I’ve always been big into smells. (That sounds kind of weird as I read it back!) I always wanted my space to smell good and was a huge Yankee Candle addict in my younger years. Having access to their factory store when I lived back East was a bit of a liability for me. When I got pregnant with Josh, suddenly I could not tolerate certain smells and scented candles and air fresheners were among the things I had to give up. Looking back, I think my body recognized that artificial smells and chemicals aren’t good for me and steered me away from them. Seeing the amount of soot that collected on my sister in law’s ceiling after burning candles regularly was enough for me to toss any I had left.
But I still wanted my home to smell fresh and welcoming – especially with the addition of a sometimes stinky baby!
Then I was introduced to essential oils. Someone was doing a demo at my local health food store and I loved that they smelled good and didn’t make me nauseous or give me a headache. I decided to look into essential oils a little more and started to do some research. I began learning about how essential oils interact with our bodies and can support our health in ways I hadn’t even imagined. While I am certainly no expert, I have been using essential oils for a while and definitely come up with some favorite blends to diffuse, add to my baths, and even wear.
If you are setting out on your own journey with essential oils, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your own favorite oils.
Make sure you are using quality oils.
I’m not going to jump into the “this brand is better than that brand” debate. I will say that not all oils are created equal and some contain ingredients that defeat the purpose of chucking chemicals and using oils so read the ingredients and do a little research. Then pick a brand of oils that you feel comfortable with.
Use a quality diffuser.
I typically have a diffuser going in every room (including bathrooms), especially when we have company over. I’ve amassed quiet a diffuser collection over the years and can say without a doubt that purchasing a quality diffuser makes a huge difference in your whole essential oil experience. And expensive does not always mean better! I’ve had more than one diffuser that cost a LOT that hardly spit out any vapor. I’ve also had diffusers that cost a lot less that were real work horses and did a great job of giving off an even, steady stream of vapor.
I recently received an Aroma Soft diffuser by FineLine Living to review and fell in love with it! It comes with it’s own measuring cup so you can easily see how much water you are adding (helpful if you keep your diffuser on a high shelf, like I do) and provides that steady, consistent output that I love. You can set it for continual mist or intermittent 30 second intervals. The ultrasonic cool mist means that there is no heat to alter the composition of the oils and you will reap the full benefits.
It is easy to clean as the top twists and lifts completely off, a feature I really love. No one wants to be breathing in mold or bacteria, so being able to easily and completely clean my diffuer is a must for me! The diffuser also has the option for seven different color light choices which is great if you want to set a certain mood or use it as a nightlight. One of my favorite features is that you can run the diffuser with no light at all. You’d think this option would come with all diffusers, but it doesn’t! That can be an issue for those of us who really need complete darkness when we sleep. It safely shuts off once the water has all been used.
As an added bonus, FineLine Living even offers a free recipe blend ebook as a bonus when you purchase their diffuser. This is great when you are just starting off and need some help with ideas of blends to try.
Take your oils with you when you leave the house.
No, I don’t mean you have to walk around with a bag full of clanking glass oil bottles! But also don’t limit using your oils to only when you are in your house. If you work outside the home, you are spending a lot of time away from your diffuser so come up with some ways to enjoy your oils while you are out and about. One of my favorite ways to do this is with a diffuser necklace. A diffuser necklace is an attractive piece of jewelry that hides a small pad somewhere inside. You can place a few drops of your favorite oil onto the pad and enjoy the benefits no matter where you are.
FineLine Living sent over three different styles of diffuser necklaces for me to share with you. I love that they come with washable pads (so they can be used over and over) and that there are such unique styles to choose from plus each is available in silver or rose gold tones. I can’t decide which is my favorite just yet…
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