The Essential Oils I Diffuse (and Why)

We all know essential oils have been used through centuries for many different purposes like medicine, remedies, and therapy. I personally use essential oils in my home as cleaning agents, facial treatments, and aroma therapy. When I diffuse the oils they produce certain smells that help me relax and get through the day better. Essential oils are not made with harsh chemicals, so it is a great way to release scents into my house without spraying air fresheners or lighting candles. With that being said, I’ve compiled a list of essential oils that I diffuse at home and I’ll tell you exactly why I use them:

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is one of my favorite oils because it promotes the feeling of joy, satisfaction, and playfulness. The oil helps me to drown out any negative thoughts cross my mind throughout the day. When I encounter a lot of negativity in my week, I’ll come home and diffuse grapefruit while I shower, make dinner, and wind down. The scent has a way of lifting my mood and making me happy after a long day at work. I’ll begin to think more optimistic thoughts while diffusing grapefruit and I’ll also be more productive.

Clary Sage

Clary sage is a scent that I use to relax. It is proven to lower anxiety and enhance the dream state. I diffuse it on Sunday mornings while I lounge around or at night when I can’t fall asleep. I'll usually play relaxing music throughout my home when I diffuse Clary sage because it seems to pair nicely creating a full relaxing atmosphere. Clary sage is also proven the lower anxiety in animals, so I try to diffuse the scent when I leave the house in order to help my puppy with separation anxiety. The oil not only lowers anxiety, but it balances hormones, lowers stress, and calms the mind. I suggest using Clary sage whenever your to-do list seems to never end or when you cant seem to exactly quiet your mind.

Peppermint

Peppermint is a fantastic oil for focus. A study at University of Cincinnati showed that inhaling peppermint oil increased the accuracy of students by 28%. I'll diffuse peppermint whenever I do my homework because it keeps my mind sharp and helps me stay more productive. Peppermint is also proven to reduce fever and relieve headaches, so whenever in sick or hungover I diffuse the oil in my home. While Peppermint oil is great to smell in the house, I recently discovered that it is toxic to dogs. Since then I have stopped using it and started looking for non-toxic oils that promote alertness, however if you don't have any pets I highly recommend adding it to your essential oil collection. 

Lime

Lime is an oil that I like to use in conjunction with my other scents. It helps with exhaustion and promotes stimulation. If you mix lime with other oils it adds a refreshing compliment to any atmosphere. I'll diffuse lime by itself in my home when I'm low on energy or just can't seem to get out of bed. Lime oil also very uplifting, so I'll use it whenever I clean and play music throughout my home. 

Oils that I want to try out...

While I already use several oils in my home for many different things, there are still a select few that I haven't tried yet. Those include Juniper, Rosemary Cineol, Spearmint, Tansy, White Lotus, and Myrtle.

Oils toxic to pets

Dogs: Cinnamon, Citrus, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Pine, Sweet birch, Tea tree (melaleuca), Wintergreen, and Ylang ylang.

Cats: Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Melaleuca, Tea tree, Cinnamon bark, Wintergreen, Thyme, Birch, Other oils containing phenol.

Many essential oils do not come with a warning label when they a toxic to animals, so it is important to do your research before buying. When a pet is poisoned by essential oils some of the symptoms include nausea, fatigue, no appetite, diarrhea, and uncoordinated movement.