Oil Diffusing Guide
and simplest way of putting essential oils into
the air for inhalation is to use an aromatic
diffuser. A cold air diffuser uses
room-temperature air to blow the oil up against
some kind of nebulizer. This breaks the oils up
into a micro-fine mist that is then dispersed
into the air. The oils, with their oxygenating
molecules, will then remain suspended for
several hours to freshen and improve the quality
of the air. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and
antiseptic properties of the oils kill bacteria
and help reduce fungus and mold. Essential oils,
when diffused, have been found to reduce the
amount of airborne chemicals and metallics as
well as help to create greater spiritual,
physical, and emotional harmony.
diffusers can run continuously until it is out
of oil, the greatest therapeutic benefit is
received by diffusing oils for only 15 minutes
out of an hour so that the olfactory system has
time to recover before receiving more oils. This
also helps to conserve your oils. A simple way
to do this is to use a programmable timer that
can automatically turn on your diffuser each
hour for 15 minutes.
for Air Purification
essential oils in the home or work place is one
of the best ways to purify our environment. The
anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic
properties of the oils, along with the negative
ions and oxygenating molecules that are released
when essential oils are diffused, all help to
reduce chemicals, bacteria, and metallics in the
mountain savory, oregano, and Theives (a blend
by Young Living Essential Oils), were all tested
by Weber State University and were shown to kill
100% of the airborne bacteria present when
diffused into the atmosphere.
information above is from the Reference
Guide for Essential Oils by
Connie & Alan Higley, and from KID-Radio
broadcast, March 5, 1996 with Lance Richardson
& Dr. Gary Young.
are produced naturally by wind and rain. They
help stimulate the parasympathetic nervous
system which controls rest, relaxation,
digestion, and sleep. If you live in a stressful
environment, or an environment full of
electronic equipment (which produce positive
ions), the diffusion of negatively ionizing oils
can help balance the ions in the air and produce
a more stress free environment.
ionize negatively when diffused include:
bergamot, cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus (citriodora),
grapefruit, lavandin, lavender, lemon,
lemongrass, mandarin, orange, patchouly, &
are produced by electronic equipment and are
typically found in man-made environments. They
help stimulate the sympathetic nervous system,
necessary for recovering, strengthening, and
energizing. If you live in an environment with
an over-abundance of negative ions, such as in
the country or by the ocean, you may benefit
greatly by diffusing positively ionizing oils.
ionize positively when diffused into the air
include: cajeput, clove, cypress, eucalyptus,
frankincense, helichrysum, juniper, marjoram,
melaleuca (quinquenervia), palmarosa, pine,
ravensara, rosemary, thyme, & ylang ylang.
for the Season: Fall/Winter
winter connote an earthy, heavy scent, rich with
the traditions and memories of the holidays.
Oils that work
well during this time include: cinnamon bark,
pine, cedar, cedarwood, fir, frankincense,
juniper, myrrh, orange, mandarin, sandalwood,
vetiver, nutmeg, oregano, spruce, tangerine,
for the Season: Spring/Summer
summer connote a light, airy scent, full of
life, energy, and possibly a hint of romance!
Oils that work
well during this time include: cardamom,
citronella, coriander, eucalyptus, geranium,
ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, lime,
palmarosa, peppermint, rose, spearmint, &
Forest Air Freshening Blend
Spruce - 50
Lavender - 25 drops
Eucalyptus - 25 drops
Cedarwood - 20 drops
Add blend to
diffuser and diffuse for a forest fresh scent!
adapted from 500 Formulas for
Aromatherapy by Carol
& David Schiller, ©1994.
Palmarosa - 24
Ylang ylang - 3 drops
Clary sage - 6 drops
Nutmeg - 6 drops
Lime - 12 drops
Add blend to
diffuser and diffuse.
adapted from The Complete Book of
Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by
Valerie Ann Worwood, ©1991.
Deep Relaxation Blend
Lavender - 30
Marjoram - 10 drops
Mandarin - 5 drops
Add blend to
diffuser and diffuse for real relaxation!
adapted from Aromatherapy: Soothing
Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal by
Valerie Gennari Cooksley, R.N., ©2002.