Isn’t it amazing how the smallest of things can completely change the course of your day? Like stressing over getting out of the house in time for work, and then seeing a family of deer munching on some nearby grass as you’re getting into your car. Seriously, how does that not instantly make you smile? That’s kind of the same way essential oils work. They have his incredible ability to alter your environment, and in turn, potentially have a big impact on your health as well. The idea behind using essential oils isn’t new, by any means. Civilizations throughout history and the world have been using them to help soothe whatever ails them. It makes a lot of sense if you think about it. Nature can often supply relief for just about any complaint; she’s cool like that. You just have to know how to use what she supplies. Keep reading to learn about how essential oil diffuser blends may support your healthy lifestyle.
Single Note vs. Essential Oil Diffuser Blends
Usually when beginners start to seek out the benefits of essential oils, they are encouraged to start with the basics, which are typically single note blends. Some of the basic must-have single note essential oils include:
- Peppermint Essential Oil – promotes alertness, a healthy mood, and digestive support
- Lavender Essential Oil – supports relaxation and sleep
- Tea Tree Essential Oil – supports a immune system and serves as a natural disinfectant
- Lemon Essential Oil – promotes healthy digestion and acts as a natural cleanser
- Orange Blossom Essential Oil – promotes healthy respiratory function and a calm mood
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil – provides seasonal support
When you master using single note essential oils, it’s time to move on to essential oil diffuser blends, which can be really exciting. Not only will you experience new exciting scents to enjoy, but you can begin to tailor the oil blends you choose, to your specific needs. Here are a few examples of ways to use blends to tackle specific ailments.
Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Health Challenges
Anxiousness & Irritability
Whether you feel this way all the time, or just need help every now and then, essential oil blends are a wonderful natural way to address anxiousness and irritability. Simply diffusing a blend such as Anxiety Release by Wyndmere Essential Oils – a high-quality brand offering many different essential oil diffuser blends – may make a huge difference. This blend contains orange and lavender, which promotes calmness and relaxation. It also contains clary sage, which studies show may act as a natural antidepressant. Geranium is in there as well, which may minimize inflammation and relieve stress, as can vetiver and chamomile, which are also used to soothe muscle cramps and promote natural healing.
We can all use a little help getting a good night’s sleep once in a while. Essential oils can act as a natural sleep aid that could help you avoid sleeping pills and other sleep aids. There are plenty of great sleep-promoting blends to try in your bedroom diffuser, such as Sleepy Time Synergistic Blend from Wyndmere Essential Oils. Look for blends that support relaxation and calmness with oils like lavender, ylang ylang, mandarin, and marjoram. Other helpful tips include keeping a small glass spray bottle, filled with a sleep blend and water beside your bed. Spray your pillows and blankets about 20 minutes before bedtime and ease into sleep.
Lack of Focus/Concentration
Essential oil blends can be very helpful when you are struggling to focus on work or find your mind wandering when you’re trying to read a book or study. Look for a blend that contains a variety of essences that work together to promote balance and focus, such as Mental Focus from NOW Foods – a great brand that also offers food-grade essential oils. This particular blend contains lemon and peppermint oil as well as wintergreen oil, which can help soothe sore muscles or other discomforts that may be distracting you. You’ll also find hints of basil, rosemary – for memory support, and grapefruit oil, a natural stimulant which can help you stay alert and focused.
There isn’t a person in the world who doesn’t slump into a bad mood every once in a while. The trick is to get yourself out of it before it starts to cause problems elsewhere. You can find tons of essential oil blends that encourage a particular mood. For instance, if you are working on bringing more positivity into your life, you may find support with a blend such as Nature’s Shield. It combines clove bud is known as a soothing and comforting scent, as well as cheerful lemon, uplifting rosemary, energizing cinnamon bark and refreshing lemon. Hey, it’s worth a try, right? Joyful Spirit is another favorite blend that comes highly recommended!
Essential oil diffusers, particularly ultrasonic diffusers, which also work as humidifiers can be very helpful for relieving respiratory symptoms that are often associated with seasonal change such as coughing, sneezing, stuffy nose, and tightness and/or burning in the chest. Just add your favorite blend to the essential oils tray and breathe in the goodness. Some scents to try for respiratory health include basil, niaouli, eucalyptus, pine, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood. You can find those in a pre-made blend called Breath Blend by Wyndmere.
Aches and Pains
Essential oils can work wonders on everyday aches and pains that many of us deal with. Whether it’s stiff joints, or inflammation that causes your discomfort, you might be surprised at just how helpful the right blend can be at providing soothing relief. Oil Blends that combine scents such as clove bud, sweet birch and black pepper can be added to a lotion or massage oil and applied topically, or added to a diffuser to ease pain from the inside out. Your choice!
There are many reasons why we get headaches. Whether they are hormonal, caused by stress, or tension headaches from slouching or staring at the computer for too long, they can really bring you down. You might be able to find temporary relief by adding an essential oil blend such as Head Aide to your diffuser and relaxing for a while. This unique blend combines the scents of lavender, spearmint, rosemary, basil, marjoram, and vetiver, which are well known for their tendency to help soothe and calm temporary head pain.
Traveling, whether it’s for fun or for work, can take a real toll on your body. Good thing your essential oils can travel with you, and there are blends designed to help specifically with the exhaustion associated with travel. Scents like grapefruit, eucalyptus, peppermint, geranium, lavender, and patchouli work well to take the edge out of jet lag and reinvigorate you after a long trip. They also smell great and can help freshen up a stale hotel room or stuffy plane.
While we’re on the subject of traveling, you should know that there is actually an essential oils blend called Road Rage Relief! This blend seeks to promote calmness and focus while driving in stressful situations, such as rush-hour traffic. Seriously, can we make this one mandatory between the hours of 4-6p.m.? You can easily enjoy this one in your car with a portable diffuser that attaches to your A/C vents.
Using essential oils may be an ancient practice, but modern technology has certainly made it more convenient to use and benefit from them. You can find all kinds of diffusers and accessories to make essential oils easily fit into your daily lifestyle and work for you. You can even learn how to make your own!
Types of Diffusers
- Ultrasonic – also known as a humidifying diffuser. Helpful for those suffering from symptoms associated with seasonal change such as stuffy nose, cough, sinus pressure, tightness and/or burning in the chest.
- Nebulizer – releases soft mists of essential oils into the air, but doesn’t use water. Perfect to use in popular rooms where you tend to spend a lot of time such as a living room, office or media room.
- Evaporative – Oils are added to a try or pad and released through the air. These are popular for their portability and many are also battery operated. Try using one the next time you travel to relax and decompress after a long trip or if you have trouble falling asleep in different places.
- Heat – These diffusers are popular and easy to use because they typically use a candle or flame to release essential oil scents in the air. Just be careful of the open flame and keep in mind that heat diminishes some of the potency of the essential oils.
Which essential oil diffuser blends are your favorites? We’d love to hear about your own creations or others you’ve had great success with! Be sure to include your favorite way to enjoy them (diffuser, topically, etc.) in the comments below!