One of the easiest ways to glean benefits from essential oils is to use them in a diffuser. Although this can be accomplished with single oils, something magical happens when two or more oils are blended. This is called an essential oil synergy. In simplistic terms, it means that the combination of two or more essential oils results in a blend that is more effective than the single oils used alone.
I love to create my own synergies and for this article, I share the recipe for what I call “Rise and Shine Sunshine”. This is a diffuser blend. Yeah, I know it is not very original but heck, it is what it is. I call it this because I find it uplifting, giving me the motivation to get my arse in gear and face the day head-on.
Rise and Shine Sunshine Essential Oil Blend
Nothing could be easier than putting a master blend together so that it is always available for use in a diffuser. Before doing so, however, I suggest that you try your blend first to ensure that you find it pleasing and also if you are hoping to get therapeutic value, to ensure you are getting the desired results.
So, given that you should try this out first, here is the single use recipe.
Rise and Shine Sunshine
3 drops of Orange EO
3 drops of Rosemary EO
2 drops of Peppermint EO
Add to your diffuser along with water and enjoy. Note that at 8 drops, this is very aromatic. If it is too strong, try using 2 drops of each of the oils for a total of 6 drops.
Here is the same recipe, expanded so you can create a master blend to keep on hand. You will want to use 6 to 8 drops of this blend in your diffuser.
Rise and Shine Sunshine Master Blend
24 drops of Orange EO
24 drops of Rosemary EO
16 drops of Peppermint EO
Blend all of the oils into a repurposed (and empty) EO bottle or dropper bottle (such as this one).
What the Oils in this Blend Do
Orange Essential Oil: Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh citrus, and especially oranges? Orange essential oil evokes a feeling of warmth and happiness, just like sunshine.
Rosemary Essential Oil: Rosemary is the herb of remembrance and memory. Using rosemary essential oil will bring clarity to your day and will help you manage that to-do list without falling off track.
Peppermint Essential Oil: Peppermint is an invigorating oil and will fill you with energy and gusto to spare. The effect of peppermint on your mood is lasting and will keep your focused and stress-free throughout the day. As an added bonus, peppermint essential oil in a diffuser will help clear up any congestion you have when first getting up in the morning. At least that is what it does for me.
One thing I can say for sure: this combination of oils is not going to put you to sleep. It is doing to energize motivate you to get up and go and do something positive with your day!
For this diffuser blend, I use NOW brand oils. They are very inexpensive and yet are the real thing; perfect for both the diffuser and DIY cleaning supplies. I tend to save my favorite Spark Naturals essential oils for therapeutic use and for use in products I use topically, such as salves and body butters.
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How to Label EO Blends and other DIYs on the Cheap
Labeling my concoctions has always been a challenge. Chalk labels were a total bust as were computer printed labels. The former would rub off and the later was a royal PITA.
Two things have worked for me.
The first is not very elegant but bulletproof. I use blue painters tape and an ultra-fine Sharpie to label the bottle, jar or lid with its contents.
The second solution takes a bit more work but is useful when I want to include the formula as well and the name of my DIY. What I do is type it up on my computer then print it out on plain paper. I then cut it to size, cover it with packing tape, and apply it to my container. Packing tape is waterproof and smudge proof, making the label permanent until I decide to remove it. Win-win.
The Prepping Angle
I personally have stockpiled a large collection of essential oils for SHFT purposes. Some provide therapeutic and medicinal value but others provide aromatic qualities that will keep me motivated and stress-free during times when my life may be turned upside down for whatever reason.
If the power is out, thus putting your diffuser out of commission, put a drop or two of this blend into the palm of your hands, rub them together, the bring them up to your nose. Inhale deeply to immediately feel the effect of the oils. This is what aromatherapy is all about!
Summing It All Up
I want to reiterate that when creating a new diffuser blend, it is a good idea to use it a time or two before making up a big batch. The reason for this is that everyone responds differently to aromatherapy and what is pleasing to one person may be obnoxious to another. This is similar to my advice when using a topical salve on your skin. Every person’s particular body chemistry is different and what may work for one person, may not work quite the same for another. Most of the time it does, but not always, so keep that in mind and feel free to tweak things a bit.
Finally, in keeping with my usual style, I want to remind you that I write about what I know and what I have experienced first hand. I am not a certified aromatherapist or healthcare professional and do not offer medical advice. That said, I want to share my many tried and true essential oil uses and recipes with the world.
I hope you find them useful.
Yours for a Joyful Life,
Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser by AromaSoft: As with many of the products I promote, this diffuser is not going to be the cheapest on the block, although $20 is not bad especially when I used to pay $60 or more for a diffuser. This BPA-free diffuser puts out a strong mist that can fill a room. All that in spite of its size. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
NOW Foods Essential Oils for the Diffuser: To me, these are not as potent as the oils from Spark Naturals but they work just fine in a diffuser or in DIY cleaning products. They come in large bottles and are very affordable. Here are links to Orange, Rosemary, and Peppermint.
Blue Painters Tape: I use this tape for labeling everything around the house. I like that it is waterproof and removes cleanly. You can find this tape at almost every big box store, not just Amazon.
Black Ultra Fine Sharpies: Some of you may remember that I always used to comment that Sharpies were invented for preppers. Let me amend that and say they were also invented for DIYers. Amazon.com has some of the best prices out there for a 12 pack of Sharpies. As of this most moment, a box of the black ultra-fines is less than $8.