Ditch Your Air Fresheners

Dewdrop diffuser

Do you remember those obnoxious commercials for air freshener spray? Crotchety old women were depicted as coming into a younger woman’s home, saying things like, “Fried fish last night, dear?” and “I thought George gave up cigars.” Which, as an aside, I would not let people that snarky into my house, just sayin’. But this was supposed to freak you out and make you panic about how your house smells. (Just like deodorant commercials are designed to make you obsess about your armpits.)

I think we all bought into the idea that we had to spray a variety of chemicals in our house so nobody would come in and think we were horrible people. But did you know that recent research shows that air fresheners and other fragranced products cause adverse reactions? A 2015 article in Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health showed that “34.7 % of the population reported health problems, such as migraine headaches and respiratory difficulties, when exposed to fragranced products.” An article in the Journal of Toxicological Sciences recommended further research on the topic, as “deleterious effects do not manifest for many years, making it difficult to identify air freshener-associated symptoms.”

Rainstone diffuser

I’ve stopped using candles, incense and air freshener in favor of my diffuser. Not only do I have 2 Dewdrop diffusers, I also have the Rainstone, which has a remote control! These diffusers are called cold-air diffusers. They are designed to “atomize a microfine mist of essential oils into the air, where they can remain suspended for several hours.”* This atomizing of oils alters the structure of molecules that create the odors, rather than just masking them. Many essential oils, including Frankincense, Lavender and Orange, are effective in eliminating and destroying airborne germs and bacteria.

But you know what? I simply love the smell of diffused oils. One of our favorites I like to diffuse as we’re settling down to go to sleep at night is a combination of three drops each of Lavender and Copaiba, and two drops of Stress Away. This blend is a relaxing and soothing way to end the day.

What’s your favorite diffuser or diffuser oil combination? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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*Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th edition, p. 56.

Aligning Yourself With Your Purpose Through Meditation and Prayer

Living with purpose isn’t always easy. We get busy, we get stressed out, or we simply get distracted. It happens to all of us and when it does, we no longer hear that little voice in our head clearly that tells us what we should be doing. Without a clear purpose and solid intentions to live our life around it, it becomes easy to get off course. We have to find a way to make sure we can get back on track and realign ourselves with the purpose we’ve chosen.

A great way to do this is through prayer and meditation. There’s a reason these techniques have been used for millennia by spiritual leaders and everyday people who successfully live a purpose driven life.  Both prayer and meditation allow you to tune out those distractions and give you clarity of mind. Once your mind quiets, you can start to listen to that inner voice that tells you what’s truly important and what you value most.

It doesn’t matter what religion you belong to, if you consider yourself a spiritual person, or how much faith you have. Prayer and meditation can benefit anyone. One of the easiest forms of meditation is a simple breathing exercise that you can do anytime, anywhere. That being said, I recommend you practice it first in a calm and quiet spot. This will allow you to focus on it and get used to it without too many distractions. Once you’ve practiced for a little while though, you can use it to calm and clear your mind whenever you need it.

A Simple Breathing Meditation

The easiest type of meditation is to simply focus on your breath. Try to tune out everything else and focus on breathing in and breathing out. Notice how the air feels flowing through your noise. Pay attention to how your abdomen rises and falls, expands and contracts. Whenever you get distracted or start to think of something else, keep bringing yourself back to the breath. Start by practicing it for 30 seconds to a minute and expand the time with practice.

Give this a try and see if you find it helpful. From there read up on other meditation techniques. There are lots of great books out there on the topic. There are guided meditations and even mobile apps.

Diffusing While Meditating

Using Young Living essential oils in your diffuser during your prayer time or meditation is helpful for maintaining focus and deepening your spiritual experience. Here are some suggestions:

Sacred Frankincense™ essential oil comes from the distillation of the resin of the Boswellia sacra frankincense tree. This oil is ideal for those who wish to take their spiritual journey and meditation experiences to a higher level.

The Gift™ is a blend of seven ancient oils that have been sought after for centuries for their calming properties. It includes Balsam Canada needle, Sacred frankincense, Jasmine, Northern Lights Black spruce leaf, Myrrh, Vetiver root and Cistus (Rose of Sharon).

If you don’t already have Young Living oils, please click my link on the upper left, and I’ll be happy to help you out.