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How to Diffuse Essential Oils
What is Essential Oil Diffusion?
Diffusion is the commonly used term of spreading the essential oil fragrance more widely through the air and may be done in many different ways.
Having these aromatic molecules of scent wafting through the home is common in many homes and even businesses. They may be used anywhere from churches, schools, hotels, even your car.
Essential Oils have many uses and benefits in Aromatherapy, skin care and even around the home but how can you benefit from diffusing these oils?
Different oils have different effects and benefits when diffused. Here are some key examples:
Diffusion of Scent
Relief from Headaches
Benefits of Diffusion
- Kills air born germs and viruses
- Provides fragrance to rooms
- Air fresheners
- Masks odors and stale smells
- Creates Ambiance
- Helps treat insomnia
- Stress relief
- Migraine relief
- Feel good factor
- Relieves anxiety
- Stimulates the brain
- Improves concentration
Safety When Diffusing Essential Oils
These oils are volatile and potent and this should always be remembered when using in any form. When planning on using as scent in a work space, when receiving guests in your home or any space that will see groups of people, always be mindful of what is good for you may not be so for others.
People may have allergies, reactions or find particular aromas off putting. Whilst the quantities that reach the body may be small, it is something to be very aware of, especially around the elderly and children who may be more vulnerable to fragrances. Choose your scents carefully or leave for another occasion.
Ways to Diffuse Oils ~
On a Tissue
For a quick and easy diffusion method pop a few drops of your essential oil of choice onto a paper tissue. This may be used in a variety of ways including down your bra, on your desk in work, in your car or on public transport.
Pick oils that are good for alertness for example for the car and work space. This method is cheap, portable and instant. It is a good choice if you love perfume but find it irritates your skin but obviously would need reapplying every hour or so to maintain the scent.
Room Spray Diffuser
Easily made with a glass spray container, fill the container with distilled, filtered, bottled or mineral water. The amount of drops you add depends on the size of container. Add 5-6 drops of EO for every oz of water for a 1% dilution and for a 2% dilution add 10-12 drops. I would not recommend adding a higher dilution ratio.
Always add drops a few at a time and try first, before adding more. Especially when trying a fragrance for the first time.
Room sprays are another quick and easy method for an instant lift to a space which does not need a heat source, batteries or electricity to produce oil diffusion. For this method a dark glass bottle is highly recommended as essential oils over time may disintegrate plastic containers. Only use plastic for short term use.
Diffuser Refill Pads
A terracotta pendant is one type of pendant diffusers available and works in the same way as tissue on your person would. The pendant worn around the neck has a few drops of oil added and would need top ups regularly as it is most concentrate when first applied.
Perfect for those who cannot wear fragrance on their skin but loves to have the smell of it. The pendants make great gift ideas for friends and family you know would appreciate this form of perfume wearing and there are many different types of pendant diffusers available.
Oil Burner Diffuser
Used in conjunction with unscented tea lights, this diffuser method has been popular for many years. Placing the tea light under the ceramic dish, add some water to the dish. Add 5-8 drops of essential oil and light the candle safely. The heat from the candle will enable the aroma from the oil to be carried through the air as it vaporizes.
These oil diffusers are readily available from ultra cheap to expensive and when selecting one make sure the bowl will take a cup of water, egg cup size is useless! Oil burners need obvious attention to keep topped up, to replace tea lights and not allowed to burn dry and risk cracking your burner.
They should always be placed in a suitable location out of children and pets reach since the water gets hot. The essential oil will need topping up, particularly the lighter top notes including lemon and orange. The heavier scents including patchouli, vetiver and sandalwood will last longer.
These simple diffusers, blow cool air across a disposable pad which has about 6 drops of essential oil added. If you want a few scents you use one pad per fragrance. The beauty of this is it requires no heat or candles, is safe in the home and is portable around the home as it plugs in. The pads will dry out quickly if using light oils so it is more cost effective to use the heavier oils which evaporate at a slower rate.
Small Plug-In Diffusers
These are similar to the branded room fragrance diffusers many are familiar with. These ones are plugged into the wall using low heat to diffuse the aroma and may be used in the car charger unit. Refill pads are available and a new one should be used each time you use a new fragrance or the pad may have some of the previously used oil on it. The pads only need 1-2 drops of essential oil on them.
Ultrasonic Mist Diffuser
This form delivers a fine mist of broken down particles of essential oils. Once purchased, it is a clean, safe economical way of using the oils and you save on the oil too as only 1 or 2 drops is all that is needed for a small room and maximum 5 in large spaces. Being potable it is great to have in the bathroom as you relax in a long essential oil soak.
This is often the preferred diffuser by aromatherapists for utilizing the healing properties of essential oils through inhalation and absorption. Nebulizers process essential oil into a near gas like state as tiny minute particles. You simply pour oil into the glass cylinder and switch on. They are not the quietest when powered on and I wouldn’t recommend in a room that needs to be quiet.
DIY skin care with essential oils
- How to Make Lavender and Patchouli Body Wash
making your own body wash is easy and quick which you can custom blend with you own favorite scents. Here is an inspired recipe with gorgeous lavender and patchouli oil packed with skin care benefits.
- Homemade Rosemary and Eucalyptus Deodorant
A homemade deodorant is tons more beneficial and cost effective to use. Rosemary and Eucalyptus make an ideal essential oil combination to keep body odor at bay so read on for recipe and information.
- Frankincense Essential Oil Skin Care Recipes
The ancient oil Frankincense or Olibanum is a resin collected from one of species of Boswellia trees. Frankincense essential oil has many uses for health, mind and body including skin care recipes.
Essential Oil Diffusing Ideas
Lavender – relaxing and healing it helps in a great variety of ways including insomnia, migraines, stress relief, skin care and has antimicrobial properties.
Grapefruit - for exhaustion, headaches, mental fatigue and depression.
Cassis – for low energy, colds, flu, fever and chills.
Eucalyptus – for hay fever, bronchitis and flu.
Cinnamon – colds, coughs and flu.
Frankincense – headaches, pneumonia and bronchitis.
Marjoram – for nervous tension, anxiety, exhaustion, colds, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, stress, poor circulation and insomnia.
Wild Orange – colds, flu, nervous tension and for children at bedtime.
Lemongrass – energizes body and mind, relieves fatigue, nervousness and is a great insect repellent.
Ylang-Ylang – induces calming and relaxing atmosphere.
Peppermint – improves concentration and accuracy, great when studying.
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Other Ways to Diffuse Fragrance
Homemade Air Freshener
This is an easy method of introducing perfume scent of essential oils mixed with other ingredients including cinnamon sticks, cloves, slices of orange, lemons, vanilla pods, rosemary and lavender buds. It is as easy as boiling a large pan of water and adding aromatic ingredients, including some essential oils which will diffuse into the air leaving a lovely lingering scent. Why not make your own lavender oil by infusing dried lavender in olive oil? For a full recipe and ideas check out How tomake a homemade air freshener.
Petals in Bowl
Another simple idea that is easily done is placing rose petals in a bowl, pouring over water and adding a few drops of rose or rose geranium essential oil. Instead of water you could add rosewater or even make your own rosewater as shown in rosewater and lemon face wash. A bowl of petals looks good even as a table centerpiece or placed around the home but be careful to keep it away from pets and young children. Another option is dried lavender with a few drops of lavender essential oil is gorgeous for the summer season.
Dried fruits, herbs, spices, plants, seeds, petals, flowers and essential oils may all be added into potpourri. This form of fragrance is incredibly popular with bags upon bags being manufactured and many will be in particular color combinations. Making your own natural potpourri is so much more authentic and saves you quite a few bucks as it is not the cheapest item when buying regularly. Have a fresh, invigorating aroma with some floral notes during spring and summer months with a more warm, rich and spicy choice for the colder wintery seasons.
Potpourri and Spices in Morocco
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