One very simple, convenient, and health supportive way to bring ourselves into balance amid the challenges of the holiday season and descent into winter is to incorporate essential oils— and in particular, diffusing essential oils, into your home.
Essential oils are composed of some of the finest medicinal molecules you could get your hands on. Distilled, extracted, or cold pressed from plants, flowers, herbs, and trees, these powerhouse oils can be diffused and inhaled aromatically, used topically on the skin, or in some cases ingested for mental, emotional, and immune support.
For starters, let’s just explore why diffusing is often a much more health promoting choice than burning those department store candles. As a former candle junkie, I get it; they are exotic, expensive, and can be hard to resist, but if we are trying to maintain a conscious relationship with the environment and our bodies, we know better! Candles can be full of harmful chemicals and artificial ingredients that have no place in the home. Why? The chemicals included in the composition of the synthetic fragrance in scented candles don’t have to be revealed. Fragrance secrecy is legal due to a convenient loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, which exempts companies from listing their proprietary fragrance ingredients and, functioning to keep the public in the dark. When you turn over a label and see fragrance, what you can almost guarantee that includes is: neurotoxins, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, DNA mutagens, allergens, hepatoxins and reproductive toxins all hidden under the simple ingredient label “fragrance.”
These seasonal diffuser blends are sweet, warm ,and grounding and will smell way better than your department store candle!
- 4 Stress Away (Young Living proprietary blend)
- 3 Cinnamon Bark
- 3 Nutmeg
- 4 Orange
- 3 Thieves (Young Living proprietary blend)
- 3 Nutmeg
- 4 Northern Lights Black Spruce
- 2 Pine
- 2 Ravintsara
- 2 Sacred Sandalwood
- 4 Frankincense
- 3 Lavender
- 2 Orange
- 3 Clove
- 3 Christmas Spirit (Young Living proprietary blend)
- 2 Lemon
- 2 Vanilla
But wait, there’s more. Here’s the coolest part: not only can we create the most incredible smelling home with all the reminiscent scents of baked goods, warm spiced smells, and fresh crisp outdoor woodsy aromas…but get this: when we diffuse, in a matter of minutes, tiny aromatic plant molecules are dispersed into particle mist in the air and dispersed throughout your home to shift your emotional state.
Pure, therapeutic, seed to seal guaranteed oils (Young Living recommended here) have the highest known frequency of any natural substance known to man. THE HIGHEST FREQUENCY! They can cross the blood brain barrier so they reach us on a cellular level in a matter of minutes. So when you inhale an essential oil, with that high frequency, and incredible smell, you are activating the part of your brain that linked to memory and emotion.
You can see now why our sense of smell is arguably one of our most potent senses and how when we bring delicious smelling fall and winter oil blends into the home we can also be taking charge of our emotional lives! So think of essential oils as your best friends this winter. Pure and potent, not to mention incredible smelling, aromatic oils create a home environment that supports limbic brain happiness.
Tierney is a mother, a mental health practitioner who holds a Licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey, Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Ayurvedic Health Consultant and Wellness Educator, and Certified Aroma Freedom Technique practitioner. She is a passionate wellness consultant and educator on all things oils and non toxic living and when she’s not teaching or supporting her community she’s baking vegan treats or simply running amok with her son! Find her on IG @thisgreenmama , and check out her link to explore the endless possibilities of Young Living essential oils!