It’s Raining… Let’s Diffuse!

Another rainy day here in NY state.  And already at 9am it’s also really muggy.  I have a couple things I need to get done in the house today, so I’m basically stuck inside on this gloomy, grey day.  But, instead of letting the day drag me down I decided to make my own summer inside by mixing up a new essential oil diffuser recipe.

19349308_10100897893925519_586691394_oNothing screams summer like lemonade.  A nice, cool, refreshing glass of lemonade on a hot summer day.  I absolutely love lemons.  They are so cheery and bright.  I decided to make a lavender lemonade diffuser blend to make my house seem summery, and let me tell you it smells amazing!!!  Definitely perks me right up and turns my mood around.

Isn’t it amazing how scents can change your mood?  Just smelling something uplifting, or happy like lemon can energize me.  Lavender is so relaxing.  Scents play such an important role in our life.  They can trigger memories, they can uplift, they can change your mood.

I love essential oils exactly for this reason.  If I’m feeling down, or even if I’m feeling ok but need some energy, there is always an essential oil I can turn to.  Not to mention that I can also use essential oils to clean my house, do my laundry, make soap, etc…

Essential oils are everywhere now-a-days.  Just go to your local Walmart and you can find essential oils.  But, not all essential oils are alike.  I can’t stress this enough, but it is so important to do your homework and know where your oil comes from.

“An essential oil is a highly aromatic, concentrated oil that is distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, needles, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other highly aromatic plant parts. While most essential oils are water or hydro distilled, citrus essential oils are either cold pressed or steam distilled from the rinds (peels) of citrus fruits.  Essential oils are highly concentrated, and a little goes a long way.”

Pure essential oils are derived from plant material and nothing else.  Isn’t that amazing?  But, some oils that are sold in the store are adulterated.

“Essential oils are not cheap to make. In fact, pure essential oils are expensive, labor intensive, and subject to all kinds of hard work. They are pricey, as any pure product, carefully grown and extracted should be. In order to make essential oils less costly, some companies will “extend” essential oils. That means, they will stretch them by diluting them in some way.

Essential oil blends are often blended with a fatty oil base, and if it is sold as such, that is NOT adulteration. Some oils however are sold as “pure” essential oil, when they actually have been extended in some way, and then sold cheaper.”

A great rule of thumb is if an oil is cheap… run!  You only want to buy pure essential oils so you are getting the full benefits, not to mention that adulterated oils can be extremely unsafe as you don’t know what is in them.

This is why I love Young Living.  They not only own their own farms and have a hand in every step of the oils’ production, but they also offer what they call a Seed To Seal Guarantee.  They guarantee that your oil is the purest oil available and that is has undergone numerous testing to back this up.


Another thing I love about Young Living is that they have been around for over 20 years!  Also, every single bottle of essential oil that you buy has a unique number imprinted on the side.  If you call customer service and read them that individual unique number they can trace that one bottle of oil back to the farm it came from, it’s testing, etc…  I think it’s amazing how much Young Living stands behind their products and their purity.

Anyhow, I could go on and on about oils and I will discuss more ways to use essential oils in upcoming posts because it is a huge part of my M.U.D. Lifestyle.  I use essential oils every day and love them.  I am always discovering new recipes to try to help me live my all-natural life.  From cleaning, to laundry, to mood enhancement… it’s amazing all the things essential oils can do.

My Lavender Lemonade Diffuser recipe for today combines lemon, lavender and spearmint together for a nice, summery, light, uplifting, calming scent.  I just want to share with you some information about each oil.

Lemon: Lemon Essential oil is cold pressed from the rinds of the lemon.  To make just one 15ml bottle of Lemon Essential oil you need 75 lemons!  It has a refreshing, uplifting smell and is described as “Cheerful, sweet, nostalgic” [].  Lemon essential oil can be used for everything from cleaning to skin and hair and helping to brighten your mood.

Lavender:  Lavender is a very calming oil.  It’s scent is described as “Fresh, floral, clean, and calm.” [].  It takes 27 square feet of lavender plant just to make one 15ml bottle of Lavender Essential oil.  Lavender is another multi-purpose oil and can be used on your skin, hair and to help invoke a calm mood.

Spearmint: Spearmint is described as an “invigorating fragrance that is uplifting and calming.” [].

Each of these oils offer lots more benefits than just the ones listed above, but today I’m mostly focusing on the benefits they offer aromatically.  The Lavender Lemonade Diffuser Blend that I made today is a very calming, uplifting, invigorating blend and I’d love to know what you think of it if you try it out.

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