How To Use Essential Oils with a Diffuser

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Plant remedies have been used throughout the world for millennia and are one of nature's tools for living a healthy and vibrant life. Essential oils are made of simple and pure botanical ingredients to unlock nature's ability to improve our well being. Click through to read the full article and download the 10 essential oil blend diffuser recipes. Pin it now to have on hand for later.

Aromatherapy comes from the fact that essential oils are, by nature, aromatic. Their aromas elicit physical, emotional and mental responses.

An easy way to aromatically use essential oils is to open a bottle and breathe in the aroma through the nose or place a drop of an oil in the hands, rub them together and then cup around the nose and mouth and breathe in. Another aromatic technique, the technique I use most often, is diffusion. Diffusion is the easiest and most rapid and comprehensive way to benefit from aromatherapy. This technique is beneficial for affecting mood, killing airborne pathogens and changing the aroma of a space.

Diffusers are devices that can be used to evaporate essential oil into a surrounding environment. The bet diffusers are atomizing and employ cold air to force the essential oil through the atomizer; separating the oil into tiny particles that create a micro-fine vapor in the air. Another diffuser option is a vaporizing diffuser that uses ultrasonic waves to emit the oil and water particles into the air.

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My personal experience with essential oils has been 100% positive. I’ve educated myself by reading publications by reputable sources and attending workshops. As part of my self-care routine, I diffuse (or roll-on) an essential oil blend in the morning before work, during meditation, during my personal yoga practice and when I teach yoga classes. The energizing and uplifting blends are great for the afternoon slump.

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How To Use A Diffuser

  1. Select an essential oil or blend according to your needs.
  2. Following the directions specific to the diffuser, diffuse for about 10-15 minutes at a time throughout the day or as needed.

Essential Oils I use most often as a single oil or in a blend:

  • Basil – stimulates clear thinking and energizes
  • Bergamot – uplifts and reduces stress
  • Clary Sage – digestive stimulant, reduces tension, grounding, relaxing, uplifting
  • Eucalyptus – analgesic, antibacterial, purifier, stimulant
  • Balsam Fir – grounding and strengthening
  • Frankincense – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, restorative
  • Lavender – calms anxiety, regenerative, relaxing
  • Myrrh – grounding, digestive stimulant, regenerative, relaxing
  • Orange – calms and promotes a happy atmosphere
  • Peppermint – energizes, aids in concentration, reduces nausea and headache, improves digestion
  • Ylang Ylang – euphoric, reduces anxiety, grounding, relaxing, stimulant, uplifting

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Essential Oil Blends

ENERGIZE

1 drop Peppermint
1 drop Rosemary
2 drops Cinnamon

FOCUS

3 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Tangerine

STRESS FREE

3 drops Bergamot 
3 drops Patchouli 
3 drops Ylang Ylang

HAPPINESS

2 drops Frankincense 
2 drops Peppermint 
2 drops Wild orange 
2 drops Lime

REFRESH

2 drops Lavender
2 drops Lemon
1 drop Rosemary
1 drop Peppermint

STRESS AWAY

3 drops Lavender 
2 drops Chamomile 
2 drops Ylang Ylang

UNWIND

3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Lemongrass
1 drop Lemon

RELAXING

3 drops Grapefruit
3 drops Orange
2 drops Lemon
1 drop Bergamot

ENERGY BOOST

3 drops Orange
3 drops Wintergreen
3 drops Lemongrass

SPRINGTIME

2 drops Bergamot
2 drops Grapefruit
1 drop Ylang Ylang

Essential oils are made of simple and pure botanical ingredients to unlock nature’s ability to improve our well being.

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Resources: doTerra, Aura Cacia

When used correctly, essential oils are therapeutic and effective. I encourage you to learn more about how to use aromatherapy safely and effectively by attending workshops and consulting reputable publications and qualified aromatherapists.

The above statements are for informational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Do you use essential oils? What was your experience? Do you have a favorite blend you use often?

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26 Comments

  1. I’ve been wanting to try essential oils and this guide is perfect! My only questions is about safety around babies. I have a 6 month old and I heard you have to be careful about exposing too early. Do you know more?

  2. I started using essential oils on my children a few years ago, oh my goodness I wish I’d discovered them sooner! Have just expanded my collection and intend to get a few more!

  3. The stress away and energize blends sounds like something I could benefit from in my life!! I need to invest in some oils and a good diffuser! This was super interesting, thanks for sharing

  4. Love your oil combos, I’ve dabble just a bit in aromatherapy when I was in health care administration. But never in a personal level. Would love to try it out, looks like this is a great place to start!

  5. I want to get a diffuser but I always forget when I am out! I pinned this post for the different fragrances you mentioned. Oh it sounds so relaxing. I could feel the weight taken off my shoulders imagining what they smelled like.

  6. I have been hearing all the rave about essential oils lately. I think I am going to jump on the bandwagon and buy myself a diffuser and essential oils.

  7. Wow! I am a scent lover and your post about mixing essential oils is so interesting. I personally love Ylang Ylang and Bergamot fragrances and I see both of them have similar properties. Thank you for sharing this.

  8. I love essential oils and I have a diffuser in my room and in the living room, I love mixing oils to create my own special scents.

  9. I am so glad to read your post and as I have never truly understood what the essential oil health benefit for. I love the smell..but I didn’t know there is so much health benefit with them. I am saving your list now and will definitely give it a try from now.

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