Chances are, if you walk into my home (or you know, hug me), you’re going to get a whiff of an essential oil. In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of these wonderful oils and use them daily to create a happier, healthier home.
Using essential oils aromatically is an excellent, safe way to incorporate them into your home and you can do it for a number of different reasons:
- Clean the air
- Uplift moods
- Support the immune system
- Open airways
- Calm down crazy children (and spouses)
Plus they smell awesome and make your house smell like a citrus grove. Or lavender field. Or cinnamon stick. You get the picture.
My favorite way to use essential oils aromatically is with a diffuser. With a diffuser, I put a little bit of water (how much depends on the machine) in with a few drops of essential oil. I turn it on and bam! Whatever room my diffuser is sitting in fills with the scent (and benefits) of the essential oil(s) I’m diffusing.
I’ve got a diffuser that travels around my house and even one for the car that has a USB adapter that I can technically use inside (it made our yurt smell awesome when we went to the coast recently).
Also, I’m in love with my new diffuser necklaces, but they’re more of a one-person kind of thing. Unless you get reeeeeeeeally close to me.
Anywho, using essential oils aromatically = a really great way to create a happier, healthier home.
Essential Oil Diffuser Giveaway
Would you like a chance to win a diffuser to use in your home so you use essential oils aromatically? I’m giving away a ZAQ Noor diffuser!
I’ve got one of these sweet little diffusers sitting on my desk right now and I love it! It’s smaller than my other diffuser and I love having it going while I work (3 drops wild orange and 2 drops lavender at the moment).
Here’s what I love about it:
- Mid-size (saves space)
- Multi-color LED lights (that can I can turn off if I want)
- Energy efficient
- 4-hour run time
- Uses just a few drops of essential oils
This giveaway is in honor of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale! It has tons of resources to help you create a happier, healthier home. And this diffuser will help!
Everything included in the bundle would cost over $1240 to buy separately (including over $300 worth of bonuses). But you can get it all for just under $30.
Awesome, right! Have you gotten your bundle yet? The sale ends in just a few days.
How to enter
You can enter simply by using the handy widget below. There are four options to win the ZAQ Noor diffuser:
- Visit the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle site and leave a comment here telling me what resource(s) you’re most excited about
- Visit Shalom Mama on Facebook
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- Easy peasy entry – just hit enter!
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When I first started using essential oils, I got this great idea. What if, instead of deodorant, I just rubbed on a few drops of wild orange (because I love the smell) and call it good? Guess what happened?
It burned. A lot. Turns out, diluting it with some coconut oil would have actually made this a great idea.
You know what I was missing? A guide to show me how to use essential oils correctly. (At least I learned my lesson.)
I’m a huge fan of research and making informed decisions. And one of the best ways to do that, especially with essential oils, is with some good reference books (and maybe an online course or two).
Today I wanted to share a list of my top essential oil books and courses that you can use to further your essential oil knowledge. You know, so you don’t make the same mistakes I did.
- Modern Essentials (must-have): This is my go-to resource for using essential oils. You can get the hardcover or the mini spiral-bound version.
- Emotions and Essential Oils: If you haven’t explored the world of emotional healing with essential oils, I highly recommend this resource. It’s specific to doTERRA essential oils and has some great info for emotional healing.
- Aroma Heal: I highly recommend this book as a companion to Emotions and Essential Oils. The above tells you which oils to use for different emotional needs and Aroma Heal helps you put in into practice with simple energy healing techniques. (Plus it was written by one of my awesome doTERRA friends.)
- Everything Essential: Technically not a book, but an excellent (free) online resource for using essential oils.
- Simple Family Wellness: Ok, so I’m biased because I wrote this. But if you’re looking for a super-quick guide with some easy-to-use essential oil recipes, grab your free copy here.
If you’d like even more information on using essential oils in your home, take a look at some of these great courses (and one very special FREE summit).
Special Essential Oil Summit
The Essential Oils Revolution Summit: With more than 30 presentations about relevant evidence and practical advice from the experts, the Essential Oils Revolution will help you use essential oils effectively.
This event is the first-ever, online, non-branded (no oil brand wars!!!) event to include experts from every field, including aromatherapy, direct sales, medicine and research. Register here.
What are your favorite resources for using essential oils?
I love the imagery of kitchen witchery. The wise woman in the kitchen making those potions people come seeking out, crafting recipes that heal from the inside out, and dispensing the advice and remedies to help people help themselves – it’s all deliciously rich. Not to mention practical. (Practical Magic is one of my favorite books of all time for this)
When people come to my kitchen, I love to leave them with a little something special that just maybe they’ve never had before. Whether it’s a feeling or an unexpected flavor combination, you can give people this wonderful gift, too.
As a seasoned barista, one of my favorite everyday gifts to give to people is a phenomenal drink. Having flavored syrups around is one way to jazz up coffee, cocktails, and so much more. However, the syrups available on the market are rather passé. They are boring, loaded with artificial flavors, and are simply not something I’d want to serve someone I care about.
That’s why I started making my own.
Lavender Vanilla Simple Syrup
Bring the water to 180 degrees Fahrenheit in a medium-sized pot, and begin adding sugar one cupful at a time, stirring constantly. Keep water hot, but not boiling. When all sugar is added, slice one vanilla bean in half, and place both halves in the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour into a quart-size mason jar and seal. (You may water bath can, if you need shelf life.)
- Do NOT add more lavender before tasting the final product. I promise it is very potent with just four drops.
- The vodka is a preservative. You can leave it off if you’re refrigerating your syrup or hot water bath canning it.
See? Entertaining and gifting doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it.
Years ago I ran a handmade bath and body products business. What started out as an interest in essential oils quickly blossomed into soap making, hand and body lotions, salt scrubs, herbal baths, lip balms, herbal balms, facial steams, and so much more.
The list of things I tried and sold was quite long and I don’t even remember all of the products off the top of my head. Thankfully, if I go back to my soap making journal I can find that list as well as most of my recipes, trials, errors, and notes about each experiment.
It was through my soap-making journal I began to see the the value of journaling more than just my daily thoughts.
Early into that adventure, I was overwhelmed with all the options of things I could make. There were so many different ingredients and so many different combinations to try. The trying out of new recipes & formulating my own unique versions were the best parts of that business for me.
In the midst of the overwhelm I read somewhere (I wish I could remember & give credit) about the idea of journaling each experiment with ingredients used, quantity of each, the resulting textures, effectiveness etc.
These notes became invaluable as I learned more about my craft, what worked, what didn’t, and what to tweak in the recipe the next time to get my desired result.
I still have notes tracking back through the 23 different combinations of oils I tried, just to find my signature face cream and hand lotion recipe. That base recipe is the one I still use today years later.
Not long after that I started a journal of my cooking adventures and hiking trips.
In my cooking journal I started to have fun re-working some my favorite recipes and kept notes on what I changed, the date, how it worked & what to try next time.
My hiking books became journals of the dates I went on the hike, my personal rating what I liked about it, and how I felt during and after the hike.
In our journey for improved health there are so many options, ideas, suggestions and conflicting opinions out there that it can get overwhelming on where to start and what to try.
Pick 3 Things to Experiment With
My suggestion? Pick out 3 things you would like to try. For example:
- An essential oil bath
- Give a healthy makeover to a family favorite recipe
- Start a Couch to 5K running plan
For each experiment, document what you tried and what you learned. Did the recipe turn out? Did you like the combination of oils, did you feel great after your first day of running? With each experiment you will learn, grow in confidence, and be ready to try something new the next time.
Health Journal Tips
1) Get Organized
One thing I wish I had done better with in my soap journal is to keep a better separation of types of experiments. My lip balm tests are buried somewhere in between facial steams, carpet freshener and body butter. When I am in a hurry and I want to look at what I have tried already, it can get frustrating. I do have it broken out by soap and then bath & body… but some days that is not enough
2) Write. It. Down.
Trust me even when you are trying only 3 simple things. You will not remember in a week how many drops of essential oil you used or what new spice you tried. These types of notes are invaluable later on in your health journey. Plus it’s fun to go back through your notes and see just how far you have come.
3) Make It Fun
Your health journey should be something to look forward, not dreaded. Keep your journal notes in a great binder or a super cute journal that you can’t help but smile at when you see it. Find a way to look forward to documenting what you have learned.
4) Save Your Favorites
Once you find your favorite soap, lotion, essential oil or cooking recipes, treat them special. I usually type them out and put them in a sheet protector at the front of my notebook for easy reference. Even still… keep notes on what you do each time you make that recipe. As you continue to grow and learn you will find yourself tweaking ingredients and experimenting even more.
What experiments or recipes do you need to start documenting today?
Yesterday, I did a flash giveaway for an Essential Oil Trio of lavender, lemon and peppermint. And wow, that was fun! I love how enthusiastic everyone was and I wish I could send the set to everyone who entered.
Since I can’t do that, I can do the next best thing – have another flash giveaway! Just one more before the year (and Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle sale) is over.
So … what oils are included this time?
- 15 mL Melaleuca essential oil
- 15 mL Balance essential oil
- 15 mL On Guard essential oil
That’s $95 worth of essential oils that will help keep your family healthy all year long.
Why these oils?
These are some of the most-used oils in my house. They have so many uses and I love how quickly and effectively they work.
- Melaleuca: Also known as tea tree, this is one useful oil. It’s great in cleaners for its germ-busting abilities. Plus it’s wonderful for soothing the skin. It even offers healing benefits for certain ailments. I love melaleuca.
- On Guard: The protecting blend. This amazing blend works wonders at supporting the immune system. I use it daily to prevent illness.
- Balance: The grounding blend. I recommend this to everyone for stress relief. I apply it at least once a day.
And don’t forget – if you want to learn more about using essential oils in your own home, the Essential Oils and Natural Health ecourse (normally $95) is included in the Ultimate Healthy Living bundle, which ends tonight!
Everything included in the bundle would cost over $1000 to buy separately (including over $200 worth of healthy living bonuses). But you can get it all for just under $30 until midnight.
So please don’t wait if this is something you’ve been considering. It goes away tonight and won’t be coming back.
You can see everything in the bundle here.
How to enter
You can enter until midnight tonight simply by using the handy widget below. There are three options:
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