Aromatherapy Diffusers: Benefits and How to Use

Every home and office space could be improved by the inclusion of an essential oil diffuser. You’ve probably seen them in the homes or offices of friends and family; they’re often quietly operating in the background, noticeable only because of the delicious scents they’re sending all around them or because of the delicate puffs of steam some of them emit. Diffusers don’t just emit a pretty smell though. They help to purify air, increase health and even help to cure and prevent common colds and flus. They can help to put your mind at ease, alleviate stress, and create a pleasant environment for your family.

Let a diffuser help to create the mood you’d like in your home. Some oils lend themselves well to helping eliminate stress and relaxation, while others are best used to increase energy and mood. Any of the citrus oils are wonderful in establishing a feeling of happiness and content, so if this is your goal, try bergamot, sweet orange, lemon, lime, or lemongrass. These scents can help alleviate the signs of depression as well as lift a sad mood.

For health purposes, a diffuser and essential oils can be a great way to arm your home or office against attack by the common cold or flu. Some essential oils are anti-microbial and will seek out and destroy pathogens in the air before they come into contact with your lungs or body. Essential oils can also be a friend to your immune system, giving it the boost it needs. If you’re having trouble with breathing, some diffusers also act as humidifiers for your environment, helping to keep your airways moist. Some super suggestions for essential oils that help boost health are rosemary, thyme, tea tree and sage.

Oils that will specifically target your sinuses and airways can help you to breathe when you’re suffering from congestion or inflammation due to allergies. Use the diffuser in the room or rooms where you spend most of your time so that you can get the maximum benefit. For allergy sufferers, try rosemary, eucalyptus, and peppermint.

Soothe yourself at the end of a particularly hard day by relaxing next to a diffuser which sends aromas like lavender or chamomile into the air. When placed next to your bed, a diffuser can help to make you sleepy and to get a good night’s rest. Some have found great success using a diffuser in their office during their lunch breaks, alongside a meditation or yoga session.

Headaches, overworked or strained muscles, and sore joints can also be soothed a great deal by the use of your diffuser. Try one of or a combination of ginger, lavender, bergamot or chamomile to ease your body and help release tension.

Even if you simply a certain smell in your home, a diffuser can offer a safe way of making your home smell welcoming and inviting to visiting guests. Candles can be forgotten and provide a very dangerous risk to having your entire home burn down. They are also unsafe to use around small children, who may not understand the burn risks associated with a flame. A diffuser is safe to use around all members of the family; even the furry four legged kind.

If you’re being driven crazy by mosquitoes or other annoying insects, use your diffuser as a bug repellent by sending out the scent of lemongrass, rosemary, cedar wood or clove. You can place your diffuser just inside your door to repel unwanted little guests, or even take it outside that you can enjoy your evening without being eaten alive.

Believe it or not, using a diffuser can help you keep cool on those hot days without ever having to touch your thermostat. By diffusing certain minty scents, your body is tricked into thinking that it’s cooler in that particular room. Try winter mint, peppermint or spearmint and see if this works for you!

To enjoy all of the wonderful benefits of your diffuser, it might be best to have one for every floor of your home. Try different scents in different rooms depending on their use. Take advantage of the physical and mental well being that a diffuser and essential oils can bring to you and your family.

This article was written by Sam Socorro from Clearwells. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.

How to Choose Aromatherapy Oils

How to Choose An Aromatherapy Oil

The first step in choosing an aromatherapy oil is to ensure the quality and that you understand that essential oil is not fragrance oil. Even if the words “natural fragrance” appear on an oil that is not an essential oil, it’s not the same thing and you won’t gain the benefits we’ll list below. It takes a lot of plant material to make essential oil; it’s said that 4000 pounds of roses go into 1 lb of oil alone. Lavender, by comparison, takes 100 lbs of plant material to make 1 lb of oil. No matter which oil you choose, a lot of material has gone into it, and the process by which the oil is extracted is volatile and takes precision and skill to execute.

Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes. The Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all used oils and aromatherapy for health and even simple enjoyment. With the advent of diffusers, more and more people are enjoying all of the benefits an essential oil has to offer. A diffuser can make your home smell wonderful, whether it’s room to room or whether you place a diffuser on each level. It can also disperse tiny droplets of your oil into the environment along with the water, and clean the air. Many people notice that the use of a diffuser with certain oils has lessened allergy symptoms and helped lower stress levels. Different oils serve different purposes, but here are a few great ones to start with;

Peppermint essential oil. This scent is a great energizer, so if you’re feeling a little low or sluggish, even a dab behind your ears can have an immediate effect and the smell will travel with you all day long. This oil leaves a cooling sensation (although some describe it as a pleasant heat) and it is wonderful when applied to sore and aching muscles and joints. Peppermint also helps to freshen bad breath and can help soothe an upset belly; a bit of peppermint is a great aid for digestion. You can also inhale peppermint oil to help relieve plugged sinuses.

Sweet Orange essential oil. As one of the citrus family, orange is also energizing and in a diffuser with leave a light, fresh scent to permeate your home. The scent comes from the use of the outer peel of an orange, and is known for lifting spirits, and as an antidepressant. If you add a few drops of sweet orange oil to your natural home cleaning recipe, it will not only smell wonderful but also is an antiseptic.

Rose geranium essential oil. This oil is said to balance hormones, improve circulation and relieve stress. You can certainly use it in your diffuser, or apply topically (usually as a compress). You can also add a few drops to your bath, or inhale it from the bottle, or once a few drops are placed in a clean cloth. In facial creams it will help alleviate clogged pores and help to balance oily skin.

Tea tree essential oil. You’ve no doubt heard about the healing properties of tea tree oil. This oil can be applied directly to your skin without the use of a carrier oil to help heal and disinfect cuts and scrapes, and it goes straight to work attacking fungi, and, added to your household cleaner, will keep your home bacteria free. Some have noticed an improvement with their dandruff after regular applications to their scalp. Keep in mind that overuse of tea tree oil can leave you with dry, itchy skin.

Lavender essential oil. If you have a stocked cabinet of essential oils, I’m willing to bet that lavender is one of them. This lovely oil will make your home smell wonderful and it helps to relax and de stress those who inhale it. It’s the perfect way of helping you to fall asleep at night; added to your bath, your pillow, or in a diffuser by your bed. Lavender oil is also known to relieve nervous tension, treat respiratory problems, and disinfect scalp and your skin.

Lemon essential oil. If you’re looking for an aromatherapy scent that is uplifting, it’s hard to beat the smell of lemons. The scent alone makes us feel as if we’re in a clean environment, and this is indeed one of the best oils to add to your cleaning products for around the house.

Experiment with a variety of oils in your aromatherapy treatments. You can benefit from aromatherapy in many ways; whether you use a diffuser, apply oil directly to your skin (through the use of massage or just dabbing wrists and behind your ears) or apply droplets onto linens or as part of your recipe for household cleaners. Increase health, reduce allergy symptoms, clean using natural products, and balance your hormones and moods. Try mixing a few different oils and see what blends you can create; this is a great way to combine the benefits of several oils at once and create some new favourites!

This article was written by Sam Socorro from Steam Shower Store. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.

 

 

Snakes and essential oils

Snakes
Just in case you plan on hiking this might be a handy tip.
 
Research has shown that cinnamon oil, clove oil, and eugenol are
effective snake repellents. Snakes will retreat when sprayed
directly with these oils and will exit cargo or other confined
spaces when these oils are introduced to the area.
#snakesessentialoils #cinnamonoil

No Bugs Picnic

Happy Fathers Day to all the great Dads out there!

This is a great tip! Give it a try if you’re heading out for a hike or picnic.

For a safe alternative to potentially harmful insecticides, place
three drops of peppermint, citronella, or eucalyptus essential oil on
your socks. Mosquitoes and other bugs hate the smell of these oils.
Don’t apply essential oils to your favorite socks, as they can
stain. Some eo’s may cause skin irritation, so avoid direct
contact. Reapply the eo every two to three hours.

Lavindin or Lavender essential oil

Today’s Tip

I just read this from an Ayurveda list I’m on.

Lavindin or Lavender essential oil, an anti-histamine for allergies which reside in the liver, cuts through cholesterol hormones that are stagnant in the liver. It is bitter for cutting through fats and unprocessed food. They recommend this recipe but I suggest diluting with a little carrier oil before using on the skin. Let me know what you think.
Dosage:
10 drops on the liver ~ AM & PM daily
Place in palm and rub onto right side at rib cage
Transdermal, goes directly into bloodstream via skin layers
#lavender

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Simple Herbal Infusion

Now that the gardens are in full bloom here
are two methods for making infused oils.

1. Put the flowers or herbs of your choice
in a large pan with a lid. Add half their
volume of a good quality odorless vegetable oil.
Heat the pan with the lid on to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
At this temperature the cells containing the odoriferous
molecules burst and these are taken up by the oil.
Strain and then bottle the oil.
These infused oils can be used on their own as
a massage or bath oil or as a base for another product.

2.pack a jar tightly with your flowers or herbs.
Cover with vegetable oil. Seal jar tightly and put
outside in the sun for a few weeks bringing it in
at night. Strain and bottle the oil.

How to create an essential oil blend

Today’s Tip

After creating your essential oil blend of two or more oils be sure to let
it sit for 24 hours.

During this period the scent of your blend can change and you may be
surprised how different it smells.

Adjust as needed and let sit for another 24 hours.

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