Using Essential Oils to Clean the Air

Using Essential Oils to Clean the Air

Last Updated on February 2, 2022 by Organic Aromas

According to research by the EPA, or the Environmental Protection Agency, we spend around 90% of our time indoors. This means that 90% of the air we breathe is indoor air, rather than the fresh air one would breathe while outside. Indoor air can be polluted with all types of allergens, and because they’re not seen, you typically don’t realize you’re breathing them in. These indoor pollutants can worsen allergy symptoms, they can exacerbate asthma, and they can leave you feeling run down throughout the day. For those with sinus conditions or easily irritated sinuses, these pollutants can even leave you feeling like you’re battling a cold you can’t quit, when it’s in truth the pollutants tricking you into thinking you’re getting sick.

Essential oils when diffused do a lot more than just aromatherapy, they can also help to cleanse the air you breathe. When using the right essential oils in your nebulizing diffuser, microbes, fungal spores, and other pollutants are no match, and you can reap the therapeutic rewards of the oils while simultaneously leaving your home with cleaner, fresher, and healthier air.

What Essential Oils Should I Use to Improve Air Quality?

Some essential oils are perfect for improving air quality, and others when diffused may release volatile organic compounds that can potentially irritate asthmatic conditions. For this reason, it’s important to know what essential oils to use in air purifying, and there are several you can choose from. The oils that work best for purifying and improving air quality are:


Lavender essential oil is the natural soother, and there are a ton of uses for this oil in aromatherapy and air purifying. The antimicrobial properties of lavender essential oil has been shown to be effective in eradicating airborne fungi and bacteria within a span of 30 to 60 minutes, two of the most common airborne irritants found in the average home. On top of this air purifying benefit, you also receive the relaxation and tension relief benefits of the natural lavender scent. Because lavender has such a positive effect on sleep, and pure air aids in better rest, this is a great purification method to use before bedtime to achieve maximum benefit.


Thyme essential oil not only has antibacterial properties to purify normal indoor air allergens, but this is the oil you want to purify air when seasonal bugs are making their round around your home. Not the insect type of bug, but the type of bug that you can’t see, the kind that gets your family down and out for weeks at a time especially during the fall and winter months.

Tea Tree

Tea tree essential oil is a superhero when it comes to antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Cleansing the air with tea tree essential oils helps to rid the air of germs spread around during cold and flu season, while also taking care of spores and other common air allergens.

Using Essential Oils to Clean the Air

Why Clean the Air Using Essential Oils?

Purifying your indoor air is important, but do you know why? Poor indoor air can have quite a few effects on your health, and with how much time the average person spends indoors, these pollutants can really begin to take a toll on how you feel. Some of the most common effects of poor indoor air quality are sore throat, sinus irritation and congestion, cough, watery eyes, and even itchy skin. By keeping your air clean, you can help to alleviate these symptoms, and provide yourself with the air your body needs to feel its best without the irritation.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your knowledge here. I’m looking forward to learning more about defusing. If only I had thought using Thyme through this past winter.

  2. A great article; I am in recovery from NTM and very conscious of air quality. Knew about lavender, but looking forward to trying the tea tree and thyme. Thanks for the information!

  3. I have COPD so I use either a BREATHE or Eucalyptus a lot. A neighbor stopped by today and could not stop talking about how good my apartment smelled. And I am in it but don’t really notice the scent.

  4. Tea Tree is a must in our home it should no be run out. I am looking forward to try the EOs of organic aroma and counting the day until my order of Nebulizing diffuser arrived.

  5. What about pets? Are there oils that should Not be diffused with animals in the house? Not just cats& dogs, how about birds? Or mist settling in fish tank water? Just curious for the creatures sake.

  6. I love all these fragrances but I am dogs and I read somewhere that Teatree oil used in a diffuser is not good for dogs. I don’t know for sure if that’s correct or not As I can’t remember where I got the article from

  7. I spend more time indoors the last few winters than when I was in better health, I have been fighting one cold virus after another so my strength is down. I am learning so much from your blog on how these oils can be helpful for so many things. I have rheumatoid arthritis which is flaring up creating more stress which equals more pain. Lavender is a scent I really find helpful, I rest and my mood is lighter. And I was familiar with Tea tree oil for personal care products but not for its essential oils, so much more to learn.

  8. It’s good to know that we can do something to improve the quality of air we breathe at home by using the right essential oil. It’s a must-have essential oil for me. 😊💕

  9. Thank you for the information! I love essential oils but never thought they can even use this way. Totally mind blower. I will try it out for sure 🙂

  10. I’m slowly transitioning into a cleaner life by being conscious of every household cleaning product I purchase. I’ve asked my husband for a nebulizing diffuser for Mother’s Day and can’t wait to try all the different blends to help purify the air!

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