By Tom Havran
I just built a house with my partner of 21 years, and it was the most stressful thing I’ve ever attempted. It’s the first house I’ve built — and it will be the last if I can help it! Inclement weather delayed groundbreaking for two months and completion by four. Costs were underestimated by about a third. The building site was broken into twice and thousands of dollars in equipment and materials were stolen. The endless decision-making on every fixture, feature, appliance, color, floor covering, door latch, ad infinitum, was like brokering the end of WW III. But finally, our house is done and we’re moving in. We’ve weathered the stressful process and made a long-yearned for dream a beautiful reality, and we’re grateful.
We’re most grateful for the learning that comes from building a home. We discovered it’s not the square footage, the upscale fixtures or the comfortable furnishings that create a sense of place, it’s the people and the love that the house shelters that are its most precious features. In building a house, we’ve come to know what it truly takes to create a home. Thieves can steal all the stuff in your house, a tornado can blow it down, or a fire can consume it, but if you still have one another, then you still have what it takes to have a home.
Home aromatherapy — diffusing the therapeutic properties of essential oils into your home — is another intangible that can help make your house a home. Scents have a powerful effect on our emotional well-being and some help us feel comfortable and secure — ideal for a home environment. Here are a few of the oils that are helping us make our new house a home:
- Eucalyptus provides an expansive, uplifting sense of space and freshness. Eucalyptus encourages you to pause, take a deep breath and be present in what you have. I like to combine eucalyptus with any citrus oil, but especially bergamot and lemon.
- Cedarwood provides a rich, earthy, deeply meditative atmosphere of peace and security. Diffusing cedarwood is a great way to create a sense of sacred space. I like to combine it with Mandarin orange and balsam fir needle.
- Lavender provides a soft, floral-herbal aroma that inspires calm and balance and encourages relaxation. I like to diffuse it in the bedroom at nighttime along with other relaxing oils such as Roman chamomile, geranium and patchouli.
- Cinnamon provides a spicy, homey and familiar scent that is very comforting. I like to combine it with clove, anise and sweet orange to freshen the kitchen and dining areas when they’re not being used.
What scents make your house feel like home?
About the author: Tom is communicator of natural living for Frontier, Simply Organic and Aura Cacia brands. In other words, he’s a very imaginative copywriter. A local boy, raised on a farm just down the road from the company’s headquarters in Norway, Tom enjoys drawing, plant hoarding, cooking and living the simple life in the beautiful state of Iowa.