Self-care is part of your wellness. And the brilliant thing is there are hundreds of different ways to practise it. Complementary therapies can be a great way to improve your self-care. An easy one you can try at home is aromatherapy using oil diffusers.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for therapy, and has been used for centuries to promote overall wellbeing. When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel straight to the brain, especially the emotional centre of the brain.
Using aromatherapy can energise you, encourage you to relax, clear your head, soothe tension, and help to decrease stress, depending on which oils you use.
Essential Oil Diffusion is dispersing essential oils so that their aroma fills a room or an area with the natural fragrance. There are a few different devices for this:
A Nebulising Diffuser
This breaks down the essential oil into tiny particles through the use of a high speed, pressurised air jet. When the essential oil is released from the diffuser, it goes into the air in a fine mist without the use of heat or water. This tends to be on the pricier side than other diffusers, but it uses just pure oil.
An Ultrasonic Diffuser
This uses a small amount of water and electronic frequencies, to create a vapour from the essential oil without using heat. Ultrasonic vibrations break the essential oil up into tiny micro-particles, which diffuse out into a fine mist. This has little or no noise. The oil is a little diluted, giving a lighter effect.
A Heat Diffuser
This heats the oil, either electrically or with a candle. It then gradually evaporates into the air. Sometimes the oil is mixed with water. Some heat diffusers use very high levels of heat to cause a stronger aroma. Avoid these, as they can drastically change the chemical make-up of the oils. The best heat diffusers use a very low heat (such as a candle) to give a milder, longer lasting aroma.
An Evaporative Diffuser
This uses air flow from a fan to spread the scent of the essential oils. The air flows through a filter, like a tissue or a pad that has essential oils dropped onto it. The oil evaporates quickly. Then the air with the evaporated oil is blown into and around the room. When you use an evaporative essential oil diffuser, you will get the oil in segments: the lighter essential oil components, such as Forever Essential Lemon or Peppermint oil evaporate first. The heavier elements, like those Forever Essential Defense Oil evaporate last.
All these essential oils are available here:
And you can read more about each of them here: