Turn a succulent into an essential oil diffuser!
Succulents plants are beautiful, easy to maintain, and provide a popular natural décor around our home. I believe they may also improve an aspect of our wellness lifestyle too.
When I read or listen to topics about stress, mental health, and mindfulness, there is often discussion relating to taking time in nature. Being outside is a wonderful way to support our health, providing benefits both physically and mentally. Personally, I find that there is just something about being surrounded by nature that's hard to put into words. I often experience a calm, the ability to breathe fresh air, and be surrounded by things larger than myself. I see these moments as pretty magical.
If you have been following my journey, you know I enjoy most of my spare time taking walks outside with my dogs, visiting lakes, beaches, and mountains. Honestly, its not often that I would rather be inside than out, which is why I love summer so much. Although it's hard to be outside all the time, specially in Pennsylvania with four seasons. When inside its important to find things that you enjoy and bring the same benefits, which is why I believe adding indoor plants to the house is important.
After taking this workshop last week, I'm so excited because now I know how to make my own succulent plants and can't wait to add more to our home! With more succulents in our home, we will be able to create a brighter environment with a happier climate, one that supports our emotional and mental health too.
I am very grateful that my friend offered this class for our community. It truly was a great way to spend a summer evening in the park. Now compelled to share with you because I finally understand how easy it is to make your own succulents! I realize that there's no reason to have fake succulent plants in our home anymore.
How to Make a Succulent Diffuser:
1. Pick your ceramic pot, terrarium, or container.
2. Add a layer of stone at the bottom of your container. The size of the layer will depend on the size of the pot. The pumice stone layer is important because succulents do not need a lot of water, this layer of stone will allow the water to drain from the roots. Be sure to add this step especially if you have a ceramic pot that does not have a drainage hole. I layered about 1 inch of pumice stone in my ceramic pot.
3. Add a small layer of soil on top of the stone so the roots are able to grow.
4. Choose your succulents, it’s fun to mix and match a variety of succulents together. You will want to center them in the middle of the soil.
5. Add more soil around your succulents. To hold the succulents into place, add more soil surrounding the plants you have selected. As you add a succulent to the ceramic pot, you may need to add soil too. Once all of the succulents are balanced in the container, add more soil around them to fill in the pot and keep your plants secure.
6.Decorate the top of your succulent terrarium with stones, moss, shells, and lava beads.
7. Add essential oils to the lava beads and moss to create a natural succulent diffuser
Review the 7 simple steps to make a succulent diffuser with these pictures and suggestions:
Caring for the succulents: Water, Sunlight, and Essential Oils!
Water: Succulents are really great plants because they are so easy to maintain. They actually retain water and nutrients in the leaves so a small watering only needs to takes place once or twice a month. Do not water the succulent often and allow the soil to completely dry before the next watering. It’s important to only give them a little water at a time and do not drench them. After having a few succulents, in time you will find that succulents talk with their leaves. If you notice your succulent with puckered leaves, it’s time to water. If your succulents have mushy or brown colored leaves that means the plant has been over watered and is rotting. Below, I will also share a misting spray recipe that you can also use to water your succulents too. Simple spray the succulent soil with the misting spray once every week or every other week, but again watch your succulents to know how to care for them.
Sunlight: Succulents also love sunshine, so find a place where your succulents can receive a lot of indirect sunlight. If your succulent isn’t getting enough sunlight you may notice that the plants are growing up or stretching out of their spot looking for light.
Essential Oils: I love combining things I love, in this case it’s succulents and essential oils. Use essential oils to care and support your succulent plants.
DIY Succulent Misting Spray
In a 2 or 4 ounce spray bottle
Add 5 drops essential oils (select a few from the list below)
Add 1 tablespoon of vodka
Fill the rest with distilled water
With the succulent misting spray, spritz the succulent soil once a week or every two weeks. The water and essential oils will support the plants and stimulate growth. Choose one or a combination of Young Living Essential Oils such as: Geranium, Frankincense, Lemongrass or Tea Tree.
You only need 5 drops total, so in my misting spray I added two drops of Frankincense, 2 drops of Geranium, and 1 drop of Lemongrass. Pick and choose the combination of essential oils and drops.
Making a natural succulent diffuser:
Young Living is my lifestyle. The products are part of my everyday, no matter where I am. I also have fun being creative with essential oils and incorporating them with other things too. So of course there is a way to combine Young Living Essential Oils with natural plants that are in our house to create a diffuser.
By simply adding a few lava beads on the top of your succulent terrarium, you are able to diffuse essential oils. Since the lava beads are porous they absorb essential oils that are applied to them and will actually diffuse the essential oil aroma into the environment. When adding drops of essential oils to lava beads in your succulent plants it will create a natural, fresh, and uplifting environment at home or in your office.
Essential Oils to Lava Beads: On the lava beads, put a few drops of essential oils to be diffused in your home or office. This is where you can really add a few drops of any essential oil that you desire depending on the environment you are looking for in your home or office. If you need a few ideas from me:
For a calming aroma: Valor, Peace & Calming, Lavender, Frankincense, White Angelica, or Joy
For an uplifting aroma: Citrus Fresh, Lemongrass, Purification, Orange, Lemon, Raven, or Joy
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