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The Skinny on Essential Oil Diffuser Blends
As I recently mentioned on the aromatics post, I do make use of my diffusers quite often in order to deploy essential oils in our home. I find that I use a variety of blends in my diffuser, however I certainly have noticed that we return to some favorites.
Today I would like to share with you our favorite diffuser blends. Be sure to include yours in the comments section.
In the beginning of my oil journey, I started using oils very gradually. Most things in life I jump right into however using oils was completely new to me at the time. Perhaps I was skeptical, who knows. Maybe you were, or are, skeptical as well. I assure you, there is actually nothing to be skeptical about. In my opinion, essential oils are not something that you "believe in" or not.
Contrary to popular belief, we are not a cult of flower children (well, not all of us at least). If I asked you what DMDM hydantoin was, would you know? What about diazolidinyl urea? Maybe 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol is on your radar. I am guessing you have never heard of any of these things. Neither did I. However, you should be aware that you probably using them everyday (unless you card-carrying essential oiler)!
These compounds are known as formaldehyde-releasers which is a class of preservatives. They will naturally go through some tricky chemical reactions to eventually release formaldehyde, a known carcinogen! Guess what, most skin care products, makeup, soaps, cleaners, room sprays, and air fresheners contain them! This is definitely not good.
How can you avoid carcinogens and other risky complex compounds, all while making your home smell fresh and odor free? ESSENTIAL OILS! Not only will you eliminate truly harmful contaminants from your home, but you will reap the benefits of aromatherapy as well depending on what oils you diffuse.
When it comes to diffusing oils, it is best to pay attention to best safety practices and assess your tolerance. Some diffusers that Young Living sells will recommend up to 15-25 total drops for the diffuser. I have found this to be largely unnecessary, and practically a waste of some very high quality oils! I used a very modest amount in my diffuser initially. I would put anywhere from 1 to 3 drops in my diffuser. I seem to have maxed out at 6. We do not seem to gain any additional aromatic benefits or increased potency when diffusing much more than 6 drops. I always recommend to follow the guidelines that come with each diffuser and anything less than the recommended max is likely considered safe. As always, exercise caution for anything other than adults (kids, dogs, cats, etc.).
One of my favorite blends to support overall health and wellness is “Wellness Keeper”, I add Thieves and Lemon Essential Oils to the diffuser. Every now and again I will add a third or fourth oil such as RC or Orange.
Please consider this study that was conducted on the antibacterial and antifungal activity of essential oils. Further, a more specific discussion of the antimicrobial activity of various essential oils were highlighted in this publication. The research is very informative as to whether or not "oilers" are making unjustified claims!
My second favorite blend is “Happy”. When I make this blend I place a few drops of Stress Away and Orange in the diffuser. Lately, I have been including a third oil, Citrus Fresh to the mix. Just a couple of drops of each in the diffuser. If you do not want to use Citrus Fresh or simply do not have it yet, replace it with one of the following:
Admittedly, Lavender is a particular oil that is near and dear to my heart. I began using Lavender in the evenings in order to induce some calming effects and potentially assist with improving the quality of my sleep. Check out this publication regarding the relationship between Lavender and deep sleep.
My first time using Lavender I decided to put a few drops on my wrists and behind my ears. I will tell you that I definitely noticed a sense of calm. Many have quickly pointed out this is likely a placebo effect. Remember two things: 1) The placebo effect is still a form of medicine, 2) These effects continue to last even to this day when I apply Lavender which decreases the likelihood of performance bias.
I have slowly transitioned to using the Lavender in my diffuser at night, although I often still do the wrists and neck routine. When I am really looking to mix things up, I have a few favorites that I will add with my Lavender.
Here are a few favorites that I blend with Lavender around bedtime:
For those of you (especially folks in the Northeast) who enjoy the changing of the seasons as you transition to Fall, I have a few tips for you. Think of a typical Northeast Fall. Leaves changing colors. Crisp air. Football. PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! It is a unique and especially fun time of year. The Fall does, however, bring with it some common infractions in the home. Think scented candles, plugins and air Fresheners galore. Remember, these tend to contain those nasty formaldehyde-releasers we discussed above! However, I do have some good news! We do not have to compromise our health for the beautiful Fall ensemble and pumpkin spice that we enjoy.
We took a deep dive into Fall essential oils in another post. For the sake of this post however, let us list some of our favorite Fall oils: Cinnamon, Orange, Clove, Nutmeg, Thieves, and even Christmas Spirit. To make things simple, I just mix and match a drop or two of any combination of the aforementioned oils to create an awesome Fall diffuser blend. My husband's personal favorite is a combination of 1-2 drop(s) of: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, and Orange. One of my favorites when approaching December is Christmas Spirit but I would not wait too long into the fall as this tends to sell out quickly as winter nears.
In the summertime, we like to enjoy the outdoors. Think about sitting on the deck or patio and some of the things that might come mind. One of them might be... BUGS! I have found that instead of inhaling the smoke from Citronella candles and sacrificing known health risks of using insect repellent.
We use essential oils instead.
Read this publication regarding Citronella essential oil. I was intrigued by this report on Lemongrass essential oil. We have even used Purification because it is a blend of Citronella, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Lavandin, and Myrtle essential oils.
I typically put about 2-3 drops of each essential oil listed in the recipe, making a total of about 6-7 drops of essential oils in the diffuser. We use water from a gravity-fed water filter to assure we have filtered out nearly 100% of harmful contaminants.
Without further ado, here is our 11 favorite blends:
I hope you enjoy creating your own essential oil diffuser blends and this gives you motivation to creatively make your own. If you have little ones, you can make this part of your morning and bedtime routines as well. Enjoy!
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