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Survive Your Stress with Lavender and Mandarin Essential Oils

Survive Your Stress with Lavender and Mandarin Essential Oils

Stress is one of the most taxing burdens on the human body, having been linked to a plethora of psychosomatic illnesses, anxiety, depression, respiratory problems, and more – definitely not what you need in your daily life! Thanks to our increasingly busy schedules and ever-growing lists of obligations, we’re more susceptible than ever to the negative effects of stress, and even more in need of methods to keep it in check.

Used in healing for thousands of years, essential oils can help you restore and keep balance and clarity throughout trying times. Soothing, strengthening, and traditionally used to tame depression, anxiety, and insomnia, lavender and mandarin essential oils can be your best friends during a stressful time. Lavender oil calms breathing, relieves restless energy, and encourages sleep, while mandarin oil has been known to promote happiness, ease nervous tension, and bring clarity and peace to the mind. Both scents are helpful for treating headaches, migraines, and insomnia, calming restlessness, and improving mental function – exactly what you need during those stressful times.

Below are a few tips to maximize the benefits of these incredible oils. Let lavender and mandarin help you have a stress-free day.

Diffuse your oils

The easiest and most convenient way to reap the benefits of essential oils, diffusers scent your space while you work or sleep – so all you have to do is breathe. For a deep, relaxing sleep, add 25 drops of lavender oil to your diffuser. Consider switching to Mandarin to ready your mind for a productive day. You’ll have the best-smelling house in the whole neighborhood!

Relieve migraines

If stress makes you prone to migraines, try this time-tested remedy: blend a few drops of lavender essential oil with peppermint oil and apply to the temples. Using gentle pressure, rub your temples clockwise several times, then switch direction. (Remember: before applying essential oils directly on your skin, test on an area such as your forearm to make sure that you don’t have an allergic or adverse reaction.)

Banish stress-induced insomnia

Before bed, sprinkle your freshly-washed pillow with a few drops of lavender or mandarin oil. Breathe deeply – in through your nose and out through your mouth – as you drift into peaceful slumber.

Power your shower

Whether you’re in for a long day or a long night, boost the benefits of your daily shower with Plantlife’s essential oils. Adding a few drops of Lavender or Mandarin oil to the floor of your shower floor can turn your bathroom into makeshift spa, enveloping you in scented steam as the warm water hits. For ultimate relaxation, cover the drain with a washcloth as you breathe in the steam.

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Fact or Fiction: The Top 5 Aromatherapy Myths

Fact or Fiction: The Top 5 Aromatherapy Myths

Aromatherapy entails the use of essential oils to help alter, treat, or prevent certain mental or physical ailments or conditions. The practice of aromatherapy — the techniques which have been around for thousands of years — promotes the prevention and treatment of disorders or states of mind by leveraging the natural properties of essential oils through diffusion, topical application and sometimes ingestion. But practitioners of aromatherapy need to know all the facts in order to use essential oils safely and effectively; below are common myths that need to be dispelled.

Myth 1: Essential oils and scented (fragrance) oils do the same thing.
Essential oils are naturally extracted from different plants, such as basil, peppermint, and eucalyptus. Scented (fragrance) oils, however, are produced synthetically with chemicals for man-made products like air fresheners. Unlike essential oils, scented oils are not produced naturally and therefore do not have the same kinds of restorative properties (despite smelling nice).

Myth 2: Essential oils never go bad.
Some essential oils, like patchouli and sandalwood, do get better as they age, but others degrade as time goes on due to oxidation. Citrus oils are particularly susceptible to spoiling, so it’s best to use them within a year of purchase.

Myth 3: Essential oils can be ingested.
Although some oils can be ingested for positive benefits (such as alleviating indigestion), this is not the case for all essential oils, and ingesting some oils can actually be dangerous. Even when an oil can be ingested, it needs to be substantially diluted for safe consumption. Essential oils come from natural sources like plants and herbs, but they’re too potent to consume in this concentrated form. Proceed with caution as there is little science backing ingestion of essential oils and the side effects it has on the body.

Myth 4: Essential oils can be used in the bath.
This myth is partially true and partially false. Many essential oils can be used in the bath if they are first diluted, emulsified or in products like Plantlife’s Bath Salts. Simply pouring essential oils into bath water, however, will result in the oil sitting on top of the water — oil and water don’t mix!

Myth 5: Aromatherapy can cure illnesses.
Although proper use of aromatherapy techniques can help treat an illness or alleviate symptoms (in additional to bolstering ones mood and helping with relaxation and mindfulness), they cannot be said to cure any disease or ailment (according to the FDA). Be wary of any essential oil merchant who claims that aromatherapy can cure specific illnesses.

It’s important to be educated about aromatherapy best practices and to know the myths and the facts of aromatherapy before embarking on your journey. Safe, correct usage of aromatherapy techniques will ensure that you reap as many of the amazing benefits of essential oils as possible.

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A DEET-Free Solution for a Bite-Free Spring Break

A DEET-Free Solution for a Bite-Free Spring Break

DEET (or diethyltoluamide) is one of the most common active ingredients in bug sprays and insect repellents. However, DEET can be a major skin irritant and shouldn’t be used anywhere near cuts or abrasions; it can also lead to more severe symptoms like shortness of breath, headaches, and irritated eyes in some users. As the weather begins to warm up, opt for DEET-free products this spring and summer and avoid possible complications from this potentially toxic ingredient.

The Herbal Insect  products are 100 percent natural, so you don’t need to worry about toxicity or unhealthy side affects like with DEET insect repellents. Instead, these vegan-friendly repellents and balms are the answer for hot summer nights as well as exotic trips to warmer — and buggier — climates.

Deet Free Herbal Insect LineThe Herbal Insect line is comprised of four separate products (all DEET-free) that will help ward off unwanted pests. The Herbal Insect body oil is made from a blend of pant oils known for their natural insect repellent properties. Simply apply the oil to wet skin while in the shower and pat yourself dry afterwards; since your pores will already be open from the steam, this oil will be absorbed into your skin, protecting you from insects in a 100 percent natural way.

Similar to The Herbal Insect body oil is the essential oil blend , which can be used in a diffuser for a room or outdoor space; it can also be used in an oil burner or turned into a body spray or oil. Also, for a more traditional bug spray format, add the oil to your shampoo or body lotion to create a perfectly natural alternative.

Another option from The Herbal Insect line is insect-repelling soap: simply use this bar in the shower as you would any other soap as your first line of defense against pesky insects. Pair this product with the body or essential oil for even more thorough protection. Finally, if you’ve already succumbed to insect bites, The Herbal Insect repair balm is what you need: this product will instantly soothe itchy, irritated skin, helping you fast track your healing process in a healthy and natural way.

Combine all of these natural products together for maximum protection against bugs and insects. The Herbal Insect natural products are safe for frequent use, and the fresh, natural smell will have you forgetting why you ever used stinky bug repellents in the first place!

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Wake up and Smell the Peppermint Oil

Wake up and Smell the Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is an invigorating scent that almost everyone is familiar with. But what many don’t know is that this cool scent has additional uses as an essential oil that can be used topically, through diffusion, orally, or mixed with other essential oils for a variety of benefits.

Peppermint Essential OilOne of peppermint oil’s most notable properties is a cooling sensation that is felt when applied to the skin. As a result, you can mix peppermint oil with your a carrier oil and apply it to any sore areas for added relief; the fresh peppermint scent will also boost your energy while helping release tightened muscles and acting as a natural painkiller. Also, when applied topically, peppermint oil can act as a repellant for bugs, including mosquitos and ticks. Peppermint oil is perfect for summertime!

To apply peppermint oil topically, first add it to a common carrier oil, like olive oil or coconut oil. Before applying the mixture to a larger area, test it on a small part of your body for allergic or adverse reactions. Once you’ve tested the solution, you can use it all over or in targeted places on your body. Try applying peppermint oil in several different locations to experience all of the positive benefits of this multipurpose essential oil.

But peppermint oil isn’t just topical. When taken orally, it can help with digestion, relieve headaches, reduce muscle spasms in the colon, and, of course, help freshen bad breath. You may think that this is the reason why peppermint is often used in dental supplies, but its natural antiseptic properties also strengthen tooth and gum health.

Diffusion and inhalation of peppermint oil also has substantial benefits. Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can help clear the sinuses or offer temporary relief from sore throats as well as coughs and asthma. The scent of the oil can also eliminate hunger pangs and acts as a natural energizer.

In addition to using peppermint oil alone in the ways described above, it can also be mixed with other essential oils for different uses. This invigorating oil mixes well with lavender, lemon, rosemary and grapefruit oils, among others. Try various different combinations for fresh, exciting scents when diffusing. For example, blending peppermint oil with lavender oil will likely have a calming effect, while pairing with lemon or grapefruit will boost the natural energizing properties of peppermint.

Cautions: Never use essential oils undiluted or in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children and pets. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute and perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body.

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Customize Your Signature Scent: DIY Perfume Using Essential Oils

Customize Your Signature Scent: DIY Perfume Using Essential Oils

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love…”
– Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Of the five senses, scent is arguably the most powerful – it has the ability to trigger memories, tell stories, announce a presence, and even make us fall in love. Scent is also extremely personal, varying from individual to individual; often, people talk their a “signature scent,” which they wear every day. But if you don’t have one, how can you find yours?

The perfume industry makes billions of dollars annually selling scents, and many of them do smell incredible; unfortunately, most manufactured perfumes are laden with toxins and chemicals that have been linked to severe allergic reactions, hormone disruption, and even cancer. This means that perfume probably isn’t the best thing to spritz on your skin, the largest and most porous organ!

However, perfumes made from all-natural essential oils are not only healthy for your skin – they’ll blend with the scents of your own body to create a scent that’s completely unique. At Plantlife, our essential oils are 100% pure and therapeutic grade with no additives or fillers, so you can feel good about what you use on your skin. We have a full range of single note oils available, as well as ready-made oil blends that make a great starting point.

With Plantlife’s essential oils, it’s easy to create your own signature scent: just experiment with different combinations until you find that special one! When you can’t stop smelling your wrists or you’re getting compliments left and right, you’ll know you’ve found it. Below are a few starter recipes for your own DIY perfume – aromatic, toxin-free, and 100% natural!

DIY Essential Oil Elixirs:

Earthy Elixir: Warm, grounded, and deep.
8 drops of Sandalwood Oil, 3 drops of Lavender Oil, 1 drop of Cedarwood Oil.

Sensual Elixir: Sexy, musky, and dangerous.
2 drops of Bergamot Oil, 1 drop of Jasmine Oil, 1 drop of Rosewood Oil, 2 drops of Sandalwood Oil.

Romantic Elixir: Delicate, floral, and feminine.
5 drops of Palmarosa Oil, 3 drops of Rosewood Oil, 1 drop of Frankincense Oil, 1 drop of Ylang Ylang Oil.

Energetic Elixir: Youthful, fresh, and flirty.
9 drops of Grapefruit Oil, 1 drop of Neroli Oil, 1 drop of Ylang Ylang Oil.

DIY Essential Oil PerfumeWhat You’ll Need:

1 tablespoon carrier oil – preferably sweet almond, grapeseed, or jojoba oil
1 tablespoon vodka (optional)
Essential oils of choice
Filtered water
Bottle for shaking
Perfume bottle

Directions:

Mix all ingredients except water together and let sit for 48 hours (or longer if you’d like a stronger scent). Vodka helps the scent last longer, but feel free to omit if you prefer to be alcohol-free. Then, add 2 tablespoons of filtered water to the blend. Shake the bottle and pour the mixture through a coffee filter to get rid of any sediment. Pour your perfume into a spritz bottle and you’re done! For the longest possible shelf life, store in a cool, dark place.

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Balance Your Chakras With These Essential Oils

Balance Your Chakras With These Essential Oils

The use of essential oils to balance the chakra system has been in practice for thousands of years. It is believed that there are seven primary chakras and 21 lesser chakras: each of the seven main chakras is tied to a particular region and influences different emotions. Although these energy centers aren’t visible to the eye, they are thought to help connect the physical body and the spirit.

Your chakras can be out of balance if they are flowing with negative energy, but they can be re-balanced with the proper use of essential oils. Different oils are useful for each of the seven primary chakras.

The base chakra, located at the tailbone, is said to be where the sense of security is located. To balance this area, use patchouli, myrrh, rosewood, thyme, or frankincense oils. The sacral chakra, which houses creativity and sexuality, is in the lower abdomen; for this chakra, use sandalwood oil as an aphrodisiac and jasmine, rose, and cardamom oils for enhanced creativity.

Next is the solar plexus chakra, which is in the stomach. This area is connected to self-confidence and can be balanced with oils like grapefruit, juniper, cedarwood, and black pepper. Fourth is the heart chakra, one of the most important areas; rose oil can be used here for its romantic properties, along with geranium, bergamot, jasmine, and lavender oils.

Moving up the body, the throat chakra is considered the center of self-expression. Chamomile, peppermint, and eucalyptus oils are all used for this chakra, helping cure ailments like sore throats and congestion. The third eye, located on the forehead between the eyes, is the sixth chakra; this is the center of intuition. Frankincense, sage, and lavender oils can be used in this area to soothe headaches and clear the mind. Finally the crown chakra on the top of the head can be balanced with frankincense — one of the oldest essential oils — which enhances spirituality and helps bring clarity.

After you’ve chosen which oils you’d like to use, don’t forget to blend them with carrier oil before applying. Lie down and apply the chosen oil to the chakra, massaging the oil into your skin while relaxing and setting an intention for your healing. If you are balancing only one chakra, once the oil has been absorbed, you can meditate or simply breathe slowly and evenly, allowing the oil work its magic.

Grapefruit 100% Pure Essential Oil
Cedarwood 100% Pure Essential Oil
Jasmine 100% Pure Essential Oil
Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil
Rosewood 100% Pure Essential Oil
Juniper Berry 100% Pure Essential Oil
Myrrh 100% Pure Essential Oil
Black Pepper 100% Pure Essential Oik
Thyme 100% Pure Essential Oil

 

Geranium 100% Pure Essential Oil
Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil
Patchouli 100% Pure Essential Oil
Bergamot 100% Pure Essential Oil
Clary Sage 100% Pure Essential Oil
Eucalyptus 100% Pure Essential Oil
Sandalwood 100% Pure Essential Oil
Chamomile 100% Pure Essential Oil
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How To Use Essential Oils Topically

How To Use Essential Oils Topically

There are many different uses for essential oils — and many different methods of using and applying them to maximize their benefits. Topical application is one of the best methods for using essential oils because it allows you to test different oils on different parts of your body, helping to treat different ailments and often giving more targeted results.

To start, do some research: find out if the essential oil you’d like to use needs to be diluted with a carrier oil or pure vegetable oil. If it does, the general recommended ratio is 2 percent oil to mixer: that amount is about equivalent to 12 drops of oil in 30 millimeters of lotion, water, or carrier oil. And if your oil does need to be diluted, don’t worry — it won’t affect the potency or effectiveness of the oil. In fact, properly diluting essential oils actually increases their effectiveness and provides a better overall experience. Once you have mixed your essential oil with the carrier oil, be sure to shake the solution well before you apply.

Some oils, like lavender and sandalwood, are considered “neat” and do not need to be diluted prior to application. Do note, however, that if you are using citrus oils, you should avoid sun exposure after application: citrus oils will make your skin more sensitive to UV rays for about 12 hours after use.

No matter what essential oil you’re using, test a small area of the skin to ensure that you won’t have an adverse or allergic reaction to the oil. After you’ve tested the application, you’ll be ready for your topical treatment. To properly apply an essential oil, massage it gently into the skin; you can also add an essential oil to a lotion or to warm bathwater for topical absorption. Many oils can be applied all over the body to promote things like healthier digestion, mindfulness and relaxation, clear skin, and pain and stress relief.

You can also apply essential oils to your face and temples, behind your ears, on the bottoms of your feet, around your vital organs, on your chest, and even on the roof of your mouth. Do your research and try out different oils in different areas to find which work best for you. For example, lavender oil is known for its calming properties and is often used as a sleep aid, but it can also help with respiratory issues. Sandalwood oil can help reduce scarring, though it is traditionally used to treat coughs and cold symptoms.

Although there are many other methods for using essential oils — inhalation, ingestion, diffusion, etc. — try topical treatment for fast and localized results.

Sandalwood 100% Pure Essential Oil
Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil
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Easy Ways To Use Essential Oils At Home

Easy Ways To Use Essential Oils At Home

We thought now would be a great time to teach you five awesome ways to use essential oils at home. Using 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils is important when trying to experience the full powers of these amazing oils. Products labeled as “fragrance oils,” “perfume oils,” or “natural fragrance” can contain synthetic chemicals that are toxic. They are not Essential Oils and should NOT be substituted for pure essential oil.

1) Massage

Essential oils are used to help achieve the maximum healing result during a massage. The therapeutic properties of essential oils penetrate deeply into the skin. They circulate throughout the system providing optimum benefit to the mind and body. The oils will quickly absorb into the skin and senses, making them excellent for massage. In addition, inhaling the vapors enhance emotional and physical well being.

How to use essential oils with a massage:

  • Mix a few drops with a carrier oil and massage into the area needing treatment.
  • Apply a few drops to a cloth and inhale.
  • Use a diffuser in the massage room to disperse essential oils into the air.
  • Use essential oils in the steam room (add to water).
  • Make your own essential oil blend/massage oil (use our scent free massage oil as a base) or use Plantlife Aromatherapy Massage Oil (synergistic formula of essential oils) for your next massage.

2) Compress

Using compresses is a simple yet effective way to treat specific concerns such as pain, sprains, and circulation problems.

Make your own compress with a thin cotton hand towel soaked in a solution of hot or ice cold water and essential oil. Dip the towel in the solution and wring out excess water then apply the towel to the area needing relief.

A cold compress is excellent for swelling, bruising, headaches and fever. A hot compress is good for muscle pain, cramps and boils. To determine what essential oils are used for a specific ailment or treatment, get a book on Aromatherapy.

3) Bathing

Taking a bath is an age old ritual for cleansing and relaxation. Maximize the benefits of a warm bath by adding essential oil to the bath water.

Just add a few drops to the water to soothe the stresses away.

Add some Epsom salt to ease muscle aches and pains or try Plantlife’s Aromatherapy Bath Salts (which contains the perfect mixture of mineral rich ingredients and 100% pure essential).

4) Diffusing

Diffusing essential oils releases molecules into the air and aids in reducing bacteria, fungus, mold and unpleasant odors. It also promotes well being unlike synthetic fragrance. Only a few drops of essential oil are needed for the benefits of diffusion (always diffuse essential oils in water).

Diffuse Eucalyptus during the flu season, it is great to ward off sickness. Try Lavender to calm your mind and promote sleep.

Keep your home fresh by diffusing Grapefruit or Lemon. Each essential oil has its own wonderful aroma and healing properties that are enjoyed through inhalation.

Check out this video to learn how to diffuse essential oils:

5) Cleaning

Using essential oils to clean with is safe and non-toxic for the whole family. Make your own cleaning products easily by combining your favorite essential oil with simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda or liquid soap.

Get a book on Aromatherapy for which essential oils are best to clean with and recipes.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Make your own air freshener by adding 5-10 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.
  • Add lavender to your laundry wash or dryer sheet to freshen and brighten your clothes.
  • Use Peppermint to keep the mice away.
  • Eliminate bacteria by adding Tea Tree to the rinse water when cleaning your counter tops and floors.
  • Make your carpet smell naturally clean and fresh with essential oil.

Existing Products

Use essential oils in any existing product to add value to the products! As an example, add Tea Tree to your favorite shampoo and conditioner instead of buying the expensive brand and get the same benefits. Even use essential oil for a craft project! Essential oils are nature’s gift to us! They are pure plant extracts and contain healing, therapeutic value. They are excellent for health, wellness and a natural lifestyle. Enjoy!

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What Is Black Pepper Essential Oil?

What Is Black Pepper Essential Oil?

Black peppercorn is a berry obtained from the pepper plant. Peppercorn belongs to the family of Piperaceae, known scientifically as Piper Nigrum. The essential oil is extracted through steam distillation from the dried berries of Piper Nigrum that have not yet reached the full ripening phase. Black pepper, also known as “king of spice”, has deep roots in ancient times. It was once considered sacred, and was so valuable it was traded for gold.  It was used by Egyptians in the mummification process and was found in the nostrils of Ramses II. For thousands of years, black pepper has been prescribed in traditional Chinese medicine text for curing colds, recurring pains, fevers and more.

Black Pepper Essential Oil

Fast forward to modern times and black pepper essential oil is just as beneficial today. It may no longer be considered sacred, but it is just as valuable to the body and mind as it was in ancient times. In order to receive the amazing impact of this oil it must be 100% pure and undiluted. Luckily, Plantlife offers 100% pure Black Pepper Essential Oil among many other essential oils. Black Pepper Essential Oil has a unique warming quality when applied topically. This makes it perfect for enhancing circulation, therefore it helps provide relief for rheumatism, arthritis, and sore muscles. Dilute with a carrier oil like Apricot Kernel or our Massage Oil Base and massage into the skin 1-2 times a day to help relieve pain. Also, it is known to help get rid of toxins from the blood, which is beneficial for individuals struggling with chronic illnesses. Through inhalation, black pepper essential oil is known to enhance alertness and memory. This amazing essential oil works wonders during cold season since it can help relieve congestion and flu like symptoms.

Try these DIY  Recipes at home!

Sore Muscle Massage Oil:

Massage Oil Base: 4 ounces
Black Pepper Essential Oil: 6 drops
Marjoram Essential Oil: 3 drops
Juniper Berry Essential Oil: 3 drops
Ginger Essential Oil: 3 drops

Breathe with Ease Chest Rub:

Black Pepper Essential Oil: 2-3 drops
Carrier Oil: 1 teaspoon
Massage into your chest and wrap yourself in a blanket or apply to the bottom of your feet and put on a pair of socks.

Need to store your new DIY creation? Shop our storage bottles and carrier cases here

 

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Please Note: This information is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. Never use undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test with the diluted essential oil to an insensitive part of the skin.

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How To Diffuse An Essential Oil Blend

How To Diffuse An Essential Oil Blend

Aromatherapy is the perfect way to relax, so there’s no reason diffusing your favorite essential oil blends should be a headache. We’ll simplify things for you so you can get to your chosen activities sooner, whether that’s a cup of tea while relaxing, a stress-relieving yoga set, or drifting off to dreamland.

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You will also need water. Distilled Water is best for diffusers as it will keep them running at peak performance over their lifetime.

All you have to do is open up the diffuser and fill it with water, making sure not to exceed the maximum fill line as marked. Depending on the diffuser it may be difficult to see, since it is often the same color as the inside, so make sure you take closer look inside to assure you fill it to the proper level. The maximum fill level of the diffuser we used is 500ml.

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Once you’ve filled it with water, just add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil blend. If you prefer a stronger aroma, or you’re diffusing in a larger room, feel free to add more drops. There’s no wrong answer here as it’s based on personal preference, and space. Make sure to read the instructions provided so you don’t add more than the diffuser can handle! It’s suggested to use no more than 1 drop for every 1ml of water.

All that’s left to do is secure the lid back in place, plug it in, and press the power button and you’re ready to relax and enjoy the aroma of your favorite essential oil blend.

If you’d like to see how it’s done, check out our video below!

 

 

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