DIY: Aromatherapy Scent Diffuser
While the holiday season, with the potential for gift giving and emphasis on good-will, can be delightful, it can also bring a lot of stress. It often means spending time with certain family members who make you tense, end of year work deadlines, and even too much pressure to be having a good time.
If you find your chest getting tight and it all gets to be a little much, we recommend using aromatherapy to help get you back into a better mind-set. Our DIY scent diffuser is ridiculously simple; all you really need to decide is which soothing scents you want to fill it with.
For the diffuser you will need a glass jar, a few bamboo skewers (available at most grocery stores), a carrier oil (we used sunflower oil, but any vegetable oil works), and a few essential oils. We recommend filling the bottle about an inch up with the carrier oil and adding only a few drops each of your essential oils, as a little goes a long way, and you can always add more if you feel it isn't potent enough. Here are some of our favorite relaxing scent variations:
2 PARTS ROSEMARY: 2 PARTS CEDARWOOD: 1 PART LIME
This mix creates a woodsy, herbal scent profile. Both rosemary and cedarwood are traditional aromatic stress relievers, and the lime adds a clean, sweet note.
2 PARTS LAVENDER: 1 PART LEMONGRASS
This mix has a vibrant, zesty scent, and is a great one to use before work when you want a relaxed energy. Both lavender and lemongrass are used to treat stress-related conditions in aromatherapy.
2 PARTS FRANKINCENSE: 2 PARTS CLARY SAGE: 1 PART PEPPERMINT
A mix that result in a cooling, soothing, fresh scent. Frankincense has been used by healers throughout the world for centuries to help slow down and deepen breath, clary sage is a natural scent remedy for depression and nervous tension, and peppermint is excellent for mental fatigue and stress.