Our Nose Knows Things…Smelling Our Way to Well-Being…(2)

20160924_082837There are various methods of inhaling essential oils. This will be discussed in today’s blog.

Diffusion is the process of dispersing essential oils so that their aroma fills a room or an area with the natural fragrance. From the simple to the elaborate, many different methods exist for diffusing essential oils into a room.

Diffusing aromatherapy oils can happen in a variety of ways:

  1. Add the essential oil to a tissue and keep it near. The tissue can be tucked into the vent of your car or kept near you to inhale frequently. A drop will need to be added about every hour.
  2. Tea light burners can be handy to diffuse the aroma quickly throughout a room. Over a length of time, the constant heat can change the scent as well as the properties of the oil.
  3. Steam baths work for short periods of time and are most effective when used for specific issues such as loosening phlegm from a tight, wheezing chest.
  4. spray-diffuserRoom sprays work well as you can change the scent as often as you like. It is also a handy way to clean the air around you of airborne bacteria and viruses.
  5. diffuser-on-chainPendant neck diffusers are my new favourite method of diffusing essential oil. During the colds and flu season, a few drops of Medieval Thieves will help to keep the bugs at bay. In Spring, a drop of Niaouli helps to soothe my sinus passages as I get the occasional seasonal hay fever. It is also a wonderful way to wear scent if you don’t want to put the oils on your skin. Heavy base notes work well as a perfume as they last for days and the aroma actually gets better with time.

The beautiful diffuser pendant that you see in this photograph is available from us for R80. You can put the essential oils on the felt provided, or make your own circle from tissue paper, cardboard, or paper.

Caution: Please ensure that the oils you choose are 100% pure aromatherapy grade as parfums will not have the same effect.

Have a noseworthy week!

Lots of love

Sue and Christine

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