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Do what? | Home Diffuser 101

To diffuse or not to diffuse, that is the question.

Diffuse or NotAnd the answer is YES! And this is why…

Diffusing essential oils does a lot more than just make your house smell great.

To understand why diffusing essential oils can be so beneficial, it probably helps to understand what is meant by diffusing an essential oil.

What Is Diffusing?

Diffusing is nothing more than putting the essence of an essential oil into the air so it can be inhaled.

You can diffuse an oil by

  • Putting a couple of drops on a tissue and breathing the scent
  • Using a nebulizer or ultra-sonic diffuser
  • Mixing the essential oils with distilled water in a spray bottle (always use glass, not plastic) and spraying around your house
  • Wearing a terracotta pendant neck diffuser

What Exactly is a Diffuser?

The tissue method is pretty straight forward. All you need is a tissue and some oils. The same goes for the terracotta pendant. You just apply the oils to the pendant and wear it around your neck. These are probably the most cost effective methods for diffusing essential oils. Of course, you have to apply the oils more often because they evaporate but these are still the least expensive ways to diffuse essential oils.

Diffusers and nebulizers, however, are probably not something you’re familiar with if you’re new to essential oils.

First, let’s talk about what a diffuser or nebulizer is not. Diffusers and nebulizers are not humidifiers or vaporizers.  A diffuser doesn’t heat water to create steam to disburse the essential oils into the air. Instead, diffusers use cold water to create a microfine mist containing particles of the essential oils and release it into the air. When you breathe the air in a room where the oils are disbursed, you’re breathing in a mist filled with essential oils. This mist gets the oils deep into your lungs and into your system immediately so you get the full benefit of the oils.

Why Is That Important?

If you’re using therapeutic grade essential oils (and these are really the only ones you should be using for addressing any physical or mental condition), the oils contain the properties from the plants they come from that can have an immediate effect on your body, emotions and mind.

While you can use essential oils on your skin and some can even be taken internally, diffusing them is an easy way to get the full benefit of the oils – fast. Diffusing essential oils can:

  • Improve the quality of the air in your home by making chemicals non-toxic (some oils act as natural chelators and bond to heavy metals and chemicals and flush them out of the system)
  • Increasing the ozone in the atmosphere and inhibiting the growth of bacteria, fungus and mold;
  • Improve your mood and frame of mind;
  • Stimulate your mind and body without making you nervous or jittery or relax you without putting you to sleep;
  • Improve your ability to focus;
  • Relieve stress and tension;
  • Improve concentration;
  • Aid the body in transporting nutrients throughout the body;
  • Boost your immune system; and
  • Create a feeling of balance.

It’s hard to argue with a list of benefits like that. Just decide which benefits you want or need, find out which oils will provide those benefits and you’re set.

How To Use and Care For Your Diffuser

Once you have a diffuser, it’s easy to diffuse the essential oils. Just pour distilled water into the reservoir according to the instructions with the diffuser, add about 6 drops of the essential oil of your choice and turn on the diffuser. The diffuser will stop when it’s out of water.

When the diffuser shuts off, unplug it, wipe down the reservoir with a clean rag and let it dry until the next time you’re ready to use your diffuser. If you’re like me, that will be the very next day. I have mine running for about 3 hours every single day.

And one more word to the wise: ALWAYS use distilled water in your diffuser. Not bottled water, purified water or bottled drinking water. It needs to be distilled water. That way you’re not adding any chemicals to your oils. Just pure, clean, cold water.

I hope you’ll try diffusing your essential oils. It’s one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to use therapeutic grade essential oils.

Get OILY with me!

Renea Lynch | Young Living #1171826

 

*info taken from oldsouthessentialoils.com*

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Everyday Oils | Lemon

For the love of lemons!  I thought I’d share a little bit about each one of the everyday essential oils to let you know how awesome they are and what you can do with them.  (or *gasp* if you don’t have them what you’re missing out on!)  And just let me say, lemon is one I get excited about.

I am truly in love with my lemon oil and can’t get enough of it.  Of course I love all things citrus which makes me a lemon junkie.  I drink it in my water, I diffuse it, I pop it in pills, I apply it to my wrists for a quick pick me up.  It’s a great detox oil and uplifts your moods.  Not to mention the power it has to kills germs is amazing.

Product Tips (taken from YL website)

  • Use 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, and crayon from most surfaces.
  • Combine 2–3 drops of lemon essential oil with water in a spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.
  • Place a drop of lemon essential oil on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production.
  • Soothe corns, calluses, or bunions by rubbing lemon essential oil on the affected area morning and evening.
  • Massage lemon essential oil into cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste from cells.
  • Add lemon essential oil to your morning tea or breakfast shake for a refreshing pick-me-up.
  • Inhale lemon essential oil or place a few drops on a cotton ball to replenish your mind, body, and spirit.
  • Add 10–15 drops of lemon essential oil to a gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains, brighten carpet and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room.
  • Add several drops of lemon essential oil to a chicken marinade for a delicious dinner.
  • Place a few drops of your favorite citrus essential oil on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator to help eliminate odors.

LEMON – (Citrus limon) has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function.
Young Living Lemon Everyday Essential Oil Uses

  • Use 6 drops of Lemon oil and 6 drops of Purification oil in a glass spray bottle mixed with distilled water to use in the bathroom as an air freshener.
  • Use 1-2 drops of Lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
  • Use 1 drop of Lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a corn, callous or bunion mornings and evenings.
  • To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water.
  • Add 2-3 drops of Lemon oil to water and spray counter tops to sterilize them.
  • Soak your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and a drop of Lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.
  • Add a drop of Lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
  • Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.
  • Place a drop of Lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers to lessen pain and aid healing.
  • Put a drop of Lemon oil on bleeding gums caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction.
  • Put a drop of Lemon oil on oily skin or acne to balance sebaceous glands (oil glands).
  • Rub several drops of Lemon oil on cellulite to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.
  • Rub two drops of Lemon oil topically to clear athlete’s foot.
  • Rub several drops of Lemon oil on varicose veins to improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night until it disappears.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces.

Just in the last few days, I’ve shared lemon oil with several friends, helped one friend with what she thought to be strep throat, of course used it in my water, diffused it in the house….and let me tell you what, it works WONDERS for heartburn!  Yes, heartburn!  You’d think something we consider to be acidic would be the last thing you’d reach for.  But lemon helps put your bodies natural acids back in balance.  I was amazed the first time I tried it for heartburn.

For years we’ve used cleaners that contained lemon ‘scent’ and it was so refreshing.  Imagine cleaning your house now with REAL lemons and lemon oil.  Mmmmm……

Picture yourself sipping on some fresh lavender lemonade!  There’s a treat!  If you utilize pinterest and google you’ll be amazed at what you can find.  Just try a random search for ‘young living lemon essential oil’ and sit back and relax while you peruse the world wide web.  If you ever have questions regarding an oil or the credibility of a site you are searching, don’t hesitate to ask me!  I love all things oily!

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