Since candles are out of the picture, try masking the fire smell and cleansing your home with essential oils instead. Diffusing peppermint can help soothe your respiratory system, and tea tree and eucalyptus are great for clearing the air too. If you don’t own a diffuser, combine a few drops of essential oils and water in a spray bottle.
If you’re a California resident, stay on top of evacuation warnings and shelter information here. And if you are having severe, persistent trouble breathing, try to move to an area further from the fires. If you’re out of state but looking to help out, donate to the Humane Society of Ventura County, American Red Cross, or Ventura County Community Foundation, all of which are working to support displaced families.
Here are a few more ways to clear the air at home over the next few days.