Diffusing oils is one of the little luxuries of daily life in our family and adds an element of calm to a busy home. If you do nothing else with oils, I recommend diffusing them.
Diffusing essential oils can trigger memories and moods and eliminate unpleasant odours. Scents can have a powerful impact on us and diffusing essential oils is a beautiful, luxurious way to slow down and allow ourselves to be grounded in the moment.
So much of life and parenting is spent rushing from one task to the next, but consciously and consistently diffusing quality essential oils gently forces us to slow down and savour the little things.
So what to do when you can’t invest in extra diffusers but you want to enjoy the benefits of oils in every room of the home?
Turn everyday items into diffusers. Here are some of my favourites.
Place around the home or as a table centrepiece as beautiful natural diffusers that will easily complement your other decor. add more oil as the scent weakens.
Place a drop of your favourite essential oil onto a piece of jewellery that is porous. This is a great way to wear essential oils without applying them to the skin.
While most essential oils can be applied topically when diluted, you do need to be mindful of any sensitivities that may arise.
Citrus oils can increase skin sensitivity to ultraviolet light, so adding your favourite citrus oils to a piece of jewellery is a great way to enjoy the benefits while avoiding the risk of irritation.
1 cup baking soda (bicarbonate soda)
1/2 cup corn flour
3/4 cup of warm water
20 drops essential oil (we used Young Living’s Christmas Spirit)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Mix dry ingredients in a cooking pot, and add the water. Stir over medium heat while the mixture bubbles and thickens. Continue stirring as mixture pulls away from the sides of the pot and becomes similar in consistency to thick cake frosting. Remove the pot from the heat, and allow the dough to cool until it’s comfortable to handle. Turn your dough onto the bench or a silicone mat, add essential oil and knead it into a smooth, supple ball of dough.
Roll your dough out to about 1/4 inch thick, and use cookie cutters to cut out your ornaments.
Make a hole in each ornament with a drinking straw, so you’ll be able to thread a cord through for hanging.
If desired, gently press your beads and jewels into your ornaments.
Transfer your ornaments to a cooling rack and allow them to dry fully. It is best to let them dry over night at room temperature to minimise cracking.
When they’re completely dry, thread some ribbon or cord through the holes in your ornaments, and hang them on your Christmas tree.
You can place a drop of lavender onto your child’s hanging mobile or place some on a hankie and tie it to the curtain rod.
Literally, your hair can be a diffuser. Just add a drop or two to your hands, rub together and run through the ends of your hair.
Try oils such as cedarwood, lavender, rosemary, juniper and geranium, which all have hair health benefits.
Want the rest support of essential oils, but don’t like the white noise of a diffuser? add a drop to your pillow case or make up a spritzer.
When refreshing the toilet roll, add a drop of essential oil inside the tube to create a quick and easy free diffuser.