THE POWER OF AROMATHERAPY: How Essential Oils Work and How To Choose The Best Ones
Updated: Apr 29
How To Choose The Best Essential Oils There are many benefits to essential oils, but used improperly, can actually pose a threat to your body. Oftentimes, certain essential oil brands and non organic essential oils are full of synthetics and can contain harmful GMOs, pesticides, and synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. When buying essential oils, be sure to look for these three things:
1. Certified USDA organic 2. 100 percent pure therapeutic grade 3. Indigenously sourced Essential Oils For The Whole Family Some of my favorite essential oil blends are the ones I use for our kiddos. Our son Kai notices the effects of his oils, as do I- especially when it's time to settle down and go to sleep. As a mama, I love the positive affect something so natural can have on my children. I specifically love our Organic Aromas Raindrop Nebulizing Diffuser. Continue reading to find out why.
Below are just a couple blends we diffuse often: Cold and Flu Season: Lemon Frankincense Tea Tree Sleepy Time: Lavender- (proven through medical science) Roman chamomile Cedarwood Digestion Help: Peppermint Ginger During Labor: (not pregnancy): Clary Sage- see more HERE.- ModernAlternativePregnancy.com Load of Laundry: Lavender- I pour a couple drops when I do a load of laundry to make our sheets and clothes smell so fresh and so clean clean. ; ) ***say NO to synthetic and toxic laundry detergents and softeners! Let's Concentrate: Vetiver- research shows to improve ADHD, can be used to help Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Cedarwood- improves focus, has anti-inflammatory properties. See More HERE. Frankincense- helps with brain inflammation and emotional well being, boosts immunity, and was most used oil in Biblical times. Basil- promotes alertness and helps ease anxiety. Wild Orange- used to treat anxiety and fear (related to pre surgery)- CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO See Vanderbilt Study On Using Essential Oils
For a great resource regarding safe practices with essential oils, among other natural and effective remedies, I like to refer to Mommypotamus. CLICK HERE FOR ORGANIC AROMAS ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND ***It's important to remember not to go overboard with the use of essential oils, especially with children. They must be used appropriately and only when needed. I do not use them everyday for the kids and choose safe oils when I do use them. Not ALL essential oils are safe for kids. When in doubt, speak to a professional or a qualified aromatherapist.
Essential Oils For Everything I'm a firm believer in essential oils and their powerful benefits. I discovered them a few years ago but started educating myself in the recent years. They've become part of our daily routine whether it's for household cleaning products, using them topically, treating various ailments like colds, aches, restlessness, and even teething pain. We also diffuse them daily in different rooms in our home to create a sense of calm, revitalization, or to enhance a particular mood. Because of my beliefs in the vast benefits and healing properties of essential oils, I sought out to find the best of the best in aromatherapy.
What is Aromatherapy? "Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine practice utilizing fragrant/aromatic essential oils that are derived from a wide variety of healing plants. When inhaled or applied to the skin, therapeutic-grade essential oils (also sometimes called volatile oils) have been shown to help people overcome various health problems without the need for medications." - Dr. Axe In my search, I came across Organic Aromas. They have created the most beautiful nebulizing diffusers which do not use heat or water; thus, perfectly maintaining the organic, therapeutic properties of their essential oils. The best part is, these eco-friendly and elegant diffusers are made from glass and handcrafted hardwood to create a product unlike any other of its kind. The Raindrop Nebulizing Diffuser looks gorgeous in any room and is the easiest and most hassle free diffuser I've ever used and owned. NO WATER = NO MESS. I don't have to worry about water damage on our wood tables or having any spills. It also does not make any noise, unlike most diffusers I have seen.
The Difference Between a Diffuser and a Nebulizing Diffuser The real difference is there is no heat or water used, as mentioned earlier, and glass is used instead of plastic. (This is a WIN-WIN in our household as we continue to become more consciously aware of using eco-minded products). This is important because the essential oil is not diluted or impaired, maintains it's integrity without the use of heat, will not off-gas, and is completely non-toxic, unlike it's competitors who are made of BPA containing plastics. UTLRASONIC DIFFUSERS: "They use water to carry the essential oils into the air. Not only can the oils eventually damage the plastic diffuser, but the water means that your home is filled with added humidity! Also, the scent emitted is weaker because it is diluted by water." OIL LAMPS: "They are messy and dangerous, working almost like a kerosene lamp that burns flammable chemicals and completely changes their molecular makeup. Sure, it smells nice, but that’s about it. And it’s far more dangerous."
CANDLE DIFFUSERS: "They work similarly, and are the more common option used today. But they still use heat, which means that your essential oils are diminished in quality thanks to the burning that causes changes in the oil on a molecular level." AROMA HEATERS: "They use heating elements to gradually evaporate a mixture of oil and/or water. It works, but is far less effective, works for a shorter period and creates a weaker aroma." DID YOU KNOW... HOW ESSENTIAL OILS WORK: Plants contain certain beneficial chemicals as a means of protecting themselves, including to ward off insects or rodents, and to defend themselves from bacteria or viruses. The active ingredients within the oils are taken directly from high yields of medicinal plants or herbs through a process known as distillation, then mixed with alcohol to preserve their strength. The finished result is a very concentrated oily formula that can be mixed with other substances. Because they’re very strong, essential oils used in aromatherapy practices are usually combined with a carrier oil, such as almond, jojoba or coconut oil, before being applied directly to the skin. I love using coconut oil and making a small blend using a roller for quick and easy application. I hope you've found this article helpful! Comment below with some of your favorite blends and share the wealth and knowledge of essential oils and aromatherapy.