Aromatherapy with Essential Oils
Since Young Living Essential Oils are 100%, pure therapeutic grade, they are safe to use in the following three ways: Aromatically, Topically, and Internally, each of the three methods support us in a variety of ways. Each Young Living Essential Oil is labeled with the recommended uses and dilution ratio for adults. I am very comfortable using all three methods in my home and even with my dogs, but I have been at the beginning of this journey before too. One of the first ways that I felt comfortable using my Premium Starter Kit essential oils in my home was aromatically. To be honest, I am sure some of you have already used a few of these methods before. They are an easy and effective way to enjoy emotional support and physical benefits of aromatherapy.
The most simple way to use an oil aromatically is right from the bottle. For example, whenever I am using an essential oils during the day, for any reason, especially one I really love the smell of, I always open the bottle and before using it, I inhale directly from the bottle. When I directly inhale from the essential oil bottle, I take a few nice deep breath. I just feel the calmness with each inhale, is also a great time for positive affirmations. How many other people directly inhale from the bottle? I mean essential oils like Valor, Lavender, Stress away, White Angelica, Sacred Mountain, the list goes on and on. If I see it sitting out, most likely I am giving myself a moment too. Remember essential oils are made up of many different characteristics, so the smell fro the bottle could be very different then the smell from a few feet away and even in the diffuser.
Sometimes after I directly inhale one of those high frequency essential oils for a few deep breaths from the bottle, I most likely am going to put a few drops right onto my hands and rub them together. I like to then cup my hands over my nose and mouth for another few breaths. Cupping your hands is another way to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils. I personal enjoy doing this throughout the day, it's an extremely great way to start my day with this technique before I head to work, sit in rush hour traffic, or anytime before I am put into a new and challenging situation. I find it to be a mind-calming experience that pairs well with my mindfulness.
The last way to use essential oils aromatically is through a diffuser. A diffuser will disperse the essential oils so that you are able to smell and breathe in the essential oils to support your body or emotion. I tend to us several of my Young Living diffusers, all day and all night long, to help distribute essential oils all over my house for everyone to enjoy. I really do have a problem. We love Young Living diffusers so much that we have way too many for the number of rooms in our house, but it leaves me some to share with others. I love using the diffuser because it is a very gentle way to use essential oils. Young Living has several diffusers to choose from: Desert Mist, Lantern, Aria, Rainstone, Dew Drop, and Orb Diffuser to name a few. Each and every one has specific directions to follow. I will have a whole post about using Young Living DIffusers soon, be sure to check back. But basically, my diffusers are all on very sturdy counters or structures, they run best when on something flat and level. Most of the diffusers have two lids, except for the aria, which only has one. I remove the lid or lids and add water in the well to the top of the fill line, again, each diffuser has a different marking to show where to stop. I add a few drops of essential oils, this really is for personal preference. When I started out, I was putting maybe 3-4 drops of essential oils in my diffuser for my large living room, but now I am comfortable with about 6-7 drops of essential oils in a large room. Once the essential oils are in the diffuser water well too, I then put the tops back on and turn them on! And enjoy! Diffusers are a great way to keep your house smelling fresh, while supporting our bodies. Remember when starting out, it's always best to start slow with your essential oils. Possibly try only 1-2 drops in the diffuser before 3-6 drops. Please remember to follow the directions for each diffuser.
There are other ways to diffuser your oils too! Over the last year, I started collecting 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. Here are a few pieces of jewelry that work really well and look beautiful too. I am in love with the lava bead look. Check out some of our recommendations:
Ok, because I know we all have areas that are a little stinky but we cant put a diffuser there, like the trash can or diaper pale. I have a few tips on how you can easily diffuse in these areas too. I simply use a cotton ball, tissue, or anything similar to those items to help disperse the essential oils. I put a few drops of the essential oil onto the cotton ball, in stinky areas Thieves, Lemon, and Citrus Fresh are great choices. Sometimes I even use a clothespin to clip the cotton ball onto something, also which is also perfect for the car.
Reed diffusers are all the rave during the holidays, but why just during the holidays? These are fun to make and you can bring the whole family into the project. These are also the perfect gift for any celebration. Have your kids help make these for their teachers for back to school. I know as a teacher, I enjoy being able to smell my fresh and uplifting essential oils when I get a moment at my desk. They are the perfect gift for friends too or a party favor. I love setting Reed Diffusers up in the bathrooms or in places where it's hard to set up a diffuser. You can learn how to make them right here:DIY Reed Diffuser.
I absolutely love diffusing essential oils in all the ways. When we are using our essential oils we are eliminating more and more toxins from our home, which is our goal. Keep learning more about natural cleaning with thieves. I hope you enjoy diffusing as much as I do!
Tomorrow read through Diffuser Blends to learn about my favorites!
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