pain, provide antibacterial protection, and even aid in emotional therapy. So what are the best essential oils for cleaning wood?

The best essential oils for cleaning wood can be used in blends with water or vinegar to clean wood without damaging it. The healing effects of essential oils are limitless, whether you absorb them through massage, breath them through a diffuser, or inhale them directly from the bottle. The reason essential oils are so effective is because we have 50 million smell receptors in our nasal passageways. These connect directly to our brain’s limbic systems, which are responsible for our emotions and memories. In addition to the medical benefits of aromatherapy, it make us feel better simply because essential oils smell so nice!

This list discusses the best essential oils for cleaning wood. If you’ve ever tried aromatherapy to clean wood, vote up the essential oils that helped you most - and add any that I missed.
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    Cedarwood

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    Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedrus atlantica) Has calming properties; has been found in clinical tests to be of benefit to children suffering ADD and ADHD. It stimulates the limbic region of the brain  and the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, aiding in sleep cycles. Can be diffused or applied topically. Best place to apply it is to the base of the neck.
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    Rosemary

    Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) can be useful for aching muscles, arthritis, dandruff, dull skin, exhaustion, gout, hair care, muscle cramping, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism and headaches. It is best to avoid using it while pregnant of if you have epilepsy. It can be taken orally, used topically and in a diffuser.
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    Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilcum) is useful as an antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, antiseptic, and decongestant. People with epilepsy, children and pregnant women should avoid using basil. It may also be a skin irritation. It can be ingested if diluted and used in a diffuser.
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  • Grapefruit Essential Oil can be useful for preventing water retention and bloating and can also help dissolve fat; it helps to release fatty acids into the bloodstream where the body breaks them down and uses them for energy. It is also an appetite suppressant. There are no known side effects to using it, but some concerns have been raised about the potential link between using grapefruit and the development of breast cancer. It can be taken internally, inhaled or used in a diffuser.
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