The Benefits of Using an Essential Oil Inhaler
One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is with a personal inhaler. There are inexpensive plastic ones, aluminum with glass inserts and the easy DIY method with a cotton ball in a bottle. Personal inhalers are an effective way to carry your essential oils in a safe and portable way. They also contain the aroma of the oils to be used individually, anytime that you need them, without affecting others in the room. Sometimes running a diffuser isn’t practical or advised, such as when small children or pets are present or in a public or communal space. A personal inhaler is a great alternative to room air diffusion. They are also an economical way to use essential oils because the approximate 15 drops of essential oils in a personal inhaler can last for about three months.
An inhaler is good to use when your goal is to support emotional well-being, relieve stress, encourage restful sleep, boost concentration and focus, as well as to promote respiratory health. When using essential oils to address an issue that is not related to the skin, joints or muscles, inhalation is the most effective mode of application. Inhalation of essential oils into the nasal cavity allows the aromatic molecules to directly affect the limbic system, they are also absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs.
When I make a personal inhaler I like to use just a few oils in order to keep from muddling the scents. I choose oils that I think will work together for a desired result. When making an inhaler for children I will use fewer total drops of essential oils (usually about 10 total drops) on the cotton wick. A personal inhaler is easy to use, just remove the cover and hold the end with holes in it to one nostril, press the other nostril closed and inhale through your nose. Repeat this on the other side. You may use a personal inhaler as needed throughout the day.
For a great visual tutorial you can watch Andrea Butje from Aromahead create an inhaler www.youtube.com/watch?v=twXKKkjiLnQ
For more information on why inhalers work so well you can read the following http://www.usingeossafely.com/inhaling-essential-oils-why-you-should-when-and-how/
Hi Everyone, Here are a few articles that I think might be helpful to highlight some of the concepts that we discussed in class last week. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions that I can help you with. I hope you are all getting good results from the inhalers and blends that you created. I would love to hear how they are working for you.
Essential Oils and Seasonal Affective Disorder
This one restates many of the safety concepts that we have discussed in class and includes links for further reading.
Essential Oils: Where to Start?
Best wishes for a happy holiday season. Kay
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Body Butters and Balms class, we are so happy that we had enough supplies for all twenty of you! I wanted to to make a follow up post here on our website because a number of people had questions about supplies and what we used in the class. It took me a while to find some of these things so I am sharing them here to save you some searching! All the Amazon.com links below are affiliate links, so if you follow them and buy something we will receive a small fee.
I have bought my carrier oils at Mountain Rose Herbs in the past, and they have great oils, but they are pricier and you have to pay for shipping. Of course you can get some oils like coconut oil and sunflower oil at the grocery store, just make sure that you are looking for cold pressed, unrefined oils because they have the best benefits for your skin. I’ve been buying more from Amazon because I can get large amounts, and because it’s the easiest source rather than driving all over to compare prices and whatnot.
This is my favorite coconut oil so far and this shea butter is great too, I like that they are both organic since I’m trying to be as natural as possible. Here is the Vitamin E oil that we used, remember that Vitamin E oil is an antioxidant and so it helps extend the shelf life of carrier oils, but it is not a preservative. And this is the arrowroot powder that helps to counteract the potential greasiness of the body butter bar.
When I first started making the body butter bars I searched long and hard (and bought a few molds that just didn’t work) but I finally found these molds which fit perfectly in these 2oz tins. There are lots of options for lip balm tubes but I like these ones and I just ordered the full lip balm kit, I will let you all know how I like it once it arrives! The syringe that I used is this 150ml one.
So, I think that covers all the various supplies we used in the class. And obviously you don’t need to use these exact ones. To get started you can pour lip balm right into a small container and apply with your finger and any mold and container can work for the body butter bars. These are just the things I have found that help the process go easier and more smoothly.
Good luck creating!
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In April 2017 I took a leap of faith. I quit my job. One day, as I was walking into the building where I had worked off and on for 17 years, I looked up at the clear blue sky and I got the message. It was time for a change. I vowed to give more energy and focus to pursuing my wish to be a practicing aromatherapist. Now, some of my friends and work mates may have thought that I had lost my mind, but those who know me best and matter the most, didn’t blink. And so, I gave my notice to my astonished supervisor and in the first week of May I began laying the ground work for Blue Skye Wellness, LLC.
I think my story isn’t all that unique. Many currently practicing aromatherapists started off with a simple question. How can essential oils help me? It really all started when my daughter and I decided to purge our homes of harsh household cleaners and toxic personal care products. Many of the do it yourself recipes that we were finding called for essential oils. I had some old bottles hanging around and as we were deciding that we should probably buy some new ones, we received an invitation from a friend to join her for a get together to learn about essential oils. How convenient. She had recently signed up with an essential oil company and was excited to share information about what essential oils can do.
We were so enamored with the array of oils and the different uses for them that we bought a starter kit and diffuser that night. We jumped right into creating products to use. My daughter was really drawn to the creative side of formulating products like scented soaps and skin care products using essential oils. We were continually researching the different characteristics and uses of the various essential oils that were available. As with any of my new interests, I started reading as much as I could regarding the health promoting properties of essential oils and how we could incorporate them into daily use. My library was growing and increasingly I found myself asking more complex questions and receiving conflicting answers. In researching the use of specific oils for our purposes I realized that much of the information contained on social media platforms was lacking in the area of safe practices. What was most astounding to me was the realization that the essential oil company that we first started with was promoting the therapeutic properties of essential oils while creating distance from the discipline that has essential oils at its heart, Aromatherapy.
Meanwhile, back at work I was seeing patients that I believed could be helped with Aromatherapy. I started looking for an Aromatherapy certification course that I could learn from at my own pace in order to have the education and knowledge to use essential oils with the mostly geriatric population that I worked with. I chose Heart of Herbs Herbal School for their online presence and Demetria Clark’s philosophy about Aromatherapy certification. The director of the program where I worked was supportive of my interest in learning more about the use of Aromatherapy with our patients and he approved the use of professional development funds to pay for my course. Later, he again approved funds to cover another course on the clinical applications of essential oils. Thus the foundation of my Aromatherapy education was begun. And now, after committing myself to many late nights and hundreds of hours of studying I can proudly proclaim that I am a clinical Aromatherapist.
I have discovered a new vocation and am driven to share the knowledge that I have gained regarding the tenets of Aromatherapy and the use of aromatic essential oils for their therapeutic properties. Safety and good standard practice are at the cornerstone of what I strive to share with people. I am developing a series of classes designed to teach people how to safely incorporate essential oils into their health and wellness routines. I meet with people to consult with them regarding their choices for essential oils to support their own options for healing and I am working out the details of how to effectively provide Aromatherapy services to the geriatric population that I now work with on a part time basis. Each week and every day I do something to move my practice forward. Back in April I took a leap of faith and despite panicky moments of self-doubt, I believe it was the right thing for me to do.
Erin and I had so much fun teaching this class tonight. It was really a terrific feeling to share the knowledge that we have gained. I am thankful for all of the thoughtful questions and enthusiasm for the subject. I can’t wait for the next class and have to get busy planning more.