Fall is here. Thoughts turn to apple pie, pumpkin spice, and warmth of home and hearth. A doTERRA recipe I saw on Facebook for a diffuser scent invokes all of those feelings, and may provide additional benefits.
Diffusers used with essential oils should be ultrasonic or cool steam type. Heat can change the components of essential oils, losing some of the benefits. I get mine at Amazon. There are several types of diffusers available.
I mix this recipe in a small amber glass bottle so that I have it ready. It really is something you’ll want to use again and again. It’s diffusing in the living room right now, and the scent is heavenly.
Cassia is in the Laurel family and is closely related to Cinnamon. The scent is similar but stronger. It can be irritating to mucous membranes so usually needs to be combined with other oils, or diluted with a carrier oil if using topically. Cassia is warming and can be soothing to aching muscles and joints (dilute with fractionated coconut oil). It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It has historically been used for many ailments and is generally considered safe for consumption, but only in a diluted state because of possible sensitivity. If you add a drop or two with lemon to your water, it can settle your stomach and help to reduce hunger cravings. It should not be used with children under 6 or while pregnant or nursing.
From the Mint family, Patchouli’s scent is sweet and musky. It is said to have many health properties and may even work as insect repellant. It can be grounding and balancing to the emotions when used in aromatherapy and is frequently used for wounds, tissue repair, or other skin conditions such as wrinkles, scars and stretch marks when used topically. It can can be used aromatically, topically and can be taken internally, but not by children under 6 and further dilution is recommended for children older than 6. Consult your doctor if pregnant or nursing.
Wild Orange is from the Citrus family. Its scent is similar to an orange held up to the nose. It can be used to cleanse and purify both surfaces when diluted to make a multipurpose spray, or the air if diffused. When diffused it is uplifting and energizing. It contains powerful antioxidants making it valuable for overall health. It also may have benefits against seasonal threats. I often add a drop to my water as a flavoring agent. It can’t hurt right? It can be diffused, used topically or taken internally, but not for children under 6 and should be diluted for children older than 6. If you’re pregnant or nursing, consult your doctor. If used topically, avoid sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours.
No essential oils should be taken internally unless they are 100% pure therapeutic grade. It sometimes takes tons of material to yield a pound of essential oil. Some sellers use additives so be cautious about sources. I trust doTERRA, and this is a great source: http://www.mydoterra.com/sharonbwilbur/
Any health benefits mentioned above have not been evaluated by the FDA, and if you have medical conditions you should always consult your doctor before taking anything medicinally to assure there are no harmful interactions with medication you are taking.