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What you need to know about Essential Oil Diffusers

 What you need to know about Essential Oil Diffusers

Aromatherapy has many healing benefits, which is why essential oil diffusers have become staples in holistically minded households. These machines allow us to fill our homes, offices and even cars with the therapeutic effects of essential oils.

There are multiple types of diffusers:  Ultrasonic, nebulizing, heat and evaporative.

Ultrasonic diffusers work by emitting oil particles into the air when added to water. 

Nebulizing diffusers are waterless, yet they work by emitting particles of essential oils into the air.

Evaporative diffusers typically disperse the essential oils by using a fan mechanism.

Heat diffusers transfer essential oils into the air by using high temperatures.

Choosing the right diffuser for you is a personal choice depending on the types of oils you diffuse for what benefit and also the size of the environment you are diffusing in.

There are many different designs and forms of diffusers. You can also purchase multiple ones for different uses. For example, a small car diffuser can be great for traveling.

Diffusers are a great way to incorporate aromatherapy into every space in your life. But, if not cleaned properly, essential oil diffusers can actually become a health hazard.

Proper Diffuser Care

  • Once a week, remove the water from your diffuser and wipe the interior with a tiny amount (1tsp) of rubbing alcohol. Allow to completely dry before adding water again. This will dry any excess oils left behind so you can begin to diffuse fresh scents at the next use.
  • Use high quality, therapeutic grade oils. Discount and low-quality oils are typically filled with additives that can clog or harm your diffuser. Before you purchase any essential oils, be sure that it is a high-quality product that is pure.
  • Change the water between oils. It can be tempting to just keep adding drops to your diffuser but it will distort the scent and therapeutic effects. Certain essential oils do not blend well together (such as cinnamon and eucalyptus) So, it is imperative you start fresh when you are diffusing. To achieve the best aromatherapy possible, change the water between scents.
  • Be sure to keep your essential oil diffuser in a safe place away from children and pets. Certain essential oils are not safe for children and you should use caution when diffusing. Certain essential oils do not blend well together. Please research which oils are safe to mix before attempting to blend them.

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Make your own Natural Air Gel Freshener

Aromatherapy with essential oils is a much safer option to freshen your home without exposing you and your family to toxic air freshener products. Below is a recipe to create your own DIY gel air freshener you can safely use in your home, office or even your car.  

Natural Gel Air Freshener 

Ingredients 

Water  

2 packs unflavored gelatin 

1 tablespoons table salt 

1-2 teaspoons essential oil of choice 

Glass container (Mason jars work well) 

Seed sprouter lid 

Food coloring (Optional)  

Instructions 

1-Heat 3/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon of salt in a small saucepan 

2-Slowly add the gelatin and stir until completely dissolved   

3- Remove from heat   

4-Add 1/4 cup water 
5- Carefully pour into the mason jar

6- Add up to 1 teaspoon of essential oil of choice into jar

(Optional- Add food coloring of choice)  

7- Add seed starter lid to jar lid.  

8- Allow to cool for 12 hours.   

Keep the air freshener in a safe place away from kids and pets. 

Also be sure you are using only high-quality essential oils that do not contain other fillers.  

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Essential Oils for Better Moods

Essential Oils for Better Moods

 

Essential oils have a variety of scents and many of these contain health benefits. Scientific evidence shows that exposure to certain scents can trigger changes in mood due to the brain’s involvement in olfactory senses. The olfactory system is defined as the body’s perception of different smells, such as flowers, food, nature and even other humans in the form of pheromones.

Certain essential oils have been shown to trigger the olfactory system and can improve mood without the use of medication. Below is a list of essential oils that may can get you in a better mood.

  • Jasmine

Jasmine is a floral smelling essential oil obviously derived from the jasmine plant. It has been used for centuries and widely favored due to its enjoyable scent. This essential oil is actually the main ingredient in the very popular perfume, Chanel #5.

  • Bergamot

With a light tropical scent, bergamot is a favorite among essential oil users.  It has been used to induce a brighter mood and also can reduce agitation. Bergamot essential oil is in the citrus family and pairs well with lemon and orange essential oils.

  • Pine Tree

Exposure to nature has long been an important part of the human experience and with Pine tree essential oil, you can get the benefits of a woodsy scent without having to go on a camping trip. Adding a few drops of pine tree essential oil into your diffuser can create a calming, natural experience without you ever having to leave your home.

  • Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang oil is created when Cananga flowers are distilled and extracted into oil form. This oil has a strong, sweet scent and has been used for centuries for its aphrodisiac properties. Applying or diffusing this oil may help you get into a better mood or even in “the mood.”  Husbands beware!

 

Before you choose an essential oil product, be sure it is a pure 100% natural product.

 

 

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Proper Cleaning of Essential Oil Diffusers

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Anyone who practices aromatherapy can tell you the benefits from using an essential oil diffuser. These machines allow us to fill our homes, offices and even cars with the therapeutic effects of essential oils. But if not cleaned properly, essential oil diffusers can actually become a health hazard.

Below is a list of how to properly care for your essential oil diffuser.

1-      Choose a high quality essential oil diffuser. There are multiple types of diffusers:  ultrasonic, nebulizing, heat and evaporative.

Ultrasonic diffusers work by emitting oil particles into the air when added to water.  Nebulizing diffusers are waterless yet they work by emitting particles of essential oils into the air. Evaporative diffusers typically disperse the essential oils by using a fan mechanism. Heat diffusers transfer essential oils into the air by using high temperatures. Choosing the right diffuser for you is a personal choice depending on the types of oils you diffuse for what benefit and also the size of the environment you are diffusing in. They all have different benefits and only you can choose what is right for you. You can also purchase multiple ones for different uses. Either way, diffusers are a great way to incorporate aromatherapy into your life!

 

2-      Change the water between oils. It can be tempting to just keep adding drops to your diffuser but it will distort the scent and therapeutic effects. Certain essential oils do not blend well together (such as cinnamon and eucalyptus) So, it is imperative you start fresh when you are diffusing. To achieve the best aromatherapy possible, change the water between scents.

 

3-      Use high quality, therapeutic grade oils. Discount and low-quality oils are typically filled with additives that can clog or harm your diffuser. Before you purchase any essential oils, be sure that it is a high-quality product that is pure. Mary Tylor Natural’s line of essential oils are USDA certified to be top quality, therapeutic grade for holistic uses.

 

4-      Once a week, remove the water from your diffuser and wipe the interior with a tiny amount (1tsp) of rubbing alcohol. Allow to completely dry before adding water again. This will dry any excess oils left behind so you can begin to diffuse fresh scents at the next use!

 

5-      Keep the connecting power cord dry when you are replacing the water. It is common for people to accidentally splash water when they are adding to their diffuser but this can actually corrode the power cord and cause it to malfunction. Always unplug your diffuser before you change or add water to prevent the risk of electrocution.

Precautions: Be sure to keep your essential oil diffuser in a safe place away from children and pets. Certain essential oils are not safe for children and you should use caution when diffusing. Certain essential oils do not blend well together. Please research which oils are safe to mix before attempting to blend them.

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WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?

Aromatherapy is defined as the use of aromatic oils from various sources such as herbs, flowers and plants. They are used to treat physical, emotional and psychological ailments and promote general well-being.  The use of essential oils is widely practiced in holistic and alternative medicine.

Aromatherapy has been a staple of natural healing for centuries. Many cultures have used it since the dawn of time. The ancient “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates used his knowledge of fragrance for healing purposes. Ancient Egypt is credited to creating distillation machines to harvest the oils from plants, herbs and flowers to use for medicinal purposes in their healthcare. Essential oils were also used in World War II as antiseptic compounds to treat injured soldiers. (Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica. Aromatherapy; Organic Facts.)

But in the current age, why should such an old healing ritual be considered?

There are hundreds of essential oil options, blends and remedies for just about every ailment. A holistic health practitioner or aromatherapist can help guide you to oils to improve your well-being. Essential oils can be applied in various different ways and some can even be taken internally for medicinal purposes.

(Do not ingest any essential oil without first checking with your physician, as some essential oils can interact with medications or certain conditions. Secondly, be sure you are using a bio-friendly, 100% therapeutic grade oil. Do not ingest a low quality oil, as they may be filled with other products and not 100% pure.)

Ways to use Essential Oils-

Aromatic-  Using essential oils in a diffusor or wax burner is a great way to promote wellness and improve the air quality in your home, car or office. Diffused essential oils can be used to treat a wide variety of issue such as: reducing anxiety, creating focus or increasing libido just to name a few!

Application- Applying essential oils to tense or painful areas or using products such as creams or soaps infused with your choice blend is a great way to enjoy the benefits of various oils. Many holistic practitioners and massage therapists apply essential oils to pressure points during treatment; creating a healing effect for their patients.

Baths- Soaking in essential oils is a great way to achieve maximum benefits from the natural healing power of various herbs, flowers and plants!  There are many wonderful products such as essential oil infused bath bombs, soaks and body washes that can help you incorporate better wellness in your personal hygiene.

Compression- Essential oils added to a warm, wet washcloth can be used as a compress when applied to painful or swollen areas of the body. Essential oil compresses have been widely used to treat menstrual cramps, tense muscles, headaches and post-exercise soreness.

Aromatherapy has been scientifically proven to trigger your olfactory senses, which improves circulation and can help you feel calmer and improve your general feeling of wellness. (Source: Aromatic Science)