7 all-time-useful aromatherapy blends for self and family

Aromatherapy is not an one-time remedy for ailments. It is an ongoing therapy wherein we use essential oils to alleviate symptoms or treat disorders and thereby, reduce our pain or suffering or health related problems. Aromatherapy blends are used in  skin care, personal care, as cure for major diseases, as aromatic air fresheners, bath salts and for massaging purposes. It is a diverse field comprising of oils made from plant substances like extracts, herbs, barks, resins, roots and other plant parts.  It takes a lot of time to analyze and use such a multifarious science and hence, a novice may need guidance on which oils are important and which cure the common ailments. This article will throw light on the most commonly used essential oil blends for emotional, physical and family well being.

All-time-useful essential oil blends: All these blends are formulated by Dr. Carolyn Selby. These are essential oils blends which help with common conditions like emotional downs, physical stress or body pain, disruptions in family relationships or infected home environment etc.


1. Stress Buster blend: This blend is ideal for improving your emotional well being and is best used as a massage oil. Add 2 drops of Clary Sage to 2 drops of Frankincense and 1 drop of Sandalwood. Blend with 1 tbsp of Almond or Grapeseed oil and mix the ingredients well. Apply the prepared blend on the back, neck and shoulders for a relaxing and soothing effect.

2. Relaxing Bath blend: If you are down with the blues, nothing can cheer you up as a well-prepared aromatic bath. For a stress-buster bath, mix 4 drops of Bergamot with 4 drops of Geranium and 2 drops of Vetiver and disperse the oils well in a warm bath water. For unscented bubble bath, blend the oils with 1 tbsp of Grapeseed. Soak for about 15-20 minutes in the bath water and inhale the vapors that emanate. You will feel extraordinarily refreshed and stress-free after the bath. Do not let the water get into your eyes as it may sometimes cause irritation.

3. Concentration Tonic: The power of focus is a gift not found in many. To improve your power of concentration and clear your head of worries and fears before exams or interviews, put 1 or 2 drops of Basil or Rosemary in a tissue and sniff before the event/exam/interview.  You will feel confident and focused on the job at hand.

4. Nasal Congestion clearance: For clearing nasal congestion (a common condition with many), use 4 drops of Niaouli with 2 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of Tea Tree oil and disperse into warm bath water. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes and inhale the vapors. Your nostrils will be cleared and you will feel relieved after this.

5. Headache Relief Massage Blend: Headache is one of the most common ailments with everyone in the family. Aromatherapy can help treat headaches with essential oils. Add 2 drops of Lavender with 2 drops of Marjoram and 1 drop of Peppermint. Blend the mixture with 1 tbsp of Almond or Grapeseed oil and massage on to the upper back, neck and shoulders. Apply to temples and other painful areas. You can alternatively put these on a tissue and also inhale.

6. For Insomnia Relief: Many people are afflicted with the insomnia bug. To cure sleeplessness, add 4 drops of Roman Chamomile to 4 drops of Clary Sage and 2 drops of Neroli and disperse in warm bath water. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes, inhaling the vapors. You will feel sleepy after this treatment.

7. Anti-aging Cure: Aging is a chief skin care issue these  days. This aromatherapy blend can help in reducing wrinkles and act as a base cream for nourishing skin. To prepare the cream, add 4 drops of Frankincense with 4 drops of Petitgrain and 3 drops of Rose Otto. Mix the oils with 5 ml of Evening Primrose oil, 5 ml of Wheatgram oil and 25 ml of plain base cream. When the blend is done, store in an airtight glass jar and apply to the face and neck daily in the morning and night.

Aromatherapy for Mr. Fit: 6 workout blends for fitness gurus

To be fit is to be healthy, they say. Fitness is often achieved by workouts, stringent diet plans and other relaxing techniques. But a new way to achieve fitness or boost your workout schedule is through aromatherapy. You can use essential oils to gain a positive attitude about fitness and workouts and thereby, use them to get into perfect shape. Essential oils can aid in boosting your confidence and increasing your sense of commitment to a workout. Some oils are activating, while others are soothing or odor-fighting.

Essential oil workout blends: You can use the following workout blends to improve your exercise regime or inspire you to perform a thorough workout.

1. Inspiring blends: These essential oil blends can inspire and invigorate you to perform a thorough workout. You can use any of the following oils to prepare a blend – Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir Needle, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Petitgrain, Orange, Lime, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemongrass, Lemon, Lavender and others.


2. Relaxing blends: After a workout, you are left with sore or tender muscles which need relaxation. To soothe your muscles after relaxation, use the following oils – Cedarwood, Chamomile, Jasmine, Frankincense, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Patchouli.

3. Anti-odor and Refreshing blends: When it comes to anti-odor oils or refreshing oils, Citrus oils stand out of the crowd. You can use Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Fir needle, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Orange, Tangerine etc. Essential oils like Coriander, Fir needle, Juniper Berry, and Lavender annihilate odors and refresh yourself.

Application of essential oils:
You need to be careful before applying essential oils on to your skin. This is because, though healers, essential oils are concentrated plant substances that should not be applied to skin directly. In order to be safe with essential oils, you need to add essential oils with carrier oils. This would avoid the aromas from distracting you from work outs and from fellow gym users. Even a light dose of the essential oils can become stronger as you work out. Body heat can react vigorously with your oil dose and produce an overwhelming effect.

To include essential oils in your workout regimes, add 1% of the chosen oil to carrier oils like vegetable oils, mineral salts, pure water, unscented bath products (like shampoos, conditioners, gels etc). You can also use a water spray mister to enjoy workout blends. You can spray the blends on to your workout towel for inhalation and other purposes.

4. Workout Blend: If you are not inspired to go for your regular workout, use this blend of energizing oils – Lemon, Lavender, Petitgrain, Rosemary and Eucalyptus.

5. After Workout Blend: When you are out of a workout, you will be tired and will have sore muscles. This After-Workout Blend will have a soothing and therapeutic effect of your body. You can use Cedarwood, Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender and Rose to prepare this blend and then, massage it on to your body.

6. After Workout Shower Blend: This is ideal for use during an after workout shower. You can wash away the grime and sweat you have accumulated after your workout with this aromatic blend. Use refreshing oils like Lavender, Coriander, Grapefruit and Tangerine to prepare a blend and apply while showering.

Pursuing the elusive: 4 essential oil blends for peace and happiness

Happiness is the will-o-the-wisp of our lives. The more we pursue it, the less we attain it. At one time, we feel like we have it in us, at another time, there is a complete blackout and life looks grim and sober. Happiness and peacefulness are indeed two important factors that mark our well-being. Success itself is often a measure of happiness and even the most successful find it difficult to stay happy. Essential oils can bring in happiness and joy to the restless minds. Citrus oils are often boosters of the mind and they create a pleasant, happy environment free of worries and problems.

How essential oils can bring joy: Essential oils can be used to make you happy in the most versatile ways. Whether you use them as diffusers, as bath salts, in massage or for inhalation, a few essential oils can pep up your mood and escalate you from a state of sobriety to instant joy and amusement. Some of the few essential oils that can be used to increase your joy:


1. Orange: A perfect anti-gloom oil that can induce a sense of joy and playfulness in you. It is ideal even for couples who want to share a romantic evening.

2. Mandarin: This oil is all about simple fun. It brings with it laughter, humor, child-like energy and playfulness. Inhale the oil and you are in the midst of fun.

3. Grapefruit: You see more fun and happiness in everyday life when you use Grapefruit oil. It enhances your energy, amusement levels and excitement quotient.

4. Lemon: Lemon is all about humor. Add the oil in your bath water for a refreshing bath or enhance your energy, mood and happiness with a whiff of lemon.

5. Lime: If you are all negative or dumped in blues, Lime should be the oil of your choice. Bring humor to yourself and vivify your life by using this oil in a diffuser or bath salt.

Essential oil blends for happiness:
Many essential oil blends can help you gain stability and happiness in lives. You can use the below blends in a diffuser, as a massage oil, as a bath salt or in bath water.

Essential oil blends for bliss: Add 2 drops of Bergamot with 1 drop of Jasmine, 1 drop of Rose and 2 drop of Sandalwood. Mix the blend and inhale it or use it in a diffuser at your home. All the people in your home can benefit from this.

Essential oils for joyfulness: To be happy requires skill and confidence. But you can make you mood light with the following blend of essential oils – 2 drops of Basil, 1 drop of Geranium, 3 drops of Melissa and 2 drops of Sandalwood. Mix the ingredients for an aromatic blend.

Essential oils for warmth: Experience a sense of warmth with this essential oil blend. Add 2 drops of Black Pepper to 3 drops of Patchouli, 4 drops of Rosewood and 3 drops of Ylang Ylang. Mix the ingredients well to create a fragrant blend and use in it your diffuser or bath water.

How to use: For diffusing blends, you need to add 20 drops of the chosen blend in your diffuser. For bathing, you need include 15 drops of the blend in your bath oil recipe or 5 drops of the same in lukewarm bath water. For massaging, use 10 drops of the chosen blend in your massage oil recipe. If you wanted to freshen your atmosphere, use 30 drops of the chosen blend in your air freshener recipe.

Don’t bite heads off: Aromatherapy blends for anger management

Your boss. Your neighbor. That infuriating talk show host. Your teen’s shoddy behavior. Your spouse’s irresponsible drinking habit. The traffic on the way to your office. Your incorrigible in-laws. Your stupid colleague. Your oft-disconnected WiFi network. And above all, the hell a lot of noise your neighbor’s poodle makes at night. Just think. What are the things that drive you up a wall? How many people infuriate you with their behaviors? How aggressive are you when you become angry?

Anger management is not that easy. People who have been there and done it, know. Though research, therapies and medications are there to help with controlling your anger, nothing helps without you taking the first step. Often, this involves being dumb about your anger and loading the hurt inside. This can be more harmful as you can explode at one point if you keep suppressing your fury. It can also affect you physically and psychologically if you are not taking care of yourself. Research has found out that people with high blood pressure saw a jump in their pressure when they were angry. For some, anger can lead to asthma symptoms and angina attacks. In brief, anger can be all-consuming if you are not careful or do not know how to manage it.


Aromatherapy for anger management: Essential oils can do a lot in controlling anger. With their calming and soothing effects, essential oils reduce everyday anger and make you peaceful and at home with yourself. The following aromatherapy blends can help control anger:

1. Rose oil: Rose is a symbol of beauty and love. The very thought of the flower or a whiff of the oil can bring peace in you. You can inhale the oil directly from the bottle or rub it on to your pulse points for better performance. If possible, you can add a few drops on to your handkerchief and use it all through the day. A more economical way of using the oil is to use a candle diffuser. This would be more beneficial as you can share it with everyone at home.

2. Aromatherapy blends: You can use the following blends as diffuser oils, bath oils, massage oils, air fresheners and bath salts. Before we look at the proportions of the blends to be used, let’s get an overview of the blends:

Blend 1:
For most calming effects, mix 1 drop of Rose with 3 drops of Orange and 1 drop of Vetiver.

Blend 2: For a pleasant atmosphere, add 3 drops of Bergamot to 1 drop of Ylang Ylang and 1 drop of Jasmine

Blend 3: For a sense of peace and refreshment, add 1 drop of Roman Chamomile to 2 drops of Bergamot and 2 drops of Orange.

Blend 4: For easy everyday use, add 3 drops of Orange oil to 2 drops of Patchouli.

3. How to use aromatherapy blends for anger: Once you have prepared or experimented with your blends, you can use them in the following ways:

Diffuser oils: Add 20 drops of your blend (can be got by multiplying your blend 4 times) to your diffuser following your manufacturer’s instructions.

Bath oils: Bathing is a great way to temper your anger. Multiply your blend by 3 times and add 15 drops of it to your bath oil recipe.

Massage oils: Use 10 drops of your blend, mix it with a good carrier oil and massage your body with it. Massaging can relax your tensed muscles and bring you peace of mind.

Bath salts: Adding anger-controlling oils in your bath salts recipe is a good idea to bring in a sense of peace. Add 5 drops of your chosen blend to your regular bath salt recipe.

Air Fresheners: To make the whole room or living area aromatic and bring in a sense of peaceful atmosphere, add 30 drops of your blend to your air freshener recipe.

When the head hurts: 4 ways to use aromatherapy for headaches

It can be really painful when it hurts in the head. Headaches and migraines can paralyze your daily routine and havoc your schedules, meetings or office work. You will become stressed and physically inactive when you have a severe migraine or a cluster headache. Though many oral medications offer relief, nothing works better like aromatherapy. Rubbing your favorite essential oil or inhaling a blend or adding a relaxing essential oil blend to your bath can alleviate the pain and stress caused by headaches and migraines.

Essential oils for headaches/migraines: Choosing a particular essential oil for your headaches can be very tough. Your body needs to respond to the oil and the oil’s properties should relax and de-stress you from headache pain. Normally, the following carrier oils and essential oils are used for preparing headache/migraine blends:

Carrier Oils: Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Avocado, Coconut, Sesame
Essential Oils: Lavender, Peppermint, Melissa, Jasmine, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Bay


Before you start using an oil or preparing an essential oil blend, you need to understand how intense and difficult your headache is. If you feel depressed, panicked or anxious because your migraines, you need to use oils that treat depression and anxiety. On the other hand, if you feel troubled or sleepless because of the headaches, use oils that induce sleeping or relaxing effect. Below are a few ways to use essential oils for headaches/migraines:

1. Migraine Blend: Add Sweet Almond oil to two-thirds of a bottle and mix the following with the Almond oil – 6 drops of Lavender, 6 drops of Clary Sage, 6 drops Chamomile, 12 drops Peppermint and shake the blend well. Check the fragrance of the blend. If it is unpleasant to you, add whichever oil pleases you or whichever will make the blend more pleasant. Apply the blend on temples and areas that are painful. Don’t overdo the massaging part. Keep it light. You can also rub some on to your palm and inhale it.

2. Relaxing Blend:
A relaxing blend can help you stay calm and soothe your pain. Use this recipe to prepare a sleep blend of essential oils for your headaches/migraines. Like the previous recipes, add 2/3s  of Sweet Almond oil in a bottle and mix the following with the carrier oil – 6 drops Lavender, 6 drops of Bergamot and 6 drops of Chamomile. If the bottle is still not full, add Jasmine oil (mixed with 10% of Jojoba oil). You can also substitute this with Mandarin oil to make the fragrance pleasant. Mix everything by shaking the bottle. You can apply the blend on your temples or even sprinkle on your pillow etc. to induce a calm and sleepy environment. When you go to sleep, your headache will be gone.

3. Compress for headache: Add 5 drops of Eucalyptus or Lavender oil to 1 cup of cold water. Swish a soft cloth in the blend. Wring out the cloth and place it on your forehead and eyes. Use throughout the day as much as you can. The pain and severity will be reduced.

4. Migraine/Headache hand soak: Add 5 drops of Lavender oil to 5 drops of Ginger oil in 1 quart of hot water (at about 110 degrees F). Soak your hands in the blend for at least 3 minutes. You will feel relieved and relaxed when you do this. You can repeat the therapy if required.

Bite that bug back: 6 aromatherapy tips for insect bites and stings

Insect bites, bee stings, gnat and chigger bites can cause inflammation, pain, swelling and itching on the skin. Though going to the doctor is a possible option, it is a bit expensive for an ordinary insect bite. This is where essential oils come handy. Many aromatherapy oils can be used in treating insect and mosquito bites in the body. Some oils also protect the body by keeping the bugs off, completely. Whatever be your option – bug treatment or bug-off recipe – aromatherapy can help a lot in keeping bugs at bay.

Essential oils for insect bites: Insect bites are not that debilitating like other skin disorders or infections. But they can be irritating and painful if left untreated. There are several essential oil remedies for bug bites and below are a few of them:
1. Essential oils for bug bites: Some of the commonly-used essential oils for bug bites and bee stings are Lavender, Tea Tree, Chamomile, Peppermint and Eucalyptus. A few oils which can keep bugs completely out of your environment are – Birch, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Pine and Sandalwood. While Peppermint stops itching and repels ants, Lavender and others heal the inflammation and wound caused by the bite.

2. Oils to dab on to your skin: Some conditions like mosquito bites, insect bites and others which do not need much attention can be treated with direct application of essential oils. You can dab oils like Lavender, Tea Tree, Roman Chamomile or Eucalyptus directly on to the affected skin area and get instant relief from itching. Chamomile and other oils can reduce the swelling and inflammation, reducing the itching and allergies caused by bug bites.

3. Bug-off repellents: This blend keeps bugs at bay. To prepare the blend, add 12 drops of Citronella with 12 drops of Eucalyptus, 6 drops of Cedarwood, 6 drops of Geranium and 1 oz of rubbing alcohol or vodka. Mix all the ingredients together and dab on to the skin directly. If you have added too much of alcohol, avoid rubbing excess of the blend on to your skin. Excess massaging can cause skin damage and hence apply on a cloth above the skin area. This would also avoid too much absorption of the blend through your skin.

4. Poultice for bug bites and stings: If you are stung by strong insects like bees, you need to first pull the stinger out and then treat with essential oils. To prepare bite and sting poultice, you need to add 12 drops of Lavender with 5 drops of Chamomile, 1 tbsp of Bentonite clay, 1 teaspoon of tincture and 2 teaspoons of distilled water. Put the clay in a container and mix with all the other ingredients. Add essential oils and then, stir to distribute them evenly. When the mixture is of the consistency of a thick paste, apply on to the affected area. You can store this paste for several days in a tight lid container. If the paste is dehydrated, add a little diluted water to bring it back to the paste-like consistency and use.

5. For gnat and chigger bites: Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 3 drops of Thyme oil and make a blend. Apply the blend to bitten area and get relief. You can also work with Peppermint oil mixed with a carrier oil.

6. Insect repellent: To prepare an insect repellent, add 25 drops of Cajeput oil with 19 drops of Lemon, 19 drops of Geranium, 13 drops of Cedarwood and 2 oz of Sweet Almond oil. Mix the ingredients in a plastic pet bottle and apply to exposed skin area whenever needed.

Bon voyage (minus discomfort): 5 aromatherapy cures for travel disorders

Aromatherapy can be of great help to travelers. If you are a travel freak or one forced to travel all around the world, on account of business or personal reasons, chances are, you suffer from a lot of travel ailments. You may have jet lag after too many hours of continuous flying or fatigue and nausea after too much of road or rail traveling. Since travel cannot be avoided, the best solution to your ailments is a first aid aromatherapy kit. If you keep a few essential oils handy, you can avoid a lot of travel disorders and discomforts and experience the joy of traveling.

Aromatherapy for travel ailments: Many aches, ailments and pains hit a traveler and you are no exception. So, if you had to travel long distances, ensure that you carry at least a few basic essential oils mentioned here. Better if you have this essential oils kit with you always as you can undergo health problems even during short trips.


Essential oils to have during travel: Some of the best essential oils that you can carry while traveling include – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Geranium, Ginger, Peppermint, Rosemary and a few hydrosols (at least Lavender hydrosol). Below are a list of travel aromatherapy cures using these essential oils:

1. Ear and Sinus problem: One of the common problems with people undergoing air travel is ear discomfort, especially during flight take offs and landings. Though this is a minor discomfort, it can result in temporary pain, hearing loss and sinus problem. To avoid the problem, inhale Eucalyptus oil before take off and while landing. The oil has decongestant properties which help ease popping ears and clear any possible sinus discomfort.

2. To protect against infection: Flights are places where the air that circulates carries infectious germs from all passengers and spreads to the less-immune ones. To avoid trouble caused by the air system, use Lavender oil. Lavender oil is anti-viral and hence will support your immune system very effectively. You can also use Eucalyptus on account of its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Ensure you drink lots of water while flying and also avoid any sort of diuretic or stimulant or other drugs while using aromatherapy.

3. For nausea and headache: Nausea and headaches are common after long travel by rail or road or boat. Since you cannot avoid travel nor leave several breaks in between, it is better to keep yourself armed with an aromatherapy kit. Ensure that you have Ginger oil in your kit. You can take a drop or two of the oil in a tissue and inhale it deeply and regularly while traveling. You can add several drops of the oil to a cotton ball and do this. Use Peppermint oil if you suffer from a headache as a result of the nausea.

4. For a refreshing self: If you are dead tired after a particular travel, use Lavender hydrosol and refresh yourself. The hydrosol works wonders especially if you have had a long hot flight travel. You can also use the same to cleanse your face and clear your make-up. It is so refreshing that in a matter of seconds, you feel completely altered and geared up for you next expedition. You can also use it as an undiluted compress on the neck, shoulders and forehead to reduce headaches, tension and stress.

5. To relieve yourself of fatigue: Fatigue is one of the most common and worst byproducts of traveling. A fun trip becomes an exercise in exhaustion if you had to travel on long, bumpy roads or continuously for hours on different flights to reach your destination. Since exhaustion is unavoidable, you need to have a bottle of Rosemary handy to refresh and relieve your fatigue. You can apply the oil to any tissue and inhale it deeply. This will minimize your fatigue and help you recover quickly.

Burning bladders, infected kidneys: Aromatherapy for bladder infection

Infection of the urinary bladder is common among women than men. This is because, in women, the passage between the bladder and exit is very short and this leads to an increased possibility of infection than in men. It is estimated that about one out of four North American women suffer from bladder infections at least once in their lifetimes. Since infection can enter a woman’s body easily than in men, bladder infection can be debilitating for women. They can result in formation of cysts and a condition called Cystitis or infection of the kidney.

Symptoms of bladder infection: How do you identify that you have a bladder infection? You have a heaviness in your bladder. You have a burning sensation in your genitals as you urinate. You may get false alarms which would force you to go to toilets only to find that your infection is playing truant with you. Sometimes there is a dull ache in the lower back. If your infection has reached this last stage, contact your doctor immediately as this be an early sign of a kidney infection. Yes, your bladder infection can spread to your kidneys and rob you of your peace of mind.

Aromatherapy for bladder infection: There are several essential oils to be used for treatment of bladder infection. Some of them are: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Fir, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Sandalwood and Tea Tree oil. Other oils that can be used include – Cajeput, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Peppermint, Rosemary etc. Below are some of the ways on how to prevent or cure your bladder infection:

1. Bladder infection oil: Combine 8 drops of Juniper Berry or Cypress oil with 6 drops of Tea Tree, 6 drops of Bergamot, 2 drops of Fennel and 2 drops of Vegetable oil. Mix the blend well and massage on to your bladder area. Your bladder is below your lower abdomen. You can also add the oil to your bath tub.

2. Blend for Sitz bath: Add 5 drops of Rosemary to 5 drops of Lavender in a hot bath. Sit in the bathtub with hot water for about 10 minutes. Enough if you immerse your body till your waistline in water. After the particular time, switch to a tub of cold water for at least one minute. You can do this 4 or 5 times to clear your bladder of impurities.

3. E.Coli killer: As most of us know, the main reason behind bladder infections are E.Coli, the powerful and harmful bacteria. It is responsible for this and a few vaginal infections. Cranberry juice is famous for treating your bladder infection. Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, is also a cause for such urinary and vaginal infections.

Diffuse to defend: 6 aromatherapy diffuser blends to guard against infection

Diffusing essential oils in your home environment is useful in many ways than one. Though many tend to think of diffusing as a laborious or unnecessary thing, it is not so. When you diffuse a micro-fine, vaporized mist of essential oil blends in a room or enclosed atmosphere, you defend yourself and your family against potentially life-threatening bacteria and viruses.

Why should you diffuse oils? A diffuser is a special air pump designed to disburse essential oils in a micro-fine vapor in an enclosed space. The vapors stay suspended in the area for several hours, killing or paralyzing infectious organisms. Such diffused oils not just freshen the room with natural fragrances but also kill the pathogens that live in the environment. By using a diffuser, you protect your living atmosphere from dangerous infectious germs, fungus and microbes.


You may ask how diffusing can help with regard to infections outside the home environment. It may not help with infections contracted from outside environment, but it will certainly aid in not letting the infection spread to others in your home. Breathing in air diffused with essential oils will kill and clear any virus or bacteria lining your respiratory tract. It creates a defense mechanism inside you, guarding you against all kinds of possible future infections too. Though there are many devices available to diffuse essential oils at home, not many use it on account of their lack of knowledge in using diffusers and blending oils. This article will give you six most common and easy recipes on how to blend oils to be used in a diffuser.

Diffusing essential oils – tips: Diffusing essential oils releases negative ions which kill microbes and prevent them from infecting people. So, you need to be careful with the amount of oils used in a diffuser pump. Thicker essential oils, in general, diffuse slowly than thinner oils. A 15 ml bottle of a thicker oil like Sandalwood may take about 48 hours to diffuse completely, while a thinner oil like Lemon will diffuse within 8 hours. Oils that can be diffused on a daily basis include – Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood etc. You can blend oils and diffuse them for greater benefits. Below are some of the most popular diffuser blends used at homes:

1. Blend 1: Use 4 drops of Rosewood with 5 drops of Lavender and  1 drop of Ylang Ylang.

2. Blend 2: Use 5 drops of Rosemary with 1 drop of Peppermint, 3 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of Roman Chamomile

3. Blend 3: Add 2 drops of Grapefruit and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang to 2 drops of Lemon and create a blend.

4. Blend 4: Mix 7 drops of Sweet Orange with 4 drops of Ylang Ylang to create an aromatic blend

5. Blend 5: Add 8 drops of Sweet Orange to 4 drops of Patchouli to make a nice blend and use it in your home environment, especially living area.

6. Blend 6: Use 5 drops of Peppermint with 5 drops of Lavender and 9 drops of Sweet Orange to make a light blend. This may diffuse faster, but will definitely lend a cozy feel to your home.

When you prepare a blend, remember to read through the instructions of the manufacturer. Add only required drops of essential oils to each blend, else you may end up making a highly concentrated essential oil or a very light diffuser blend.

Sneezy routines, droplet days: Aromatherapy for chest congestion

Sneezing, cough and congestion are common during autumn or winter. Cold and flu are so common that almost everyone who has a low immunity level becomes vulnerable to it. Since the flu virus spreads from person to person very rapidly, preventing it can be difficult. Sinus infection can also be a source of headaches, runny noses and droplet infection if left untreated. However, the oral over the counter drugs that we take often fail to offer immediate or complete relief. This is why it becomes important to search for alternative remedies. Control over your condition can be achieved only through natural remedies like essential oils.

Essential oils for congestion: Chest congestion can be both painful and troublesome. You will have difficulty in breathing, excessive mucus blockage in the nasal passages accompanied by flu, cough and sniffles. It is always better to keep a stock of essential oils for treatment of such conditions. Some of the essential oils that help with chest and nasal congestion are – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon, Tea Tree oil, Ravensara, and Frankincense. Most of these essential oils have anti-viral properties which make them immuno-stimulators and flu-annihilators. They act upon the flu virus, and give immediate relief.


Below are some of the commonly-used essential oils for chest congestion:

1. Eucalyptus oil: When it comes congestion, nothing works like Eucalyptus oil. The active chemical compounds in the oil work well in clearing nasal blockages and sinus congestion. Like menthol, Eucalyptus oil acts on receptors in the nasal mucosa and reduce the symptoms of congestion. The astringent properties of the oil also help with reducing inflammation of the mucous membrane and the upper respiratory tract. The oil is also an antiseptic which has strong germicidal properties to effectively kill staphylococcus bacteria and also treat tuberculosis. Studies have proved that Eucalyptus is so vehement on bacteria that even a 2% diluted solution of the oil can kill 70% of air-bone staphylococcus bacteria.

With Eucalyptus oil, you can inhale it through steam inhalation or use an aromatherapy diffuser. The chemical component called ‘Eucalyptol’ in the oil will destroy the bacteria and loosen the phlegm.

2. Pine oil: Pine oil is good for highly congested chest or nose. Owing to its healing and strong aromatic properties, it helps with coughs, chills and aches related to flu and common cold.

3. Lavender and Peppermint oils: Lavender oils fight infection, reduces inflammation and eases congestion. Peppermint oil, like Lavender oil, reduces infection, clears congestion and kills the flu-virus.

Some of the methods that can clear congestion using these essential oils include – aromatherapy diffuser, steam inhalation and aromatic baths. Quick relief can be got by using Eucalyptus and Peppermint oil combined with steam. The steam opens up the blocked bronchial passages, making breathing a simple and easy affair. Another classic way to use essential oils is to add drops of the oils into a bowl of boiling water, lean over it and inhale the steam (from escaping) by covering with a towel. Doing this for five minutes can clear nasal congestion completely.

Chest-rub Massage oil:
This massage oil can be used for children who have bronchial or respiratory infection. It can be rubbed on to the chest for instant relief. Recipe includes –

  • 1 drop Lavender oil
  • 1 drop Tea Tree oil
  • 1 drop Niaouli oil
  • 1 drop Sandalwood oil
  • 25 ml of Jojoba oil

Mix the oils and when the blend is ready, massage them on to the chest for congestion relief.