I have a secret weapon that I bring out from time to time. Two, actually: essential oils of peppermint and cedarwood. These two oils, in a 2-to-1 ratio peppermint to cedar, when added to unscented* mop water, take everything down a notch. I choose to use the mop water as the medium because it will give a gentle scent to much of our home, but not in an overwhelming way. It does its job and within a few hours will be gone. Today I used six drops of peppermint and three drops of cedarwood, making it pretty strong while keeping the ratio at 2-to-1.
Peppermint has an immediate cooling effect, and its vapours relieve my tension headaches. (If it is a migraine, the effect will be temporary but welcome all the same.) When I was a kid my mom used to rub white Tiger balm on my temples for a headache and this works in a similar, but more subtle, way.
Cedarwood gives a clean, earthy under-note. It is purported to have a calming effect. The household seems to quiet down after everyone gets a whiff of the magic mopping potion. Perhaps it is my imagination; maybe it is because my head stops hurting and I feel better. I don't know, but it works for me.
Headache gone. Floors clean. Next?
* It is hard to find a good, all-purpose cleaner that is not heavily scented. Life Tree's Home Soap does the trick for me. It barely has a fragrance of its own so I can add whatever I like or just let clean smell like nothing.
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