Pure therapeutic essential oils are amazing. They’re not only healing for the body, mind and soul – they can also make the house smell delicious without using the toxic chemical plug-ins, scented candles or spray air fresheners on the market today – many of which are hormone disruptors and carcinogenic. All essential oils’ are NOT created equal either, you must do research and make sure you’re buying a pure oil and not one of the many claiming to be pure. Some pure oils can be pricey, but they’re worth the cost for your health – and they usually last a long time. As for the scents, they come in many different kinds. Some oils can be mixed and matched together, while others are best used alone. I have a nice little cool mist diffuser that lights up in soft colors. I also have two small ceramic candle diffusers on my fireplace mantle [pictured] that I light daily; I use soy tea candles. To counter the stresses of todays world I usually put a few drops of Ylang Ylang in the diffuser every morning. Ylang Ylang is a delicate flower essence that is used for centering, calm and peace – it smells soft and delicate. I also love to diffuse pure oils for the season, like cinnamon, allspice or anise in the autumn, frankincense, myrrh or peppermint for the Christmas season. There are also blends of oils for specific ailments or for just how great they smell. I like to mix vanilla absolute and a little sweet orange together for a creamy sweet aroma. Reminds me of the Creamsicle Pops I loved as a kid. Coconut is another favorite of mine, reminds me of the beach. Besides diffusing oils I also mix a few drops with a carrier oil like almond to make a soft smelling body butter. Vanilla works nicely for this as well. You can mix a few drops of oil right into your shampoo and conditioner too. There are moms using essential oils for their babies and children today. The key for me is to always err on the side of caution with anything involving our children and our health. I extensively research everything before I use it and when it comes to essential oils I use just a few drops to be safe, I dilute and dilute again. Some use oils for their pets. Beware that some oils can be toxic to pets, such as tea tree oil…always research an oil before using it to be safe. Be aware that anything can cause an allergic reaction – and if you’re allergic to for example roses you will likely be allergic to rose oil. I don’t care for how musky smelling oils make me feel, so I avoid patchouli and others. Some people ingest essential oils for different health conditions. I personally would leave that up to a professional aromatherapist or holistic practitioner and NOT try it myself. As far as making your home smell nice I believe pure essential oils are the way to go. Here’s a link on how to use essential oils safely. http://www.learningabouteos.com/index.php/2013/08/05/using-essential-oils-safely-cheat-sheet/
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