Aromatic Use of Essential Oils
Aromatic use of essential oils can support focus, memory, moods and emotions, hormonal balance, the respiratory system, the immune system, the endocrine system, skin and hair, and help purify and cleanse the air.
Aromatic Use with a Diffuser
There are two types of diffusers which are best to use with essential oils, a nebulizing diffuser and ultrasonic diffuser. A nebulizing diffuser breaks down the essential oil into tiny particles through the use of a high velocity, pressurized air stream and jet nozzle. When the essential oil is released, it goes into the air in a fine mist. This method does not alter the chemical composition—it diffuses the entire oil at once so you don’t get the more volatile components first and then the heavier later. The particle size is small enough to be easily inhaled. Nebulizing diffusers work without heat or water. An ultrasonic diffuser uses water but no heat. The diffuser uses electronic frequencies to create a fine mist from the essential oil and water. Ultrasonic vibrations are created by a small disk under the surface of the water which causes the essential oil to break up into tiny micro particles which are small enough to be inhaled.
Things to consider: room size (different diffusers fill certain sizes of air space); automatic shut-off feature; length of running time (some diffusers run only for 2 hours others up to 10 hours; if you want your diffuser to support you during the night get an 8 hour diffuser ); intermittent settings (diffuser does not run continously but turns on and off in intervals – preferable feature when diffusing oils around children, pets and elderly);
Usage Tips: Nebulizing diffuser add 10-15 drops. Ultrasonic diffuser add 2-4 drops. You can use just a single oil, combine a selection of oils, or use a pre-made blend. Place your diffuser in your living room, bedroom, kitchen, office or any place where you spend time. Your body will benefit from breathing in the essential oils. Using a diffuser in the bathroom in the mornings can help you wake up your senses and set the tone for the day. You can even get a car diffuser that plugs into your USB adapter to make your rides to and from work more enjoyable. Add a motivating essential oil in the morning and a stress reducing essential oil on the way home. The car diffuser also works well plugged into your computer, to benefit from aromatherapy while working in an office environment where you can’t place an ultrasonic or nebulizing diffuser.
Aromatic Use from the Bottle
Open the bottle of essential oil, hold about 2 inches from your nose and inhale directly from the bottle.
Aromatic Use from Your Hands
Add 1-2 drops to the palms of your hands, rub together to create a little heat, cup about 6 inches from your face, close your eyes and breathe through mouth and nose. Very beneficial to reduce feelings of stress, calm emotions, uplift spirits, and support the sinuses and respiratory system. I love using the 4-count breathing method: breathe in counting to 4, hold breath counting to 4, breathe out counting to 4 – repeat 3 times, then breathe normally. Repeat this sequence as needed to calm emotions.
Other Aromatic Use Tips
Inhaler: Make your own inhaler for on-the-go. Here is a link to where you can get refillable inhalers. Put 12-14 drops of essential oil into the cap of the essential oil bottle, stick the wick into it on both sides letting the wick absorb all the essential oil. Here is how they look like.
Cotton Balls: Add 1-2 drops to cotton ball and place next to your computer or desk where you work.
Room Spritz: Create a spritz with distilled water and a few drops of essential oil and mist pillow before bed time, mist yourself, spray in the kitchen or bathroom, mist dog bed to neutralize smells or support restful sleep. Mist sneakers, soccer cleats and other sports items to purify air.