I love to smell all the smells. Jenna and I often find ourselves gravitating towards the candle aisle whenever we go to Target or really wherever has scented candles. We often will take turns smelling this one, having a reaction and either gesturing it towards the other to try it, or quickly putting the cover back on and putting it on the shelf and encouraging it not be tested. Once we find a scent that we both like, it comes home and there’s always that fear that it’s one of those candles where it smells amazing in the store, but soon as it’s lit, it’s so over-powering that it almost hurts to smell it. In those cases, we have a spot called the “Island of Misfit Candles”. That’s where we put all of those outcast candles that for one reason or another, are no longer desired.
Recently, I have been educating myself on the health benefits and general scent possibilities of essential oils. And just the other day, I got myself a brand spanking new oil diffuser courtesy of my mother-in-law. And this one is really neat too because it’s LED and glows in a myriad of colors, very neat. In case anyone happens to be in the Waverly, IA area, be sure to go like the facebook page for Hometown Market & Cafe, there is a big Spring craft and vendor show coming soon!
For those who may not be familiar, an essential oil is a natural oil that is created from a distillation process. This process allows for the purest of aromas and holistic qualities to be extracted. The flavor/scent options are nearly endless and the recipe combinations are equally limitless. Here are a few that I very much look forward to experimenting with.
First thing in the morning, some people reach for coffee, others for soda, but this may be a great, natural alternative to help pick you up before your day starts. 4 drops Wild Orange + 4 drops Peppermint
This one kind of reminds me of those warm summer days when you go and open up every window to let the breeze cut through and clear out your space. 3 drops Grapefruit + 3 drops Lavender + 2 drops Lemon + 2 drops Spearmint
As a kid, I really became a big fan of the smell of lemon-scented Pledge when cleaning was being done in the springtime, I can only imagine this would smell similar to that without the chemical cleanser smell of course. 3 drops Wild Orange + 3 drops Grapefruit + 2 drops Lemon + 2 drops Bergamont
Waking up to a stuffy nose and nasal pressure is never good, this should help clear your head quickly. The story goes that you should apply a drop or two to the bottom of your feet. 3 drops Peppermint + 3 drops Lavender + 3 drops Lemon
If you’re anything like me, you may have a hard time turning off your brain before bed. Aside from other techniques, hopefully this one in a diffuser next to your bed will do the trick. 3 drops Lavender + 3 drops Wild Orange + 3 drops Roman Chamomile
Certain smells are just ingrained into your brain to bring a smile to your face, this is very likely one of them. 3 drops Bergamot + 2 drops Geranium + 3 drops Lavender
Very similar to Silent Night, this is another blend meant to help you sleep. This one is slightly different in that it has the earthy overtone of Cedarwood, likely still good to help you get a good nights rest. 4 drops Cedarwood + 3 drops Lavender
Going into fall and winter, this very well could be a staple in place of that favorite holiday candle. 4 drops Wild Orange + 3 drops Cinnamon + 3 drops Ginger
There are a lot of companies out there that produce essential oils and I have researched a ton of them; read about their processes (when shared), read reviews and evaluated the pricing. Young Living has quickly become one of the larger and more well known distributors/manufacturers and is essentially a sell from home outfit, not terribly unlike Pampered Chef, Avon and Lia Sophia. These products are all fine and good, but I tend to lean more towards smaller outfits, the true home business, Mom and Pop type places.
Mountain Rose Herbs is a fantastic company, non-GMO certified, reasonably priced and they have a fantastic website, that’s a huge appeal for me personally.
Just today I placed an order through Plant Therapy, very good pricing, I think this is a great source for those wanting to get started and try it out, but don’t want to dump a ton of money into it without knowing for sure.
Please feel free to share your essential oil blend recipes or a website you trust buying from. Smell well out there!