Friday, January 1, 2016

Guest Post: 5 essential oil diffuser blends to start the new year strong


5 essential oil diffuser blends to start the new year strong

by Rachel Zupke

Hi there! My name is Rachel and I am excited to be here at The Pierogie Mama sharing a bit about essential oils with you! If you have any questions about oils after reading this, please feel free to contact me or head over to my blog for more info.

The new year ushers in a whole host of different emotions. Depending on how your holidays went, the turning of the calendar is something that most of us use as a motivation to usher in a new, positive habit. You might be breathing a sigh of relief that normal life is resuming again, coming down off a high from having a great time with family and friends, wishing you could go back and do it over again, or somewhere in between…regardless of your circumstance, let’s press the reset button together.

Using essential oils aromatically gives you and your family a natural boost through this second half of winter. The following blends involve 4 to 6 drops total in your diffuser making them an economical way to use essential oils. I also chose to share blends that include more commonly used oils; if you already use essential oils, you’ll most likely be able to make them with what you have on hand or, if you haven’t started using essential oils yet, you can make them if you purchase a collection of oils from various essential oil companies. For diffuser recipes that call for blends, I’ve given the common name*.


Fresh and clean

2 drops Peppermint

2 drops Rosemary

1 drop Melaleuca

Aid respiratory function with peppermint, protect against illness with rosemary, and promote cleansing with melaleuca. This blend is great when you want your environment to feel crisp and airy.


One-two punch

2 drops Protective blend

2 drops Cleansing blend

A little run down? Boost your overall health by diffusing a protective blend to support your immune system and cleanse your environment with a purification blend.


Immune support

2 drops Lemon

2 drops Invigorating blend

1 drop Frankincense

1 drop Oregano

Support your hard working immune system through the harshest months of the year. Lemon helps with environmental threats and promotes a sense of well-being, invigorating blend helps with stress, frankincense supports specific components of immune system function, and oregano aids respiratory function.


Get stuff done

2 drops Invigorating blend

1 drops Lemongrass

1 drops Peppermint

When you have a lot to get done but lack the motivation or focus, try this blend! Reduce stress and support your emotional health with an invigorating blend, promote awareness and enhance focus with lemongrass, and aid memory and mental performance with peppermint.


Relax

3 drops Grounding blend

1 drop Lavender

Harmonize your body systems and promote a sense of balance with this relaxing blend. A grounding blend promotes calmness, peace, and centering while lavender’s calming and sedative properties help lift feelings of anxiety.



I hope these diffuser blends are helpful through the potentially dreary months of late winter. If you’d like to learn more about essential oils and how they work, I’m teaching two *free* online webinars over the next few weeks. I’m a former high school science teacher so teaching webinars (and in person classes) is a way for me to keep doing what I love (learning and teaching) while applying it to my everyday life, and, hopefully, yours! Hop over to my blog, Mason Jar Values, for more information. I’d love to see you there! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me!



Happy oiling!



~Rachel at Mason Jar Values



*Brands like doTerra, Young Living, and Native American Nutritionals (among others) have similar blends that go by different names but cover the same bases. For example, if you are stressed and need to feel centered and calmed, you’d want to use a grounding blend. DoTerra calls this Balance, Young Living calls theirs Valor, and Native American Nutritionals calls it Aligning.

32 comments:

  1. This is a great post - I have been thinking of using essential oils at home more. I already use tea tree and peppermint oil (for my hair), and I have been thinking of expanding to diffusers.

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    1. They're so great to use for so many reasons! I honestly think diffusing essential oils is the best first step for people to use them more in daily life. :) There are a bunch of great diffusers on Amazon!

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  2. Oooh these are fabulous!! Pinning them!! Thanks so much for sharing!! I feel like I should be diffusing the Immune support 24/7 lately!! Ugh!! Sickies go away!!

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    1. Glad you will be able to use them! Yes...immune support is KEY this season. Here's to good health!

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing! The first I'll try is the Get Stuff Done blend.

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  4. I have some essential oils, but I haven't tried them yet, so this look like a great start.

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    1. Diffusing is definitely a great place to start. :) Hope you're enjoying it!

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  5. Thank you! I love using essential oils and trying new blends. :)

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    1. Me too! A new blend is definitely a highlight for me.

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  6. Are all of these blends safe for use during pregnancy? I've heard mixed things about some like Rosemary

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    1. Hi Jessie! Essential Oil Safety (2nd ed.) does not list Rosemary as a contraindicated oil for pregnancy. The only oil in this post that for sure should be avoided during pregnancy per this text is oregano. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  7. I absolutely love essential oils and will definitely be mixing up a few of these for around the house. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sure thing! Glad you stopped by even though I'm not THE Pierogie Mama. ;)

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  8. This time of year I could use the extra Immune support.

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    1. With two littles, I feel like I ALWAYS need the extra immune support. Hope you're doing well!

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  9. I am looking for an effective diffuser oil essence to solve my problem with anxiety and stress. I have tried pappermint but found out that i can't tolerate it's fragrance. Most of your recipes have peppermint as well. Is there any alternative for people like my who have problems with peppermint?

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    1. What about spearmint? Or wintergreen?

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  10. Great post. I was serarcging for best essential oil blend and found your article on Google. By the way, i have a question.
    I am currently using levender and peppermint essential oil blend to cure my problem with anxiety and stress. But recently i am having problem with peppermint essense. As most of your recipes require peppermint, is there any alternative to that? I would love to find an alternative that i can use on a day to day basis

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    1. Start worry the citrus oils and see if that helps you. I love an elevating blend that has orange or bergamot plus ginger and vetiver.

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  11. Love these combinations! Your home must smell amazing, and welcoming :)

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  12. I've been really wanting to learn more about how to use essential oils. I would love to get them into my daily life to help us in all different ways.

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    1. If you have questions, feel free to shoot me an email! rachel@rachelzupke.com :)

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  13. Amazing combinations! I have been dying to try essential oils and this is definitely a very helpful guide, thank you for sharing! :)

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    1. I'd love to hear which one is your favorite! :)

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    2. So glad you have a place to start! Enjoy!

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  14. I hear more and more about the benefits of using essential oils either with or in place of western medicine for well-being. I'll be taking some time to do some research into oils. Thanks for the article!

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    1. Definitely. I have continued to shift in my self-care and medical practices over the last few years from doing everything by the Western-medicine-book to a lot more proactive, natural care and it's done wonders for myself and my family. I'm so grateful I found essential oils! If you want some more information, feel free to email me at rachel@rachelzupke.com. I'd love to help you!

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  15. This should help anyone new to using essential oils! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Hey..buddy..
    I really like your article...keep sharing ...
    This is very interesting. I’ve only used or thought of using essential oils in cleaning products or lotions. I wouldn’t have thought to ingest the though I have heard a little bit about oil pulling. But it’s interesting to thin about how potent they can be even if just on your skin! Thank you for sharing this information, so important to do your research!!!
    Thanks for sharing buddy!!!

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  17. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love the relax one and definitely gonna try for my home.

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