Now that Autumn is nipping at our heels, it’s time to dig out the essential oil inhalers, vaporiser and and get them ready to purify the air.
What do you mean, Wendy?
Essential oils have many properties – they act on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
This means that they can be antibacterial and calming at the same time (think of chamomile), antiviral and uplifting (rosemary)
With the change of season, our body can do with some support to keep colds and flu at bay.
Essential oil inhalers
These are plastic tubes with an inner wick that you add your own essential oil blend to.
Similiar to the Vicks nasal inhalers, you can make your own with essential oils .
Take them with you – in your pocket, a purse or bag. If you’re travelling on public transport and suffer from anxiety you can sniff your inhaler to calm yourself.
Same thing with studying for, or writing exams. You can add a brain enhancing blend to the essential oils inhaler and use that as a study and memory aid.
You can adjust the essential oils to suit whatever is happening in your life right now.
If you’re uncertain which oils to use, there are ideas below and in my newsletter. You can also ask your aromatherapist or acupuncturist for blend suggestions.
How to use aromatherapy inhalers
An aromatherapy inhaler consists of 4 parts – wick, inner tube, closure, and outer tube.
Add 20 drops of essential oil to the absorbent wick.
Insert this into the inner tube. Seal it firmly with the closure.
Screw on the outer lid. Add a sticky label to the outer tube, because you will forget what was inside!
- your name and/oror function of the blend eg Wendy’s calming/stress relief
- the date
- your blend eg Lavender and Chamomile
When you’re not inhaling , keep it screwed closed to prevent loss of essential oils through evaporation.
Essential oil inhaler recipes
Colds and flu – 10 drops each of rosemary and eucalyptus (total 20 drops), or 10 drops ravensara, 7 drops thyme or oregano and 3 drops peppermint.
Exams and studying – 20 drops rosemary, or 10 drops lemon and 10 drops rosemary.
Stress and anxiety – 10 drops lavender and 10 drops bergamot, or 10 drops sweet orange and 10 drops lemon.
Focus at work – 10 dropes lemon, 5 drops basil adn 5 drops rosemary.
Insomnia – 10 drops chamomile, 5 drops bergamot, 3 drops mandarin, 2 drops vetiver
Meditation blend – 10 drops frankincense, 8 drops bergamot or sweet orange and 2 drops cardamom.
Children over 5 calming bedtime blend – 10 drops sweet orange, or 5 drops bergamot with 5 drops lavender.
Notes – you’re aiming at 20 drops for an adult inhaler, and 5-10 for a child.
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Diffuser vs vaporiser
I prefer a vaporiser as it adds moisture to the air. Ideal for parched air from central heating.
A diffuser simply blows air over the oils, which disperses them into the room. I’ll use this when humidity is high.
Both gadgets help spread the essential oils through the room.
Why should you use a vaporiser or diffuser for your essential oils?
Diffusing essential oils into your home (or office) can help you stay healthy when those around you are coughing and sneezing.
Many essential oils contain components that have antiviral properties. As colds and flu are viruses, they cannot be treated with antibiotics.
Essential oils can also be blended to increase their synergy.
Not to mention they also make the air smell good. Without the side effects of toxic ‘fake’ air fresheners sold in supermarkets.
Using a diffuser or vaporiser is a safe way to enjoy the oils – you don’t need to worry about how many drops you can add to your oil mixture.
You don’t need to worry about a reaction on your skin.
You dab them onto the pad (in the diffuser) or into a bowl of water (vaporiser) .
Essential Oil recipes for room scenting
My current favourite essential oils for scenting the air are Sweet Orange and Lavender.
The ratio either 50: 50 or 60:40
Adjust to your taste. You’ll need about 10 drops in total for your diffuser or vaporiser – dont overdo it as it can casue your eyes to sting.
The scent will fade over 1-3 days. Then replenish.
How do orange and lavender work?
Don’t let the pleasant aroma fool you into thinking they are nothing but ‘pretty smells’
Sweet Orange actually works to uplift your mood and restore a sunshiny feeling. Now that the days are drawing in, that sweetness is comforting. (Are you like me and find it hard to let go of the glorious summer days?) Sweet Orange will restore joy. It’s one of the fruits used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to lift and brighten mood.
And Lavender.. well apart from the relaxing and calming effect, Lavender actually zaps microorganisms. It’s a must-have in the home, not just fro your dig=ffuser but also to use as part of your natural first aid kit.
Other ways to enjoy essential oils
Now if you aren’t into diffusing essential oils into the air, or don’t own a vaporiser or diffuser, how else can you enjoy them?
You can use them in your skincare routine, as a body oil, scalp treatment, face cream or hand cream.
They can be mixed into a bath oil or your shampooshower.
You can sprinkle them on a tissue to tuck into your pocket or under your pillow.
They can be added to a bowl of boiling water and inhaled to unblock congested noses.
My most favourite way though, is through combining the two most neglected senses – scent and touch.
That means… and aromatherapy massage. Yum.
Aromatherapy Massage with Essential Oils
It’s an effective way to prepare your body for the change in seasons.
- You get the antiviral, antibacterial effects of the essential oils
- combined with physical relief from aches and pains
- plus your body releases feel-good endorphins. ( think of Runner’s High, without doing the running)
- And did I mention your skin feels soft and silky afterwards?
- Or that tension line melt away from your face and neck?
That’s why nothing beats an aromatherapy massage. It’s like several treatments all at once.
(Of course, if you have a fever, you need to self-isolate, stay at home until you are well. Do NOT go for a massage when you have a fever. It is not safe for the therapist or those in the community with weakened immune systems, eg older people, those with diabetes, heart troubles and other disease.