The sense of smell can trigger very powerful physiologic, mental and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect aromatically. Some essential oils trigger uplifting and invigorating effects, while others are more calming and soothing. Here are 7 ways to safely use your essential oils aromatically.
Diffusing is one of the simplest ways to use essential oils aromatically. I prefer water and cold air diffusers but using essential oils aromatically does not require a specific diffuser. Check out our many diffuser blends. Besides the benefits of aromatherapy, it also makes the whole space you’re diffusing in smell amazing.
You get the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand and cup them around your nose as you breathe deeply. This is especially beneficial with specific respiratory blends. You can make your own diffuser by applying oils to a cotton ball and place them in the air vent of your car. You can also glue a few felt balls onto a wooden clothespin and apply the oils to the felt balls, and attach the pin to the vent in your car or the air vents in your house
Mix your oils in a spray bottle with water and mist all over furniture, carpet or linens. The dilution depends on how large your spray bottle is, what essential oil you use and how strong you want it to be. If you have any questions about specific oils and their dilution for a spray bottle, feel free to drop me a note. Shake well before use.
Another great way is using essential oils in dryer sheets or felt dryer balls. I use purifying oil and I put 2-3 drops on each of my dryer balls and my laundry comes out smelling fantastic and clean. You can basically use any oil for that depending on your preference. Lavender is a really popular one for this application.
Essential oil jewelry is an amazing way to diffuse oils all day long. There are many options available, from really cheap $1 felt ball diffuser necklaces and bracelets to beautifully designed diffuser jewelry. I prefer jewelry that has porous lava rock. It absorbs the essential oils and diffuses for up to 2 days before you have to reapply it.
Using essential oils as your daily cleaner is also a way to use them aromatically as well as a wonderful surface cleaner. I put 15-20 drops of lemon essential oil in a 16 oz spray bottle and top it off with water. I always use it to clean my counter tops. I tend to make a demonstration out of it when I put a bowl of salad in the middle of my countertop and spray my cleaner on the countertop and over and in the salad bowl and then on the countertop on the other side. Most visitors just stare at me like I have lost my mind, and wonder if I even noticed I just sprayed cleaner on the salad. Why yes, I did notice and it’s a great conversation starter!
Recap the 7 ways to safely use essential oils aromatically:
· Diffusing in a diffuser
· Cotton ball/felt clip diffuser
· Spray bottle/misting
· Laundry dryer sheets or felt dryer balls
· Essential oil jewelry
Comment below and let me know which method you like the best!