In Tennessee, it has been such a wet Fall and Winter. No sooner than the leaves gave us their Fall brilliance, the rain began and it seems as though it has yet to stop. Last week, despite the passing rain and chilly temperature, I noticed the lengthening of the days and the change in the way the sun sets. As someone who really struggles with the short days and dreary weather, I was instantly thrown into a more productive mood, and just as soon as the mood hit me, my home transformed from a hibernation chamber to a clean space with oils in the air. With my living space all tidy and momentum giving way to ideas for writing, I thought I would take some time to tell everyone one of the many ways I use essential oils. I realize that not everyone has a diffuser in every nook and cranny of their home, and besides, what are your options for when you leave home and are suddenly hit with a situation where oils could be of tremendous service? Diffusers can be pricey at times and we all know that with quality come price for both diffusers and oils alike. Not everyone is prepared to drop $30-$60 on a diffuser, and once you do purchase said diffuser, how long will oils last? I’m going to show some of you who are interested in the benefits of aromatherapy exactly how to use essential oils in a way that is more budget friendly and can perhaps be a nice segway into more in-depth use.
Before we get started, let me begin with a little story on why I started using oils outside of my home. Several years ago I was driving along the interstate as I had done many times in the past, and something happened. One minute I was singing along to Ray Lamontagne and the next moment I was pulling over onto the wrong side of the shoulder, in a curve no less. I was shaking uncontrollably and felt as though I was about to faint. I called my husband and was crying and terrified. I later found out that I had suffered from a panic attack. I had been trying to get to a very important interview, and though I didn’t feel stressed, I suppose the days leading up to that moment finally caught up to me. I suppose that is how panic attacks work sometimes. You don’t realize just how stressed you are until you do. It hit me pretty hard. So much so that it would be 2 years before I would get back onto an interstate or highway of any kind, and it would be the use of aromatherapy and cognitive retraining that would get me back on track. The point in me telling you this story is because, at that time, I was taking a bottle of Lavender or a stress blend and holding it up to my nose and taking slow deep breaths in, all the while trying not to spill it everywhere. I knew there must be a dignified and socially acceptable solution to my problem. Enter my husband. One thing about him is that he is extremely predictable. I know that in the Winter and again in the Summer, he will get a sinus infection from environmental allergies. He will miss a couple of days of work from said sinus issues and will whine and hack and carry on as if it is in some way the make equivalent to childbirth. For years he has used one of those Vicks inhalation sticks that smells like menthol meets mint meets headache (for me anyway). He whips it out when necessary (mind OUT of the gutter please) and takes a deep breath and then throws it back in his pocket never to be seen again until I pull the damn thing out of the dryer. Who came up with this genius tool, and can I just buy the tube itself? Certainly I can make something similar but with a much more pleasant all-natural smell that is free of any harsh chemicals. I could make him one for his allergies and I could make myself one for the times I am driving in heavy traffic and feel anxious. So, I take it to the place where all creativity and DIY meet. The place where we search, discover, and Pin! Pinterest, of course! And that is where I discover that there, in fact, is a company that offers just the inhalation tubes as well as the cotton wicks to put inside. Cornucopia brand product make a wide variety of different vessels for essential oil needs, and I actually have purchased some of their glass dropper bottles, but had no idea they made these amazing BPA free inhaler tubes. They come in the standard white, or a variety of colors which I thought was super fun. One of the amazing things about making these inhaler tubes with essential oil blends is that you can treat a wide variety of ailments and have them at your disposal whenever the need arises. I’m going to show you how easy it is to make these inhalers as well as give you an overview of what oils I prefer and why. I would like to add that I am not a distributor or sales rep for any essential oil company and do not make any profit from suggesting that one oil is better than another. All of my opinions are based solely on my personal experience and use of essential oils.
What You Need
All you need are the oils you plan to use for your inhaler, and the inhaler tubes found here. It is a 4 part system which includes the tube, cotton wick, cap, and top. These particular tubes come with cotton wicks, so there is no need to purchase any extras unless you plan to switch them out or you just want to be prepared later down the road.
Essential oil blend or single note depending on what you are making the inhaler for. Today I’m making one for PMS to show you how it’s done. I did a post a while ago with several different blends by Eden’s Garden. In these links you will find a blend for headaches, PMS, and an immune system booster.
When it comes to choosing a particular brand of oil, it’ all depends on how important price point and quality are for you and which one takes the #1 seat in level of importance. It’s clear that the more expensive brands such as Young Living or Doterra are more fragrant and in my opinion are great quality, it’s not an oil that I buy on a regular basis. I need a happy balance between affordability and quality. The following brands are those that I find to be that happy balance for me, with my favorite brand listed first. Now, with that being said, if you have copious amounts of money or you just feel as though quality tips the scales more than price, by all means, go with the YL brand. I’m personally an Eden’s Garden gal most of the time.
Eden’s Garden- There are several synergy blends that take the guesswork out of playing bartender with your oils, the affordability is there, the quality is fantastic, and they have a pretty good incentive program that allows you to earn points with each purchase and spend them accordingly. Incredibly friendly staff are always ready to answer any questions you have. I could go on forever about this company.
Mountain Rose- Amazing quality. It’s a little more pricey than my #1 or #3 spot, but the quality is amazing. I don’t mind playing mad scientist with my oils, so I’m not at all put off by the fact that there isn’t a line of formulated blends, however, if you are a newbie, this may not be your brand. You can always look up recipes. *Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy is my go to.
Fabulous Frannie- Also a wide variety of blends available making it easy to just pick one for your inhaler or diffuser. Very affordable, but as you may already know, you get what you pay for, and while I have many FF oils, I find that when using them in a diffuser, the aroma dissipates in the air a little too quickly.
How To Make Your Inhaler
Start with a clean container or dish of some sort. I use a small flat plate so that I can be certain that the oil is evenly distributed and doesn’t fall into any cracks or crevices.
Add 10-15 drops of your essential oil blend to the dish. If you are using several different oils to achieve a blend of your own, do equal amounts of each.
Take the cotton wick insert and carefully roll it around in the oils so that all of the oil is evenly distributed on the wick. I use tweezers or sometimes a toothpick. The last thing you want to do is get it on your fingers and then accidentally touch your eyes.
Insert the cotton wick into the inhaler tube and seal it with the cap. Be sure it’s closed completely.
Label your inhaler with some cute labels. I found these free printable labels on an amazing page that is full of amazing useful information about essential oils. I highly recommend going over to One Essential Community. There is a wealth of knowledge to be had over there and because oils aren’t something I do on here on a regular basis, I wanted to suggest a place for you all to go and learn. You can print out her super cute labels and tape them onto your inhaler so that it never becomes a mystery as to which inhaler you have.
There you have it,you guys! This is a quick and easy way to introduce yourselves to the power of essential oils. Not only will you discover an all natural alternative to healing, but you will discover a community of people who are always open to help you discover new and exciting ways to be well. Live, Love, and Grow Roots!