Fall in Love with this Autumn Diffuser Blend

Fall in Love with this Autumn Diffuser Blend

Fall in Love with this Autumn Diffuser Blend

This autumn diffuser blend will get you ready for family times, sharing food, laughter, love, and fun. The smells of autumn bring back memories of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and oranges. Autumn also brings a change in the weather. Don’t let the thought of being stuck inside bother you. Enjoy the delicious aromas reminiscent of home cooked goodies to raise your spirits.  Welcome your family and friends into your home with this delightful diffuser blend.

DIFFUSER BLEND RECIPE

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Fall in Love with this Autumn Diffuser Blend

Follow the directions for the amount of water for your specific essential oil diffuser.

Add the following:

  • 3 drops of Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops of Clove Bud
  • 4 drops of Sweet Orange
  • 1 drop of Nutmeg

(Adjust your blend to your room size, you may need a little more or less. It is easy to customize to your own preferences.)

STOCK BLEND

You can add the drops directly to your diffuser or make a stock blend. A stock blend is very convenient for on-going usage. To make a stock blend you simply use an empty, dark glass bottle with a dropper top. You can make a lot or a little. Multiply the number of drops in the single application by ten for easy math. If this seems like too much, just make the amount you think you will use in your home.

I recommend using the single size recipe first to make sure you are happy with the aroma. You can tweak the recipe to your personal preference.

You can make a similar blend by changing it up a bit. I love the addition of the Balsam Fir.

ALTERNATE RECIPE

A Stroll Through the Woods

Fall in Love with this Autumn Diffuser BlendFor a more wintery blend, try this combo:

  • 2 drops of Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drops of Clove Bud
  • 3 drops of Sweet Orange
  • 4 drops of Balsam Fir

Use as directed above


ABOUT THE ESSENTIAL OILS

  1. Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum*) – A strong natural antibacterial essential oil. It brings warmth and is energizing. It is a rich aldehyde essential oil.
  2. Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata*) – Has an uplifting aroma and is a phenol rich essential oil.
  3. Orange (Sweet) – (Citrus sinensis*) – It cleanses the air and offers an uplifting fresh aroma. This is a very rich monoterpene essential oil.
  4. Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans*) – This essential oil has a reputation for being a digestive tonic and stimulant. It is a monoterpene rich essential oil.
  5. Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea*) – It offers a fresh, clean aroma and is great for a healthy nasal function. This is a monoterpene rich oil.

* Denotes Latin name of essential oil

Please check our Reference page for suggestions of places you can purchase essential oils. The companies listed on this page offer GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) reports or similar reports for you to look at. This is a way to feel assured your essential oils are not adulterated. As a Certified Aromatherapist, these companies are where I purchase my oils. The old saying, trust but verify, is REALLY important when it comes to essential oils. Make sure you get what you are paying for.

(I am an affiliate of some of the companies listed on the Reference page – any small amount of money received from these companies helps offset this site.)

Uplifting and Relaxing Diffuser Blend

This is one of my favorite diffuser blends. It is an uplifting, energizing, balancing, and relaxing diffuser blend. You can mix up a blend that you can then easily make several diffuser sessions from. Just use a few drops of this blend in your diffuser. You can add more if your room size requires more.

Uplifting, Energizing, Balancing and Relaxing Diffuser Blend

Diffuser Recipe

In a one ounce dropper bottle:

  • 5 ml of Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon)
  • 2 ½ ml of Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonoum roseum X asperum)
  • 2 ½ ml. of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata) 

(You may reduce this. I like it in this ratio but it may be a bit strong for your taste, if so, decrease the Ylang Ylang as it is potent.)

Gently swirl around to combine your oils.

To purchase essential oils, please visit our resources page. The companies listed are companies I use and trust. They all offer exceptional information and they supply to professional aromatherapists. If you choose to purchase your oils from these companies, I may receive a small commission to help cover some of the costs of maintaining this website. Wherever you choose to purchase your oils, please refer to our Oil Safety – Quality of Essential Oils section. Safety should always be first.

Directions

Add water to your electric diffuser. Add a few drops of your blend to it. Adjust the number of drops by your room size and preference. I really LOVE this blend! Enjoy!

A Bit About These Oils

Lemon – uplifting with a fresh smell and may help reduce tension and depression. This is a top note essential oil.

Geranium –  this is a “make you feel good oil” from an emotional standpoint. It is uplifting and helps reduce anxiety. This is a middle note essential oil.

Ylang Ylang – I absolutely LOVE this essential oil. I find it very relaxing. It has a reputation of being an essential oil that can slow a rapid heartbeat.  It’s great for calming the mind and reducing anxiety and depression. Ylang Ylang is my happy oil. This is a middle/base note essential oil.

Smell each of these oils prior to making your diffuser blend. See how you react to each of them. I feel this combo is wonderful and it makes be happy. Each person has their own preferences. Just make sure you like all the oils before you make the full recipe. Once you are sure you love the oil combination go ahead and make your full recipe. It is just a matter of placing a few drops into your diffuser’s water to enjoy anytime.

The combination of these oils are a great mix of all three essential oil notes. It is a very balanced combination of incredible smelling essential oils I think you will truly enjoy.

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Should You Use Essential Oils Internally?

Should You Use Essential Oils Internally?

There is a lot of buzz about using essential oils internally. Frankly it scares me. Essential oils are very powerful. Without proper usage they can have major consequences. The answer is mostly a no with specific and very important caveats. This method should ONLY be used when advised by a professional trained at an appropriate clinical level. This does not mean, someone who sells oils who’s knowledge is from hearsay or their up-lines. This is VERY serious business.

Should You Use Essential Oils Internally?

The benefits of using essential oils properly is HUGE. I use them on a very regular basis and find they have done great things for my family. I hope that you will be open to learning the proper way to use essential oils. Remember not everything on the Internet is true.

The well-respected, Robert Tisserand, who is the author of the second edition of Essential Oil Safety, says using essential oils can be a case of concern. “With oral administration there is greater risk of overdose, of gastric irritation, and of interactions with medications. Therefore only practitioners who are qualified to diagnose, trained to weigh risks against benefits, and have a knowledge of essential oil pharmacology should prescribe essential oils for oral administration.”

I have been doing some real soul searching about the way essential oils are sold. There seems to be a new company popping up every day. They all claim to have the best of the best but that doesn’t mean they really have a product you can trust. There are no industry standards for who can sell essential oils. It is therefore difficult to find properly trained essential oil sales people. I think most of the people who are involved in selling essential oils have their hearts in the right place.  I don’t believe enough salespeople understand how essential oils can impact the health of an individual when not used properly. Consideration must be taken to use them properly. Anything used on your body can be affected by several factors including allergies, health conditions, and age.

One essential oil, Tea Tree or a/k/a Melaleuca is often qualified as an essential oil that can be used orally. The Mayo Clinic states, “Avoid taking by mouth in people of all ages, due to possible nervous system toxicity, skin allergic reactions, decrease in white blood cells, and stomach and intestine complaints”. They do say that applied to the skin in a recommended dosage is likely safe. Using essential oil topically and diluted at the proper dilution rates or using the essential oils aromatically via an inhaler or a diffuser will be a much safer way to get great results.

Should You Use Essential Oils Internally?Using essential oils internally can lead to potential problems over the long term. The potency of an essential oil is far greater than the use of herbs. As an example, in an article written by Joseph Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. for Backwoods Home Magazine, it states that it takes five pounds of peppermint leaves to make one ounce of peppermint essential oil. It further states that the FDA only requires ten percent essential oil in a bottle to be marketed as a pure essential oil. This shows two things, the incredible potency of a drop of a truly pure essential oil and also a big red flag. If companies can market their essential oil as “pure” with as little as ten percent true purity, what exactly are you purchasing? I am not comfortable with this. This is a great example of why you should request seeing a GC/MS report on every essential oil you purchase. A GC/MS report (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) gives the chemical components in a specific batch of essential oils and shows whether they are pure or if they have added synthetic chemicals or other additives in them.

In addition to this, using essential oils internally is a practice that is widespread in the sales of essential oils. Stop and think about who you are buying your oils from. Are they qualified to recommend you ingest such a potent substance? When I first started using essential oils, I read and listened to information from various sources. Typically, sales people are well-intentioned; they don’t realize the repercussions of internal use.

In the beginning of my journey into the essential oil world, I purchased gel and vegetable capsules to start using the essential oils internally but something in my gut just made be stop and ponder whether this really made any sense. I never managed to convince myself it was a good idea. You may have been using the essential oils this way and may not have experienced any problems to date. Long term use may become a different story. Smokers were told cigarettes would not harm them, even the doctors smoked. It wasn’t until years later that widespread problems arose and many deaths resulted. I am not comfortable with taking this kind of risk.

So What Should You Do?

  • Do not rely on information from sales people with fancy titles, Health Advocates, Associates, etc.
  • Do not trust that every company who advertises their products are “pure” are truly pure; remember they only need 10% of the essential oil to say it is PURE
  • Beware of companies that will not give you easy access to batch specific GC/MS reports
  • If you choose to use essential oils internally, only do so under the guidance of a practitioner with your state’s approval to prescribe them. They would be the only ones who have the knowledge to weigh the benefits against the risks. You are dealing with incredible and potent substances and they should be used appropriately.

I am an avid user of essential oils and have seen how they can offer benefits quickly and effectively without the use of toxic chemicals. I have taken a path to gain a more in-depth knowledge of the proper way to use them.  I have chosen to be a certified aromatherapist. I know this is not for everyone and it is not a fast program but it is a very worthwhile endeavor. I chose to receive my education from the Aromahead Institute which is approved by the NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) and the AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists). I have enjoyed my education received from Aromahead’s Aromatherapy Certification Program. I will use this knowledge to to help others.

I know this article may upset some people, but, I cannot apologize for telling it like it is. Essential oils can deliver their incredible benefits in other ways. They can be used topically when DILUTED, inhaled in an easy to carry inhaler, in a bath properly dispersed with Epson salt, magnesium flakes, milk, etc. and in diffusers.  Note – Not every essential oil can be used in the same fashion as there are many factors to consider; age, health, essential oils properties, etc. Make sure you know how to safely use the essential oils.

I hope you will give some thought on how you are using your essential oils. Essential oils have much to offer when used appropriately with safety in mind.

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How to Select Quality Essential Oils

How to Select Quality Essential Oils

You may have been wondering about the incredible benefits of essential oils. The big dilemma is how to select quality essential oils. There are SO many companies now offering “pure” or “therapeutic grade” oils that most people don’t know where to begin. There are a few ways to help you make this decision a little easier.

How to Select Quality Essential Oils

Essential oils are derived from different parts of plants and are obtained by different processes with the distillation method being the most common. There are other methods that are also used such as pressing, solvent extraction, and CO2 extraction. The method used depends on the part of the plant the essential oil is coming from. It takes a GREAT deal of plant matter to produce the essential oil from the plants. The small amount of oil obtained from the total plant is why essential oils can seem pricey at first glance. Essential oils pack a punch and only a drop or two will give potent results.  Unfortunately, some companies are less than ethical and will add extenders which are not disclosed to the end user. These additives are generally not detected by the common user since they do not typically affect the smell or look of the oil. There is an upside of this problem. There are tests that can and should be conducted by distributors before their oils are brought to market.

What to Look For When Purchasing Quality Essential Oils

  1. Does the company openly supply a GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) report? I know this is a mouthful. It is simply a test that can validate if an essential oil has been adulterated and also gives the chemical breakdown of all the components that make up the essential oil. Some companies, when asked about the report, will say they test all their oils or they trust their supplier will meet their high standards or other similar ways to avoid providing this report to the end user. If this is the case with the company you may be purchasing from, it can be a sign that the oils are not up to the standards that command the price of the oil. This test must be done on every batch of essential oil since variations occur during each harvest of the plants. This is due to many environmental factors and various times of the year the plants are harvested. It is a costly test for the distributors and the price is passed on to the consumer but well worth the security of knowing your oils are unadulterated. Who wants to pay for a sub-par product?
  2. People are more aware of pesticides and chemicals in our everyday products. There is a widespread movement to seek pure products for our health. This is also very important when selecting quality essential oils that will be used. Seek companies that provide organically grown, certified organic, wildcrafted (harvested from wild grown plants and trees), and sustainable farming practices. After all, you want to use quality essential oils to minimize the chemical products that have flooded our supermarket shelves and may be putting our health at risk.
  3. Aromatherapists purchase their oils from sources that provide the highest standards of purity. This is another indication of quality when selecting a company to purchase your essential oils from.
  4. Look for essential oils that have the common name and the Latin name clearly stated on the bottle. There are several different variations of oils, such as Lavender and many others. There is only one way to know what type of Lavender you are purchasing and that is by looking at the Latin name. The various types of Lavender will possess differing characteristics and qualities. If you are in doubt as to the specific type you need, read the description offered by the distributor you are purchasing from. Often you can read the GC/MS report for the specific product or request a copy of the report before you purchase the oil. You can also consult a certified aromatherapist or go on line to read the general attributes of the specific essential oil using the Latin name.
  5. Check to see if the company offers the date of distillation and the estimated shelf life of the specific essential oil.
  6. Is the batch number given? This is important to know so you can match the batch to its specific GC/MS report. Remember, GC/MS reports are batch specific.
  7. Does the company state the acceptable application of the oil?
  8. Are the oils packaged in dark bottles? Have they been stored in a 60 – 65 degree atmosphere in a dark setting?

A Word of Caution

Essential oils are showing up all over the place. You can find them in stores, online, flea markets, and other places. If the price of an oil is very low, beware. A reader shared an experience of a purchase made at a flea market. An oil was purchased for $5 and seemed like a great bargain. The problem, it caused a severe reaction when applied to the skin. This is likely caused by an expired oil that was passed off on an trusting consumer.

Now What?

Once you have decided on a company you feel provides the quality you feel confident with, make sure to store your oils in a cool environment away from sunlight. Keep track of the distillation date, not the purchase date, to know when your oil is getting past its prime. Typically oils, depending on their make-up, last from one to several years. This information should be available to you when you purchase your oils.

I hope you find this information helpful in understanding how to obtain quality essential oils that you can confidently use in your home. Thank you so much for allowing me to share with you and feel free to share with others. I thank you for being a part of Blue Jean Mama. If you have any questions, please comment or send me an email.

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Do You Know the Truth About Essential Oils?

Do You Know the Truth About Essential Oils?


I am an essential oil junkie. I just love nature’s ability to promote natural health. What I don’t like is ALL the misinformation that surrounds the use of essential oils. Do you know the truth about essential oils? I find lack of information can actually be detrimental to what essential oils can provide in health benefits and may actually diminish their effectiveness.

Do You Know the Truth About Essential Oils

For anyone who is just starting to explore essential oils or who has been dabbling in their usage, this is an article to help you make intelligent choices for successful essential oil usage.

I have been an essential oil user for a few years now and I had been self-educating myself on their use. What I was finding was conflicting information. I wanted to take my knowledge to a higher level to explore the science behind essential oil usage. No, I am not a science nerd, but I do believe in facts to help understand and utilize nature’s extensive supply of natural remedies.

The essential oil distribution chain is something I find totally unacceptable. There are SO many companies now offering essential oils. There are some fantastic distributors who put the safe usage of their oils as their most valuable offering. The flip side of this are the companies that just push oils without an educated consultant knowing how they should be used. I started my venture into essential oils with a well-known company.  The company has a new consultant go through a super quick online training and then print out an official certificate from the company. I did this, but realized I did not know all about essential oils, far from it in fact.

This company encourages consultants to have parties, called sharing, as fast as possible. There is one lady on their video that boasts she made the highest level in the company in her first two months. This really gives me concern. How can a “newbie” know much about essential oils? It seems more important for these types of companies to get people on board as new blood. These new consultants get more people enrolling more consultants and selling oils. (This is known as MLM or Multi-Level Marketing).  I do not believe in getting other people to sell oils so I can make money. Starting out in the essential oil world, my goal was to use essential oils to better the lives of my family members. I wanted the best oils possible and felt with the advertising hype of, “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” essential oils, I had found an essential oil that was superior. I later learned that this term is merely an advertising gimmick trademarked to sound like this company has the only oils meeting these standards.

I moved to a different company which I used for about three years. I had been satisfied with the effectiveness of the oils and have promoted them to others. I know essential oils can do incredible things in our quest for a more natural lifestyle.

I continued to self-educate myself during the years and discovered more conflicting information than I was comfortable with.  I still wanted to know more. I decided to enroll in a scientific based program so I could know the “why” behind the effectiveness of essential oils. I have now completed this program and can now say I am a certified aromatherapist.  I have learned SO much and feel with this certification and continuing education, I will be much better informed and able to help many more people.

I am not saying everyone who wants to use essential oils should take certification classes, doing so, would be insane. There are a few things that will help you make a better decision to secure your essential oils from knowledgeable and honest sources.

How to Select a Quality Brand of Essential Oils

  • Look for essential oils that are certified organic or wild harvested and unadulterated.
  • See if the company offers a GC/MS report (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry). This is a report that shows the breakdown of all the components and their individual percentages in the essential oil and is batch specific. It can also show if the oil has been adulterated. You don’t have to know what the report means, unless you want to. The fact that the company is willing to make the report available shows they are willing to provide the information and feel their oils have nothing to hide. I, on the other hand, want to see the report. This will let me know what components are in the oil and therefore make a better judgement on its potential therapeutic qualities for better blending of essential oils for specific needs.
  • Look at the label on the essential oil bottle to see if it states the Latin name (Genus and species), country of origin, type of extraction (distillation, cold press, solvent or CO2) and when the batch was extracted.
  • Shelf life of individual oil – Yes, contrary to information circulating, essential oils do have a shelf life. Typically their life can be as little as one year or much longer. There are safety considerations regarding the life of an essential oil. You might notice a change in the smell, a cloudy appearance, or they may cause sensitization when applied to your skin. Keep track of the age of your oils. If they are getting old, use the oils to make some awesome cleaning products.
  • Make sure you purchase your oils from a company that offers more than a bottle of what you hope are unadulterated essential oils. Check out the company’s background.

Essential oils are amazing and natural ways to live a healthier life. They are extremely potent and, when used properly, will last a long time. Check out this article, Essential Oils – Creating Blends & Dilutions. You will be able to extend your oils by using less than you might think. Some companies promote using more oils than are necessary. Do it right and get wonderful and fast results with much less oil. It’s better for you and saves you money.

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The Quality of Essential Oils