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7 Essential Oils for Your Home and Family

Are you trying to stay away from harsh chemical products as you move towards living a more natural and Earth-friendly life?

Essential oils are probably the solution you’re looking for due to their incredible versatility. There’s a ton you can learn about using essential oils in your home and family, and this article briefly explores how seven of these oils could help you in different ways.

1. Lemon Oil

Let’s start with one of the three most popular essential oils on the market—lemon. Lemon is one of the most popular essential oils due to its helpful and reliable cleaning ability, coupled with a citrusy, fresh scent that everyone loves.

Furthermore, not only is it an incredible antibacterial agent but it can also help remove sticky residue from things such as bottles after removing their labels. You can do this to recycle them and use as a container for something else.

Pour a few drops on the sticky area, rub it in and let it sit for a minute or two and then just rub out the residue.Other popular uses for lemon essential oil are degreasing and paint stripping.

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2. Melaleuca

Melaleuca is also known as tea tree oil and can be used as a natural cleaner for your home. Although it has a particularly strong scent, it is a strong antifungal cleaner that can be used to kill off mold and bacteria.

The most popular use for melaleuca oil, however, is in the skin care area, specifically for acne treatment. In fact, many skin care products have tea tree oil added in order to make the product more effective.

3. Eucalyptus

A stuffy nose is one of the most irritating conditions you can have because it’s not only hard to breathe, but you can’t exactly sleep it off either. Eucalyptus essential oil is an excellent home remedy to clear those nasal airways and have you breathing again with no problems.

If the whole family is dealing with stuffy noses, diffuse 10 drops in a diffuser of your choice but if there’s just one unlucky person, pour 3 drops in their palm, have them rub them together and inhale. You can also add 3 drops to a tablespoon of coconut oil and rub into the chest and the back of the neck.

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4. Clove

Clove essential oil has been shown to be an excellent mosquito repellent. There was even a study that showed it to be the best out of a list of 38 different oils, working for two to four hours on different species of mosquito.

The main active ingredient, eugenol, is also a great antiseptic for cleaning cuts and wounds to prevent infection.

5. Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil has a refreshing and familiar scent and like eucalyptus, it is a powerful decongestant. Furthermore, many small insects, such as spiders and ants, dislike menthol scents like peppermint essential oil.

To use it as an insect repellent, pour a few drops onto a cotton ball and rub it in areas where you’ve seen or expect to see insects. With ants, for example, you may see a trail of them walking along the wall—use this method to not only break up their scent trail (how ants let each other know where to go) but to keep them away as well.

To take it a step further, you can try this DIY ant killer solution, wait a few days for them to bring some of it back to the colony, then apply the peppermint oil.

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6. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is another natural insecticide which works the same as peppermint, except that the effects are due to its active ingredient, cinnamaldehyde.

7. Lavender

Like lemon, lavender is one of the most popular essential oils due to its incredible versatility. It acts as a mild sedative to help induce sleep and is also a great anti-inflammatory for dealing with joint and muscle aches, as well as headaches.

For aches and pains, massage a few drops into the target area. For headaches, however, inhalation (whether directly or by diffusion) and a temple massage are recommended.

It has also been shown to help accelerate wound healing.

All information and resources provided are based on the opinions and experiences of the author, unless otherwise noted. Information is intended to encourage readers to do their own research and come to their own conclusions, and should never substitute or replace the recommendations of a qualified healthcare provider. Always consult your physician before making changes to your diet, exercise, or general wellness plan, even when using holistic methods.

Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, attorney, interior decorator, strategic leader and teacher. She runs a website called Pure Path Essential Oils, a naturopathic wellness company that promotes healthy living and healing through the use of essential oils and sustainable living. You can follow her on social media to learn more about the benefits of essential oils, and healthy living practices.
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3 Best Artificial Christmas Trees

Ah, the great tree debate. I love writing about this because there are so many good points. Artificial trees can contribute to major waste if cheap variations are purchased. And real trees, if not sustainably farmed or replanted, pose risk to our environment as well. Allergens and fungi have also been an expressed concern.

To me, it's a total toss up. I typically lean toward artificial because I know I'm committed to using it year after year, and recycling if it ever bites the dust. My childhood Christmases revolved around that simple hook-style, lovably unrealistic tree. These days construction has become more sustainable and recycling efforts have improved. Love me or hate me for it, but if you're sold too, here are the three best picks.

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Concern over landfill waste causes some ill feelings toward the use of artificial trees. Oncor has been working to solve those problems by completely designing their trees from recycled material. They've changed some of the dynamics and stick to the old-school hook branch method, which improves the strength and lifespan of their trees. 30 years is the minimum projected time of usage for an Oncor tree.

Trees come in a recycled, sturdy cardboard box, which the company encourages customers to use as a storage method. Lastly, part of their proceeds fund a variation of charitable organizations.

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Tree Classics

A complete showstopper, Tree Classic’s Colorado Blue Spruce Snap Tree is unbelievably realistic and full. It's design mimics the official tree symbol of the state, and it will stop anyone in their tracks when they walk by.

Snap trees literally tilt upward and "snap" into place. With two people, assembly can be accomplished in less than five minutes. The tree is solid, which makes it a little heavy, so having help is important. After Christmas it can be stored upright in the garage or a closet.

The LED lights system is the coolest part; fade from white lights to colored, use the twinkling effect, or choose if you want to keep it on multicolored or traditional. The option to choose is wonderful since it's easy to be torn between a classic white look, or festive colors.

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King of Christmas

King of Christmas’ realistic trees are more affordable than most realistic variations, but still boast the high-quality construction that can last a lifetime. King of Christmas also has several unlit options, meaning you can reduce power consumption by selecting your own energy conserving lights while being able to use your own creativity. Candy cane stripes with red and white lights perhaps? Or maybe a good old fashioned blue Christmas tree.

Whether you pick a real or artificial tree, Merry Christmas!

Karyn Wofford is a type 1 diabetic, EMT and Certified Wellness Specialist. For years she has educated herself on wellness and natural, wholesome living. Karyn’s goal is to help people be the healthiest they can be while living fun, happy lives.

12 Quick Kitchen Updates to Make Before the Holidays

The winter holidays are coming, and with them plenty of time in the kitchen. You’ll be whipping up holiday favorites, hanging out with family and friends, and preparing festive dinners.

Does the thought of people hanging out in your kitchen make you cringe? Maybe you yearn for a redo, but the budget won’t stretch as far as you’d like? No worries. There are plenty of ways to do quick kitchen updates that will make it look amazing. Many quick kitchen updates are also surprisingly affordable. People will notice it looks spruced up even if they can’t immediately put their finger on what looks fresh and different.

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Here’s 12 quick kitchen updates that you can easily accomplish before the holidays.

Paint the Kitchen Cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets is quick and very affordable. If you’re feeling ambitious, you might even create a holiday theme, with red and green cabinets. Citrusy colors are also bright and lively and will add cheer to the winter holidays.

Add Updated Cabinet Handles and Pulls

It’s easy and affordable to replace your old cabinet doors and pulls with new, spruced-up ones. If you’ve had plain handles for years, buy some in bright contrasting colors for a great pop in the kitchen.

Paint an Accent Wall

Painting an entire kitchen can be a major effort, given the number of large appliances that have to be pulled out from the wall. Painting just one accent wall can be smooth sailing and done in an afternoon. Here, too, you can choose a color that’s great for the holidays, like scarlet or navy, which will also lift your spirits come February.

Purchase Small Appliances in Vibrant Colors

If you’ve been thinking of purchasing some small appliance, do it now. Choose an eye-popping color to provide a bright contrast with your existing color scheme. In a yellow kitchen, you can choose a deep tangerine-colored juicer. Are your walls light blue? A navy toaster will look right at home.

Change Around Your Cabinet Doors

If you’ve had the same cabinet doors for years and don’t want to paint, it’s equally fun to simply change out the doors. A contrasting door or two can present an appealing pattern to observers. Glass cabinet doors are a great option, and they show off your china to great advantage. Plus point for the holidays: Glass doors let guests locate the dishes they’ve been asked to find.

Add a Backsplash

Nothing says country kitchen like a beautiful tile or tile pattern. Backsplashes in tile can comment on the kitchen, like a retro milkmaid, or be scenes of dairy cows in the spring. Tiles can be added in a few days. Only a few are needed for a lovely backsplash.

Add New Rugs

If you currently have no rugs, adding some will give your kitchen an entirely new look. Be sure to either harmonize or contrast with your existing kitchen. If you currently have a rug, buy a completely different look. Is your current kitchen rug beige? Add a bright, vibrant peach.

Create New Window Treatments

Window treatments can entirely alter the look of a kitchen. If you currently have curtains that allow you to look out, wooden half-shutters will be an entirely new look and add a green and sustainable feel to your kitchen. Japanese blinds can also be a new, environmentally conscious look, and they harmonize with all colors.

Change Your Light Fixtures

Give your current light fixture the once-over. Change it up. Many kitchens have one central light, often rectangular. There’s no reason you have to stay with that — you can replace the fixture with a bright circle or diamond shape. One key advantage to a new light fixture: They remove the necessity of cleaning the old one for holiday parties.

Replace the Countertops

This is a pricier redo, beloved of many TV home renovation shows. However, there are many ways to replace countertops that don’t run a high price tag. Many laminates are less expensive than marble and granite, and equally durable. It’s also possible to replace just one or two countertops in textures and materials that harmonize with the old.

Add a Vase

Fresh flowers can make a kitchen look spruced up. Even just one carefully chosen rose on the table makes the area look special and expectant. Choose a pleasant vase that will look equally good with the kids’ wildflowers and a sprig of Christmas holly.

Choose Some Holiday Kitchen Magnets

If you always have magnets decorating your refrigerator or message space, go all out to get some holiday-themed ones. They’re a bright and cheery piece of décor that doubles as a utilitarian way to hold your shopping lists and school reminders.

Want to do some quick and easy kitchen updates for the holidays? This dozen will have your kitchen looking like the merriest place in the house.

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Leather

You probably have a million of them. A not-so-reasonable stash of leather belts you’ll honestly never wear again. Big buckles, punch designs, skinny, wide, battered or barely worn. Don’t worry! Below you’ll find five innovative ways to turn all that leather into creative, functional and unique items.

Of significant note are the many benefits for repurposing old leather. A non-sustainable material, leather is made from the hide of an animal. The tanning process utilizes highly toxic substances which off-gas directly into the environment. Detrimental to tanners individually, the physical area in which tanning plants function and our carbon footprint, hazardous effects of leather-production pollutants are far-reaching and severe.

Repurposing leather gives old product new use. Doing so in your home as a DIY project extends material life, eliminates fossil fuel transport costs, and let’s face it—saves you money. Never mind how much fun it is to design inventive items and revel in the wow-factor of their final form!

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1) Weave a New Chair Seat

Do you have a sturdy chair with classic lines but a worn seat? Consider a woven leather replacement. Using the current seat form as a guide, gather several belts and line them up to measure against both the length and width. You’ll want to leave enough length on each to allow for slack. Cut and weave leather strips basket-style. Staple each end securely to the bottom of the chair form, stretching first to reinforce weave strength.

If you use belts with different shading and design features, try to balance them out, so the finished product doesn’t look too piecemeal. For a more uniform look, check out leather paint options. Specialty leather paint products provide full coverage or can help you add specific artistic detail. Painting as a final step enhances conditioning and protection of your repurposed leather.

For this and other projects listed below, it’s best to use a staple gun appropriate for working with leather and a pair of heavy-cutting shears.

2) Customize a Camera Strap

Add vintage charm to your Digital SLR — single lens reflex—camera by customizing a leather strap. Measure belt length based on how you routinely carry and maneuver the device. At each end of the fitted piece, punch a hole and thread copper wire through. Attach the wires to your camera’s side clips and twist securely.

Holes can effectively be punched through leather with an awl, electric drill, Phillips head screwdriver, leather punch or — in a pinch — the corkscrew of a wine opener! Make sure you drill through the belt into a scrap piece of wood that is well-weighted to guarantee stability.

3) Design Drawer Pulls

Picture a farmhouse bureau or rustic kitchen cabinetry sporting specialty leather drawer pulls. Consider whether long, thin strips or boxier pieces would best accentuate your desired look. Grab leather colored to stand in direct visual contrast from the article in question. Darker belt shades will highlight well against light-colored drawers and vice versa.

Simply cut leather strips with scissors and attach with small nails or rivets. That’s all there is to it!

4) Hang an Indoor Terrarium

For this project, you’ll need two belts, one wide and one narrow. Gather a glass milk container or small-mouthed vase that remains relatively full on the bottom. You will build your terrarium in this receptacle with an air plant and some pebbles. Consider adding a bit of natural moss as well to regulate the watering process, which can be tricky.

Both belts will be fashioned into a unique hanger. First, glue the terrarium bottom to the middle of the wider belt. Once the glue has dried, pull the belt buckle up into an oval and glue along the terrarium sides, leaving enough free space on top for hanging. Think of the garden as sitting in a narrow hammock. To secure the jar, cut to measure and firmly fasten your narrow belt around the neck.

5) Fashion a Strapping Wreath

Purchase a wreath form from your nearest craft store and wrap belts about in a slight crisscross manner. Arrange buckles as ornaments. Garnish with greens, berries, fall foliage or hang as a fashion-savvy year-round piece.

Don’t be alarmed, as you get the hang of repurposing old leather, to note surprising belt junkie tendencies. You may compulsively ask friends and casual acquaintances for their old belts or systematically haunt thrift shops. It’s all good. After all, the more leather is reused, the more sustainable it becomes!

How to Keep a Healthy Home with Pets

Pets can add an immense amount of joy to the lives of their owners. No matter what animal you have, your pet quickly becomes your whole world. They love unconditionally and provide great companionship, which is why they deserve to live in a happy, healthy home, just like you do.

One of the biggest issues with bringing an animal into your home is that it becomes more difficult to keep your living space clean. Each kind of animal presents unique cleaning challenges, most of which can only be dealt with over time. You’ll eventually build a routine around your pet and come to know how dirty they can get and just how to clean up after them.

The concern comes in when you consider how the filth pets create can actually harm your health and that of your pet. Germs are germs, even if they come riding in on the furry back of your best friend. There are some easy ways to combat the dirt and grime left behind by pets, so you can continue loving and living your life together.

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Shelve Those Pet Supplies

The only exception to this rule is possibly fish food. Pet supplies make a mess. Picture your dog’s brush that’s full of hair or the hay you feed your guinea pigs that always ends up on the carpet. The best way to keep pet messes minimized is by storing whatever you can out of the way. Keep small pet supplies in a closet or cupboard. They’ll be out of sight, and the mess they create will stay in a small space.

Clean Carpets Often

Owning small animals that live in cages may make you feel like you’re exempt from cleaning your carpets, but that isn’t true. Dirt brought in on pet paws or bacteria left by what’s tossed out of small animal cages will live and multiply in your carpet, especially microscopic bacteria too small for the eye to see. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly clean your carpets twice a year if you own pets.

Vacuum and Dust

Cleaning up after animals results in the need to vacuum and dust more regularly. As all pet owners know, pet hair and dander get everywhere, and that includes on top of ceiling fans and underneath rugs. A big part of keeping your home healthy is vacuuming and dusting.

If you have a dog, one time you may not think to vacuum is after washing your pet. Getting dog fur wet makes it much easier for loose hairs to come out. Groomers recommend drying your dog with a safe dryer in a small area that’s easy to vacuum. This will minimize what you have to clean while keeping your dog happy and healthy.

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Designate an Eating Area

When dogs and cats eat, food can get everywhere. Whether you feed them dry or wet food, it’ll always get outside the bowl. Water will, too. If you change up where your pet eats, the mess will travel, so keep your pet’s eating space to one spot — and maybe even raise the bowl — to make cleanup easier on yourself. For owners with small pets, try getting heavy bowls that can’t be tipped over or ones that can be hooked onto the side of the cage.

Keeping pet mess to a minimum will not only keep you happier, but healthier too. When living with pets, be aware of the germs and bacteria that can multiply from what your furry or feathered friends leave behind. No matter how cute they are or how much they love you, pets need to be taken care of and it’s better for everyone if owners know exactly what they need to do.

How to Start Cleaning with Essential Oils

When my daughter was born, I made the decision to switch to a more natural life style. Starting out, sounded like an expensive and lengthy process. Overwhelmed by the amount of work this required, I turned to bloggers and websites like Mother Earth Living. I spent hours researching the best options. I made trips to the natural stores. Read every label (this drove my husband crazy!).  Here is a tiny sliver of what I discovered.

1. Smalls steps are easy on your pockets and on your anxiety levels.

When you first start out, you feel like everything you own is going to hurt you and your family. Take it easy, one day you will look back and the small steps you took, may have flipped everything to the lifestyle you wanted.

2. Start with stuff you didn’t even know you already have.

• White Vinegar
• Baking Soda
• Lemons

These three items go a long way. You can use them in your laundry, kitchen and bathroom! The best part about them is that they are VERY affordable. Even if you don’t have them now, you’ll spend $10 at the most. My clothes look amazing since I started using white vinegar. The washing machine benefits from the white vinegar as well, the inside is clean and doesn’t have any odor.

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3. Incorporate Essential Oils

I know, essential oils can be expensive, and not knowing what they are for is overwhelming. That’s why I said, small steps. No need to go crazy and order the most expensive kit out there, just because you want to use essential oils. Maybe you will work yourself up to that point. It took me two years to make an actual investment. You have time, you can do this. So, where to start you ask? I’ll tell you!

Lemon Essential Oil 100% Pure – We talked about using lemon; well, the essential oil (EO) is a concentrated form that doesn’t expire for a long while. You can use a drop or two, in your laundry detergent (I use a free-fragrance option; you can make your own or purchase one at your local natural store). You can use it to clean wood furniture (diluted with a carrier oil, like almond or fractionated coconut oil). Use this guide to make the most of cancer-fighting, mood-boosting lemon essential oil.

Lavender Essential Oil 100%  Pure – a very popular choice, that shouldn’t hurt your pockets.  Lavender is very versatile; you could also use it with your laundry or with a diffuser to calm your mind and body in the evening hours. This one is great for my daughter. She is sensitive to synthetic fragrance, and we have been able to use this in her baths and lotions. I simply add 15 drops to a 16oz lotion bottle. I also use a roller of lavender for mosquito bites. You can purchase premade rollers or make your own with carrier oil. I usually fill the roller halfway and add 5 drops of lavender.

Peppermint Essential Oil 100%  Pure – Peppermint is a topic of controversies, so make sure you are choosing an option that aligns with your ethical values. You can make a cleaning spray and add lemon. Usually, I take an 8 ounce spray bottle, mix 6 ounces distilled water and either 2 ounces alcohol or 2 ounces witch hazel. Add 20 drops of peppermint and 40 drops of lemon.

(The dilutions explained above, are methods that have worked for our family, always make sure to test on a small patch of skin to find out if you have a reaction, most honest and ethical sellers will give you information regarding how you should dilute your essential oils. Make sure you are using carrier oil when using topically. Essential oils are extremely concentrated)

In my opinion, Edens Garden does a wonderful job of educating the consumer. Their Intro to Essential Oils is a great way to start. There are other wonderful companies in the world of EOs, so feel free to research others and decided which one work best for you and your family.

Essential oils are packed with antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Find out how to choose the best essential oils for cleaning your home naturally. I sincerely wish you the best and hope you reach a more natural approach to your home. Remember to take small steps, no need to break the bank or stress your family out. Take it from someone who has been there done that.

Queren is a Digital Content Assistant for Ogden Publications, a freelance photographer and a mother of a two year old daughter.  Recently, she moved to a farm, after living in the city all of her life. During her free time, she enjoys researching essential oils, listening to podcasts, walks, and a good TV show.

Renovate Your Spare Room into a Wellness Center

Between traffic, social media, and work, there’s probably not one among us who couldn’t use a little extra R&R. And what better place to decompress than in your very own home meditation room or spa? Converting a spare bedroom into a wellness area like this allows you to create a peaceful retreat away from the hubbub of the rest of your home. But to really get the rest you need, it’s best to take an intentional approach toward your design. The tips below will help you transform a spare room in your home into a place of rest, ease, and spiritual nourishment.

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Embrace a Minimalist Aesthetic

Of all the things a wellness room may be, it should never be cluttered. Not only does clutter look chaotic, it can also have a negative effect on your well-being and mental health. In a crowded space, your brain attempts to process multiple stimuli at once, fails, and becomes stressed. In fact, some studies have shown a connection between the number of objects in a home and the amount of cortisol—the stress hormone—present in the body. To avoid this issue, keep surfaces clear of knickknacks and excess objects, and opt for furniture with a clean, slim profile, rather than pieces with lots of extra decorations and frills. Don’t go too far in your minimalism, though, because a stark or empty room can also trigger feelings of fear and emptiness. A sense of balance is always best.

Choose the Right Color Palette

Color is tricky, because all of us have our own unique personal associations with different hues. However, in general, reds and oranges stimulate and excite the emotions, so they make a poor choice in a meditation room. Most people find soft blues, greens, and grays to be the most soothing options, but muted pinks, beiges, and lavenders make a nice alternative as well. Consider painting one wall as a decorative accent wall that can be seen immediately as you open the door. This makes a good place for more focused meditation or gratitude practice, and it can be a nice spot for your home altar (more on that below).

Pay Attention to the Lighting in the Room

Of course, other factors can influence your mood, too. If you’re able to get it, a source of natural light can do wonders. The effects of sunlight have been studied extensively, and it’s been universally shown to boost productivity, focus, and happiness, and to help normalize sleep cycles. No window in your room? You may want to consider having one installed. A panoramic window wall or floor-to-ceiling layout bring a nice, natural harmony to the space. If that’s not an option, though, a sunlamp or table lamp with multiple color warmth settings makes a good alternative—try warm yellow or white settings for a peaceful vibe in your room.

Add Some Natural Elements

Exposure to nature through windows also restores fraying nerves and bring a special awareness to your meditation sessions. Researchers have found that spending time gazing at views of nature improves attention and concentration, suggesting that we’re hardwired to feel more peaceful in a natural setting. Here again, a room with wide, open windows will serve you well—particularly if those windows are finished with high-efficiency glazings that will keep you comfortable in the space all year long. If windows aren’t available, be sure to add some potted plants instead. Graceful, draping species like spider plants or golden pothos make an ideal choice, since both are easy to grow indoors. They also improve the air quality by removing harmful pollutants from the air you breathe.

Give Yourself Plenty of Inviting Cushioning

If you want to design a space you can really relax in, you’ll need to make it an amalgam of different soft textures. Curved, cushioned furniture has an effect on our minds. Too many angles in a room can trigger the amygdala in the brain, bringing feelings of fear and anxiety to the surface. Pick out plenty of pillows, bolsters, and meditation cushions—this will help you find a comfortable position for yoga or meditation practices, and it’ll invite a sense of comfort to the space, too.

Bring in Soothing Scents

Scent, much like color, is very personal. Everyone has their own attachments and memories associated with different smells, so it can be difficult to name one that’s universally loved. However, in surveys, vanilla is generally rated as a calming and soothing smell. Other research has shown positive results from lavender, which is believed to improve mood and soothe anxiety. Regardless of your scent preferences, always opt for an essential oil diffuser over commercial candles and perfumes. Many of these commercial products contain artificial ingredients that could be potentially harmful for your health, so it’s best to keep them far away from your meditation space. Find essential oil blends and tips for creating your favorite natural scents in "The Naturally Aromatic Home."

Create a Meditation Corner or Altar

An altar in your wellness area offers a visual reminder to practice gratitude, allowing you to embrace the day’s events with an open, welcoming heart. It’s a spot to meditate or do some deep thinking, or even just to appreciate the peace and quiet. To design your altar space, look for a low table, shelf, or other clear surface that you can position in a prominent spot in the room. Decorate this table with items that you consider personally meaningful or “sacred.” That could mean a memento from a special time in your life, or just an item that makes you happy or brings up feelings of peace and well-being. Your wellness space should be a place that’s uniquely you—so be sure to incorporate elements that really resonate. After all, if you can’t express yourself in your meditation room, where can you do it?

Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time as a heating and cooling expert for Modernize HVAC, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.