Haven’t we all al at one time or another opened up our car door only to wonder exactly what that combination of odors was that we were smelling? Or unknowingly walking toward the laundry room and smelling it before actually seeing it? Last, there are numerous times throughout our workday that a fresh breath of a calming essential oil would be a welcome alternative to our stressful thinking pattern.
As many already know, aromatherapy is the use of aromatic essential oils derived from plants for the purpose of enhancing the well-being of one’s physical or psychological health.
Essential oils used in aromatherapy trigger responses in the brain that send healing to the body. These oils can balance out hormone levels, heal digestive disorders, and dramatically reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders.
Scientific studies have shown that aromatherapy is a completely legitimate form of medicine. By inhaling essential oils, nerves in the nose trigger powerful brain responses. Similarly, topical application allows these essential oils to quickly enter the bloodstream by being absorbed through skin tissue.
5 Easy Ways To Incorporate The Benefits Of Essential Oils Into Your Everyday Routine:
Using a diffuser is an easy way to disperse them so that their scent can fill a home or office room with the oil’s natural fragrance. Among their many benefits, these oils can help energize or relax you, provide sinus and allergy relief.
Evaporative essential oil diffusers are typically the least expensive are a very good way humidify the air and distribute fragrance quickly. Heat diffusers work in the same way as evaporative diffusers. They both that use a fan to release the essential oils, but the latter uses heat to activate the oil.. More serious aromatherapy practitioners use nebulizing or ultrasonic diffusers. These more sophisticated diffusers preserve more of the essence of the oil during dispersion.
Essential oil car diffusers allow you to take the benefits of aromatherapy when out and about or freshen your car naturally. Easy to plug in, customize and change scents, these small but mighty devices pack a lot of sweet-smelling power.
Who doesn’t need to surround themselves with some aroma-loving on a long commute that starts at the crack of dawn, while getting cut off by a reckless driver or when getting a little queasy in the passenger seat?
Here are three blends of essential oils for the car and their uses:
Alertness: 4 drops peppermint, 4 drops spearmint, 2 drops lemon/bergamot
Car sickness: 6 drops peppermint, 4 drops ginger
Clothes Dryer Essential Oil Ball
According to the EWG, fabric softener and dryer sheet ingredients can cause allergies, asthma and irritate our lungs. They coat your clothes with a layer of chemicals, most commonly “asthmagens,” as they can cause asthma to develop in otherwise healthy people, according to The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, a leading international authority on asthma.
As if that weren’t enough, many fabric softeners and dryer sheets also include human carcinogens acetaldehyde, formaldehyde.
The solution: Wool Dryer Balls. How do dryer balls work?
By bouncing around in the dryer, wool dryer balls separate and lift laundry items (works on clothes, towels, sheets, etc.), increasing hot air flow. This, in turn, reduces static, cuts down on drying time and softens laundry naturally. Plus, when you add essential oils (I recommend Lavender), you’ll get a lovely, subtle scent on your laundry that’s safe and non-toxic.
In the Bath
Using essential oils in the bath is one of the easiest ways to implement aromatherapy and its benefits. But care must be taken when using essential oils at bathtime.
Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to .25 ounce carrier oil. Using a solubilizer such as Polysorbate 20 or Solubol is strongly recommended. Essential oils and carrier oils do not stay mixed with water. (For the solubilizer that you choose, follow the usage guidelines provided by your vendor.)
Add this blend to your running bath water and mix well before getting into the tub. Be sure to read the safety data for the essential oils you choose to use.
By adding these simple essential oil delivery methods into our everyday life, so many benefits can be received including the following:
- Antidepressant Capacity. Did you know that aromatherapy can be used to control depression?
- Increase Memory Capabilities.
- Boost Energy Levels.
- Alleviate Headaches.
- Enhance Immune System
Pick one of the methods above that fits your lifestyle and try it today!