MARTHA O'SULLIVAN | Smyrna Real Estate, Binings Real Estate, Marietta Real Estate


Aromatic oils have been used for millennia by cultures like the ancient Greeks and Egyptians for use in medicines and ointments. And, to this day, many of us use products containing essential oils, such as perfumes, shampoo, cleaning supplies, and even the food we eat.

More recently, essential oils have become a popular DIY ingredient for household items. In this post, I’m going to share with you some of the many household uses for essential oils and break down which oils are suited for each purpose.

Read on for tips on using essential oils in your home.

Oil diffusers


Perhaps the most common use for essential oils is in an oil diffuser that emits an aromatic steam into the air of your home. Oil diffusers are great for a desktop that you work by, particularly in the winter time when the air tends to be dry. This mist can help mitigate the effects of dry air on your throat and nasal passage, and emit a pleasant air freshening odor into the room.

There are several oils and oil blends that are used in oil diffusers. Some of the most common oils used are lavender, peppermint, and several citrus-scents like lemon, bergamot, and wild orange.

When using an oil diffuser, be sure to use only a few drops of the oil--using too much can become easily overpowering and even irritating to the skin, nose, and eyes.

Room mists

Many top-brand air fresheners use essential oils as part of their ingredients. However, they also contain a number of other additives that you might not enjoy. Essential oils give you the ability to create a blend that works for you.

Combine water with a few drops of essential oils into a spray bottle for a refreshing room mist. This solution can even be used on most fabrics--however, just like with an oil diffuser, make sure you don’t put too many drops of essential oils in your solution to protect your fabrics.

Cleaning solutions

Cleaning supplies can get expensive very quickly. Fortunately, the ingredients to make a simple all-purpose cleaner are cheap and can make over a gallon of solution that you can keep refilling as needed.

Vinegar and water-based cleaning solutions often incorporate a few drops of essential oils like peppermint, lemon, and other fresh, “clean” smelling scents.

The best part? These solutions are made from non-toxic ingredients that can typically be used on your countertops, inside microwaves, and on other surfaces that food may come into contact with.


A quick warning: essential oils are made by distilling vast amounts of plant material into very concentrated oils. This means that the oils are exponentially more potent than their plant counterparts. Overuse can easily cause rashes and irritation, so use sparingly, avoid contact with your eyes when working with oils, and always read instructions before use.


RARE opportunity to own a 2 bed 2 bath unit in this popular gated swim/tennis community convenient to everything under 200k in VININGS. Hardwoods in main area, kitchen with granite c'tops, beautiful master bath with walk in shower, living room with fireplace & built in shelving all of this overlooking green space & within walking distance to Vinings & Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area; only mins to SunTrust Park; convenient to 285 & 75; 10 mins to D'town, 25 mins airport. Well maintained & quiet community in the heart of VININGS. Clean and MOVE IN READY!

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4632 Ivygate Circle, Atlanta, GA 30339  

Residential
$365,000
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$365,000
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4
Bedrooms
4/1
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LOCATION is PERFECT!! END unit townhome in a quiet gated community in Vinings. 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Lower level bedroom perfect for guest. Amazing bonus room on 4th level great for teen suite. New Kitchen appliances! Living room offers gas fireplace & built in bookshelves. H'woods on main floor, fresh paint, new carpet, newer roof, new HVAC & water heater PLUS 2 car garage. This JW Community offers large pool, clubhouse & updated workout facility. Best price in the community for the sq footage, Minutes to D'town, M'Town, SunTrust Park and Airport!


3513 Essex Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30339  

Residential
$195,000
Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
RARE opportunity to own a 2 bed 2 bath unit in this popular gated swim/tennis community convenient to everything under 200k in VININGS. Hardwoods in main area, kitchen with granite c'tops, beautiful master bath with walk in shower, living room with fireplace & built in shelving all of this overlooking green space & within walking distance to Vinings & Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area; only mins to SunTrust Park; convenient to 285 & 75; 10 mins to D'town, 25 mins airport. Well maintained & quiet community in the heart of VININGS. Clean and MOVE IN READY!


When selling your home, you want to be able to get the largest return for your investment. And buyers are looking for their next place to call home. They are looking for a place that they can see themselves living and creating a future. And oftentimes, it’s very difficult for buyers to look beyond the cosmetics of a home, especially when viewing online. Therefore, if large investments are not in the cards for you or won’t bring a significant ROI, small home improvements are the way to go. These small improvements can take your home from blah to wow!

Let’s take a look at some of the best small home improvements that will certainly provide you with a return.  

1. Fresh coat of paint: A fresh coat of paint can make the world of a difference in a home. It can instantly brighten up a space and make the home look and feel newer—an instant plus for any seller and buyer. But be sure to choose more neutral colors as not everyone will be a fan of bold colors.

2. Adding architectural touches: Architectural features like crown molding and a chair rail can add an elegant upgrade to any home. They can be fairly inexpensive and would only take a weekend to put up.

3. Update front door: Your front door is a large part of your curb appeal. And a home’s curb appeal can leave a substantial impression on buyers. You can go the inexpensive route and add a pop of color that compliments your home’s exterior and landscaping or purchase a new door if a coat of paint won’t do the trick.

4. Add a backsplash: Backsplashes don’t have to break the bank to catch a buyer’s eye. And there are so many options from subway tile to mosaic to antique tin.

5. New hardware: Updating the hardware in your kitchen and bathroom can make the world of a difference. Adding modern hardware to cabinet doors will add a refreshing, simple update.

6. Update fixtures: Replacing old, worn down bathroom and kitchen fixtures is a very simple home improvement. Although not the cheapest of these options, they will definitely make a big difference in those rooms.Think of a home built in the 90s that has brass fixtures. The home looks very outdated and therefore worth less in the eyes of a buyer. If you update these fixtures to pewter or brushed nickel, you are instantly bringing the spaces into the 21st century and catching the appeal of buyers.

The amount of time, effort, and money that you want to put back into your home is a decision that you alone can make. It may seem silly to put more money into the home you are trying to sell, but it’s quite the opposite. Be smart about your updates and improvements. Try to think like a buyer and make updates that the majority will like and want.