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16 Essential Oils to Use When Cleaning Wood

Updated May 30, 2019 143 votes 54 voters 7.6k 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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    Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) Reduces depression; restores endocrine and immune systems to normal levels. There are no known side effects to using orange essential oils. Can be diffused or taken internally.
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    Lavender

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    Lavender Essential Oil (Lavendula angustifolia) Relaxes you and makes you more alert; can balance any personality. Possible dangers of not using lavender properly are: irritation of the skin, allergic reactions, nausea, headache, chills or vomiting. Can be applied topically or diffused in a room.
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    Lemon

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    Lemon Essential Oil (Bioflavonoid) Lemon aids in relaxation and can be used for the common cold, Swine Flu, ringing in the ears and kidney stones. It can be taken internally or applied externally in small doses. Lemon is safe in food amounts and may be safe in higher medicinal amounts. The side effects of higher amounts of lemon are not known. Applying lemon directly to the skin may increase the chance of sunburn, especially if you have lighter skin.
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    Tea Tree

    Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is useful for skin problems such as acne, pimples and protection from radiation burns and hair improvement for oil control, dandruff and stimulating the scalp. It has regeneration properties that reduce swelling as well. There are not many side effects associated with using tea tree oil; however, children under the age of 6 should use cation. It can also create contact sensitization with repeated use. It can be used topically or in a diffuser.
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