Aromatherapy with Essential Oils
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When using your essential oils, the simplest way to employ the aromatic effect is smelling them directly from the bottle. More directly put, you simply remove the cap and allow the aroma of that particular essential oil to stimulate the olfactory bulb. It is actually quite scientific (more on the olfactory bulb and science of aromatherapy in a future post!). When I am using oils this way, directly from the bottle, I take several deep breaths to entice a feeling of calmness on each inhale. This is also a great time to include some positive affirmations for yourself!
Essential oils are known to have many different characteristics, which is why smelling them with your nose very close to the bottle can elicit different effects them smelling them from several feet away. You may notice a different aroma when close, and pick up other characteristics of the oil when holding at a distance or even while diffusing. Try a variety of distances with each of your favorite oils to see for yourself.
I have a particular routine that I like for some of my favorite essential oils. After I directly inhale one of my favorite oils, such as Lavender, I tend to put a few drops right onto my hands and rub them together (I would not do this with Peppermint unless you are going to wash and dilute your hands immediately before touching your face or other areas of the body... Peppermint has a tendency to create quite a strong tingling sensation). I then enjoy cupping my hands over my nose and mouth for a few more deep breaths. I personally enjoy doing this throughout the day, especially to start my day before heading to work. I have also this routine for everything from sitting in traffic to assisting when in a high stress or emotional situation. Aromatic use of oils pairs very well with mindfulness practice!
One of the more common ways to use essential oils aromatically is through a diffuser. Young Living's diffusers typically utilize ultrasonic technology with a frequency of wave generation at 1.7 million times per second. This allows the essential oil molecules to be released into the air to assist in creating a spa-like atmosphere (Young Living's words, not mine). We leave our diffusers on in various parts of the house for a majority of the day. Several of the diffusers have technology that allows for 10 plus hours of operation time. I can tell you that running up to 5 diffusers at a time throughout our home only increased our energy bill by about one dollar. They are very energy efficient. Consult your energy provider if you are concerned however they appear to have an extremely low energy draw and utilization. Young Living has several diffusers to choose from: Desert Mist, Aria, Dewdrop, and the Lantern seem to be the most popular.
Each diffuser has slightly different instructions for their operation however many general guidelines overlap. Basically, make sure to place your diffuser on a sturdy surface that is fairly level. Most diffusers have two lids (except for the Aria, which only has one). Remove the lid(s) and add water to the fill line which is most commonly marked by a line or indicator on each diffuser. I will then add a few drops of my desired essential oils based on the atmosphere I am trying to create (Young Living typically says a maximum of 15-25... however I typically use far less than that). Once you place the lid(s) back on your are ready turn it on. It will take a few seconds and the well should start to bubble (you would only be able to see this if you had the lids off which is not how you should use the diffuser) and a fine clear mist will begin to release from the top.
Pro tip: essential oils are very potent mixtures. Remember where I said that Young Living says some of the diffusers support 15-25 drops. This is a maximum and I have found that amount to be complete overkill. I recommend 1-3 drops to start and work up from there. This will also increase the total usage and efficiency of each bottle as well which is what frugal folks like us worry about!
Although diffusion is most typically thought about through an ultrasonic electric device, there are other ways to diffuse oils! The concept of diffusion is simply releasing an aroma into the adjacent area to be consumed by your nostrils and similarly the olfactory bulb of your nervous system. Over the last year, I started really started regularly using diffuser jewelry. I mean, I can't walk around with my diffuser all day, so jewelry makes it possible to smell my essential oils all day long while on the go. My husband even starter using these lava beads and loves them! Here are a few pieces of jewelry that I have bought and loving using with my oils:
Bonus tips: Although I have already shared many of the main ways to use oils, I have a two extra methods for my readers.
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