What essential oil should I use in my diffuser?

 

EO have many properties effective in diffusion and there is no danger of addiction, so enjoy!

The various effects and properties:

antimicrobial and antiviral: they are able to attack microbes and powerful viruses and destroy them as well as stop their proliferation

ex: oregano, eucalyptus

antifungal: they prevent or treat infections due to microscopic fungi

ex: palmarosa, geranium

antiseptic et purifying: they disinfect by destroying germs, sanitizing and deodorising the air

ex: lemon, cajuput

 

A few ideas for creating an ambience:

  Purifying atmosphere

Citrus ambience: all citrus EO are perfect for deodorising (Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Exotic Verbena, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Yuzu)

These days, purifying the air has become a necessity given the increasing surrounding air pollution. Here is an idea to purify and sanitize the atmosphere of a room, antibacterial action is guaranteed.

Bergamot, Orange, Lemon (10 drops each)

 Insect repellent essential oils

Some EO give insects a hard time because they have shown to be very effective in repelling them and are also antiparasitic. This is, therefore, a natural alternative to commercial products and they have an agreeable scent ex.geranium, java citronella

A little mixture to keep insects at bay (mosquitoes …):

Lemongrass, Geranium et Basil (10 drops of each)

 Relaxation, calmness and rest

A good suggestion of a mixture of EO for your diffuser that you can make up yourself and that is particularly effective in creating an atmosphere of relaxation and calmness:

Essential oils of orange, mandarin and pine (10 drops of each)

To diffuse in the evening: Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Mandarin or Petitgrain Bigarade all have appeasing virtues

 In winter, breathe deeply

Ambience “deep breathing”, mighty aerial antiseptic: Eucalyptus radiata, Ravintsara, Niaouli, cineole rosemary

Forest ambience: Cypress, Sylvestre pine, Pine

A formula to diffuse in winter:

Ravintsara (10 drops), ho wood, (5 drops) and niaouli (5 drops)

 Revitalising atmosphere

In need of a little help to face up to a hard day: thanks to their quick penetration, EO favour hormone secretion and balance the nervous system

10 minutes of diffusion when getting up, using one of these stimulating EO ex. Lemon or Grapefruit

or a mixture of: Lemon, Lavender (10 drops each) Peppermint (5 drops)

 EO to use in your diffuser against bad odours and tobacco

This mixture is particularly effective in fighting against bad odours: Fine lavenderClary sage (15 drops each) Peppermint (5 drops).

If you are fighting tobacco odours in particular, the following mixture is to be tried: lippia citriodora (verbena), Geranium, Fine lavender (10 drops each) and Cedarwood (5 drops).

 

You can also create your own floral ambience that will awaken the senses: Bourbon Geranium, fine Lavender, Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang or if you prefer something oriental, you can try Patchouli or Sandalwood

You are ready to invent your own mixture? Here are a few basic principles to help you compose a harmonious odour for diffusion or for other uses (massaging oils or perfume for example).

 

The different fragrance notes

Fragrances are classified into three large “notes”: the basis notes, the heart notes and the headnotes.

The head notes

A headnote is quickly diffused and can be perceived very quickly but it will fade within 15 minutes.

These are the essences of zests or plants with a citrus odour as well as the pines that produce refreshing and stimulating odours

ex.: lemon, mandarin, orange, grapefruit, bergamot, pinus sylvestris, lemongrass, eucalyptus globulus.

The heart notes

The heart note (molecules with an average volatility) intervenes in a second phase and gives balance to the fragrance. It takes over in order to retain the freshness of the headnotes and announce the warmth of the base notes.

Here we find the essential oils of flowers or herbs. This note rounds off the mixture and gives a floral fragrance if accentuated.

ex: chamomile, true lavender, geranium, rose, petitgrain bigarade, ylang-ylang, linalol thyme, eucalyptus citriodora et eucalyptus radiatapalmarosa.

Basis notes

The basis note or bottom note comes into the air slowly and will remain there for a long time. It is the note that arrives last and stays the longest. It is the note that reaches the olfactive level last but that gives structure to the perfume.

Generally, they correspond to resins and woods, but some can be found in entire plants. These create warm and sensuous scents if accentuated. Beware however to not use a heavy hand with them.

ex. frankincense, cedarwood, rosemary, patchouli, cloves, cinnamon, vetiver, ravintsaraclary sage, sandalwood, vanilla, juniper, saro.

 

 The right proportions

Basis note: 1 part  // Heart note: 2 parts  // Head note: 7 parts

10% of EO for mixtures using an oil base for the skin

5% of EO for mixtures using an alcohol base for the home or to spray on clothes

precautionsCare to be taken

Not all EO are good for diffusion. Indeed, some of them may be irritating (even harmful) or just to thick for an optimal diffusion.

Essential oils with ketones or phenols

Do not diffuse pure in the air EO containing ketones or phenols as they are able to provoke irritation of the respiratory tract. ex. clove, cinnamon leaf, rosemary camphor, spike lavender, peppermint

Beware of EO containing esters

Do not inhale or diffuse in the air, EO that contain esters such as chavicol methyl (ex. basil or fennel) either hot or cold.

Diffusion in the presence of children or pregnant women

Many EO are not suitable in the presence of children or pregnant women. Seek the advice of an aromatherapist. In any case, you should never diffuse EO in a room where there is a baby or a child. They should enter a room only 10 minutes after the end of a diffusion.

Precautions in the case of disease

People who are asthmatics, epileptics, allergic to camphor or who have a tendency to both hypertension or hypotension, must be very careful in their choice of EO used. Sylvestre pine is forbidden for people suffering from hypertension. Eucalyptus radiata and wild marjoram are forbidden in the case of asthma or epilepsy.

 THE EO FORBIDDEN FOR DIFFUSION FOR EVERYONE

Non-exhaustive list:

Dill / Curcuma / Sweet Fennel / Wintergreen / Italian Everlasting/ Verbenone Rosemary

 

ESSENTIAL OILS AUTHORISED IN PURE DIFFUSION

Bergamot / Bay leaf / Black Spruce / Cardamom / Atlas Cedarwood / Provence Cypress/ Eucalyptus Citriodora / Eucalyptus Radiata / Frankincense / Geranium / Ginger / Grapefruit / Java Citronella /Fine or True Lavender   / Lemon  / Lemongrass

Green Mandarin / Marjoram / Mastic Tree / Niaouli / Orange / Palmarosa / Patchouli / Black Pepper / Petit Grain Bigarade / Pinus Sylvestris / Ravintsara / Rosemary cineole / Rose / Saro / clary sage / Tarragon / Tea Tree

ESSENTIAL OILS AUTHORISED IN DIFFUSION BUT DILUTED IN OTHER ESSENTIAL OILS

Oils authorised in diffusion but diluted at 20% or +:

Cajuput / Eucalyptus Globulus / Juniper / Lemon Myrtle / Vetiver

Oils authorised in diffusion but diluted at 15% maximum:

Basilic / Roman Chamomile / Peppermint / Spearmint / Ylang Ylang III or Complete

Oils authorised in diffusion but diluted at 10% maximum:

Cinnamon / Clove / Neroli / Oregano / Savory / Thyme Linalol or Thymol

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