I used to be a candle junkie, burning them all the time in every room of the house. Now my candles sit idly by while my diffuser pumps out essential oils. I don’t really even know how I got into essential oils, but I am SO happy I did. They have so many amazing properties and characteristics, it is truly fascinating.
Aromatherapy is basically using the natural properties of extracted plant oils to enhance mental, physical, and emotional well being. Essential oils can be inhaled, diffused, massaged onto the body, added to cleaning products, and so much more. Essential oils and aromatherapy can be used as a holistic approach to health and wellness. Aromatherapy is well known for aiding in a myriad of everyday problems. Everything from stress relief, sleeplessness, muscle aches, cold and flu relief, headaches…the list goes on and on!!
I am a bit of an old fashioned, real life book lover, I know I can find all of the info I would ever need online, but something about sitting down and actually reading a book always wins in my heart. Every time I get into a new hobby or area of interest, my first instinct is always, head to Amazon and buy some books on the subject. If you are like me, here are 3 amazing resources to learn about essential oils. My copies are covered in sticky notes of oils, blends, ailments and cleaning recipes to try!
If you aren’t really sure what oils to try, the best thing to do is to get a starter kit that comes with all of the basic oils. I bought this kit because it has single oils and it has blends. I enjoy having the blends, and have added some more single oils to my collection once I started reading into oils a little more and now I mix up a lot of my own blends. I will be doing a post on my top 5 oils shortly!
As far as exactly how to use the oils, you can really do anything. I know people who inhale them straight from the bottle when they need a quick burst of energy or stress relief. They are great to keep in your car if you happen to get road rage. I attended a yoga seminar where we paired oils with our practice and applied oils to a tissue which rested on our nose or rested near the floor during poses like child’s pose. When I start catching a cold I mix up a massage blend of certain oils and apply directly to the skin. I drop oils in the base of the shower to energize and awaken.
Mostly, I diffuse my oils in an ultrasonic diffuser. I am going to get a little more in depth into diffusers in a later post. There are a few different types to choose from, all with their own benefits and short comings. I love my diffuser, it is easy to use and has held up well to many many hours of diffusing. I get a lot of use out of a small amount of oil and the room is quickly filled with the oil’s scent. I will be the first to admit, I was a little unsure about spending 80 some dollars on something I didn’t know anything about, but I have to say it has paid for itself over and over again! I use it almost every day and run it over night every once in a while. Here is the model I have:
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