- Melt coconut oil in glass cup using microwave or double boiler
- Add essential oils.
- Store in glass container and leave in cool place. Apply when needed.
Do your cuticles need a little bit of love? Looking dry, worn or split? This cuticle cream is lovely! Full of moisturising, healing properties, your cuticles will thank you for it. Put it on throughout the day or just before you go to bed as part of your nightly routine.
2 Tablespoons of Shea Butter
1 Teaspoon of Beeswax
1 Tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
7 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
7 Drops of Myrrh Essential Oil
When someone new is introduced to the amazing world of Essential Oils, I’m often asked what the differences between humidifiers, vaporisers and diffusers are, and which one I personally use. Today we will cover all of that!
I’m going to start by saying, that the only choice in our home, is diffusers. Not only do they emit the beautiful oils you choose to put in them, but they have many benefits. Diffusers work by breaking the Essential Oil particles down into micro-molecules & then diffusing them into the air as negative ions. Negatively charged ions will attach themselves to harmful positively charged particles in the air & help to purify your home.
Ever wondered what the go is, with positively and negatively charged ions? Check out this article here
There are so many diffusers out there to choose from, with each diffuser having slightly different capabilities. The important things to look for when purchasing a diffuser are:
Water capacity – The bigger the water capacity, the longer the diffuser can run for. When I first started with Essential Oils, I thought that bigger was better. The truth is, you don’t need to have an 12 Litre tank for a diffuser to do it’s job. My favourite diffuser (aroma bloom) has a 200ml capacity and can run for 8 hours continuous or 18 hours intermittent. This is plenty, allowing me to change what I’m diffusing easily and as regular as I want.
No Heat Source – A diffuser should NOT have a heat source, as this destroys the beneficial compounds in the Essential Oils, making them nothing more than a smell. There are many cheap diffusers on the market that say they are ultrasonic diffusers, but they end up running so hot, the diffuser itself feels warm. It’s best to find a good quality, reputable diffuser, even if you pay a little bit more for it, than buying a cheap, ineffective diffuser that destroys the quality of your oils.
Output – This is where EO Addicts tend to have a healthy debate on which diffuser is best. The truth is, it all depends on how many diffusers you wish to run in your house, how big the area is and how strong you want the aroma to be. For example, the diffuser we use the most, has an output of 25-30 sq/m. We have one in the lounge, and one in each bedroom. They work well in our home, dispersing the aroma evenly.
Cool Extras – If you are wanting a diffuser that can take you to the moon, you will be disappointed. However, you can get cool built in functions like dimming lights, coloured lights, no light options, intermittent settings and in built safety functions, like turning itself off when it’s empty. You don’t need all of the bells and whistles, but sometimes it’s nice! We love using the dimming light function in the bedroom for wind down time, before turning it off for bed. It’s also a fantastic night light for little ones, adjusting it to a brightness that suits.
A Humidifier is a device that is used for keeping the atmosphere moist in a room. It helps to prevent dryness that can cause irritation in many parts of the body such as treating dry skin, nose, throat and lips. Most often people use a humidifier to help with cold and flu symptoms by relieving sinus congestion. Most humidifiers are not built for using essential oils, and over time they can damage plastic components which is unsafe and unhealthy.
A Vaporiser is a device that generates a particular substance in the form of vapour, especially medicinal inhalation. A vaporiser works by heating water until it turns into hot steam. You can make your own vaporiser by bringing a pot of water to a boil, add a drop of essential oil, place a towel over your head and inhale the steam. Extreme heat can break down the therapeutic qualities of essential oils, so I like to enjoy the steam on it’s own at first, before adding a drop to the water after it has cooled for several minutes.
The doTERRA Petal Diffuser is a small, user-friendly diffuser that delivers health-promoting benefits to your family and home. It has a relaxing mist and soft white ambient light, making it ideal for nighttime diffusion, and can cover up to 330 square feet. The Petal Diffuser has three timed settings—1, 2, and 4 hours—allowing you to customise the release of essential oils into the air. This convenient diffuser is stable, light, and easy to use—perfect for home or office use.
The Petal Diffuser permeates an ultra-fine, yet substantial mist output into the air, releasing the aromatic and therapeutic benefits of doTERRA CPTG® essential oils quickly and safely. This high quality, affordable diffuser is perfect for both novice and experienced essential oil users who want a reliable, easy-to-use essential oil diffuser.
dōTERRA Cloud™ is a waterless diffuser that quickly permeates dōTERRA CPTG® essential oils into the air, creating an intensely aromatic experience. This small yet highly durable diffuser is exclusive to dōTERRA and contains state-of-the-art, patent pending technology that provides substantial mist diffusion with minimal noise output. dōTERRA Cloud has three customised settings, allowing the user to adjust the mist output, run time, and pause time. Additional features include an LED optional night light, a sturdy maple wood base, and a compact design that takes up minimal counter space. The dōTERRA Cloud Diffuser quickly extracts essential oils straight from the bottle, covering up to 600 square feet and filling a room with the aroma of pure essential oils for up to six hours. Immerse yourself in the benefits of aromatherapy with the dōTERRA Cloud Diffuser.
• Utilises a micro air pump and patent-pending technology
• Diffuses straight oil (no water needed)
• Optional LED white light
• Maple wood base
• Three customised settings for mist output, run time, and pause time
• Working Hours: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
• Run timer 1 to 10 min
• Pause timer 1 to 10 min
• Covers 600 sq. ft.
• Additional 2-pack of oil holder nozzles available separately
I hope this article has made sense of the Diffuser, Vaporise and Humidifier questions you once had. If you have any more questions, or you would like to purchase a diffuser and would like help selecting the best fit, please contact me here
Our skin, is the largest organ of the human body. It is responsible for protecting and regulating many functions in the body. Over the years, there have been studies showing the chemicals in commercial baby powder brands are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. With the growing realisation, that there are better alternatives, more and more people are switching to natural, safe alternatives.
As babies, little ones are more susceptible to allergies and irritations, and more sensitive to chemicals and fillers. That’s why this recipe is a must have in the nappy bag, at home and it’s not just for them! Men and women can use this powder to help with sweating, chaffing and even just for something nice to powder yourself with.
This baby powder recipe can be customised to suit your individual preferences, however I have chosen these Essential Oils for their soothing, relaxing, and calming properties.
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1/2 Cup Arrowroot Powder
1/4 Cup Finely Ground Oats
1 Drop Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Dandruff is an issue many people live with. Dandruff is the flaking of dead skin cells on your scalp. Oil from the scalp causes the skin cells to clump together and appear as white flakes. Dandruff can be caused by a number of things, including dry skin; sensitivity to hair products; and skin conditions such as psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, or eczema. The overgrowth of yeast can also cause dandruff. Commercial dandruff shampoos are available, with chemical agents to remove the dead skin cells from your hair and treat the scalp,
Commercial dandruff shampoos are available, with chemical agents to remove the dead skin cells from your hair and treat the scalp, however, these products not only dry the scalp, which encourages more oil to be produced, but the ingredients in these products often cause irritation to the scalp and cause more problems than they solve.
I used to get dandruff with the changing of seasons (before I switched to a natural shampoo and conditioner). It would drive me nuts and I would sit there scratching and brushing as much off my scalp as possible. I have a serious reaction to store bought dandruff products. My scalp becomes red, inflamed and sore, and I get migraines from it.
I have experimented with many DIY dandruff treatments over the years and found one that really works well for me. It uses simple ingredients you probably already have at home and it’s inexpensive. Best of all, you can use this as a scalp treatment to keep your hair and scalp healthy all year round. I do this treatment once a week and I haven’t had dandruff in a long time.
3 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
I find after rinsing the vinegar out, that my hair best takes to a deep conditioning hair treatment. I use heated coconut oil, with 2 drops of Geranium, 2 Drops Cedarwood and 2 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil. I wrap my hair up again for 20 minutes, then rinse and condition. My hair turns out so soft and beautiful.
I brush and blow dry my hair after this treatment, and really get the circulation going. I brush my hair for about 10-15 minutes afterward. This also encourages growth.
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The smell of a fresh orange, the citrus, the sweet aroma, is simply beautiful. We clean our home with citrus EO’s a lot, because of their ability to cut through grease and grime, remove stains and leave behind a beautiful, uplifting smell.
I remember years ago, reading the back of a store bought bottle of orange cleaner and being disgusted with the ingredients. Nothing about it screamed natural, and at $7 a bottle, there was no way I was leaving with it. So I went home and did some research and found many people raving about soaking citrus peels in vinegar to extract the oils from the rind, to then clean with. I was like WOW!
What came next, was weeks of waiting…. For those of you that are hearing about this for the first time, the method is simple. Get a large container, and put in the rind and peels of whatever citrus fruit you like. Cover with vinegar, place the lid on and store somewhere dark for 2-4 weeks. Strain off and use to clean.
When it comes to DIY’s I can be impatient. Maybe that’s one of the reasons an easy DIY always catches my eye. Make it in an hour or less? Done. Wait 2 days for paint to dry? Not a fan.
The vinegar worked well, but for me the smell was still overpowering. That’s when I got thinking….How about combining this method with Citrus Essential Oils for an added kick?
BOOM. Magic created.
1/2 cup of citrus vinegar (yes, you will need to brew it for a couple of weeks)
10 drops of Wild Orange
Place the vinegar, Essential Oil and water into spray bottle. Secure lid and give a shake. It’s that easy! (once you have waited for what feels like an eternity for the vinegar to brew).
Here’s why I love this recipe…You can customise it! Want to make a lemon and lime cleaner? Make Lemon Vinegar and use Lime Essential Oil. Want to make a spray with all sorts of citrus? Freeze your orange, lemon and lime peels until you have enough to make a batch of vinegar, and then add Grapefruit Essential Oil.
The possibilities are endless. I promise you, patience is worth it!